Having a baby turns yours and your spouse’s world upside down. Nothing will ever be the same again once a baby arrives and with that comes a lot of things you must do not only to take care of your baby, but to take care of yourself and to remember those precious memories. It can get overwhelming remembering all of these new things you have to do and chances are you’ll probably forget something along the way (especially with the new mom brain). Luckily, we’re here to help you remember these 9 important items that you’ll want and need to do after your baby is born.
1. Write Down The Birth Story
One of the biggest mistakes I made after we had our son was that I didn’t write down his birth story within a few hours or days after he was born. I figured I would remember every single detail and ended up waiting a few months. Much to my surprise I ended up forgetting a lot and was really disappointed in myself. You’ll never want to forget even the tiniest of details from that day and writing them down will ensure that you, your husband, and your child will always be able to look back and remember how special that day was.
2. Find A Place For All The Baby’s Hospital Things
When you leave the hospital with your new baby, you’ll also leave with a handful of keepsakes as well from the baby’s hospital bracelet, to their newborn hat, to the placard that the hospital places in their bed during the stay. If you’re sentimental, you’ll want to find a safe place for all those keepsakes before you lose them or they get thrown away. You can put them in scrapbooks, shadow boxes, or even a memory box for your child to look back on when they get older. As long as they’re all in one place, they’ll be safe and not forgotten.
3. Report The Birth To Your Insurance
This is perhaps one of the most important things to do after you have your baby. You’ll want your baby to be covered on your insurance as soon as possible, so be sure to report the baby’s birth soon after it’s born. Usually there is a grace period where your insurance company will cover your baby for a short period of time before you officially have to add them (about 30 to 60 days), but it’s better to be safe than sorry.