Things to buy for baby
- Stroller (doubles as car seat and bassinet)
- Changing board
- Consumables (diapers, wipes, formula)
Things to buy for mom
- Maternity pads
- Ice packs
- Pack clothes, pillow, sheets for hospital stay
- Drive to ER and use the valet parking
- Make sure you have a car seat installed
Post-Delivery (in hospital)
- Three days of not much sleeping
- Help the mother with recovery and daily things
- Learn how to feed baby and change diapers
First two weeks
- Be ready for more sleep deprivatation (2-3 hour sleep cycles)
- Figure out a rotation plan for taking care of baby
- Bring baby to pediatrician for checkup
By first month
- Get feeding automation as that’s a big time saver
- Get passport for baby: easy forms and can apply at the post office. Hardest part is taking the baby passport photo
- Tummy time can begin. Expect more head movement and neck strength
By second month
- Shop for day cares
- Companies might give a some free back-up care days every calendar year (e.g. Bright Horizons) — use them to socialize the kid
- Debug order: burping, holding, diapers, feeding
By third month
- Buy high chair. Can feed them with one hand in there and easy for them to fall asleep in upright position (so don’t need to burp).
- Lots of eye contact, curiosity and weirdness.
- Get used to using laptop or phone 1-handed. Helps to have a bit of productivity while feeding or putting to sleep.
By fourth month
- New sounds and noises.
- Gets more picky and fussy about food and sleep.
- Hands start to change in terms of how they grab, every day.
- Responds to toys and sounds.
- Open bank accounts and figure out how to have tax-advantaged savings