Congratulations. You and your partner have got a positive pregnancy test and you are good to go with your parenthood journey. Right now you are probably extremely excited, but once that dies down reality sets in and you start to become concerned about what is to come. So I thought I would share with you some of the ways that you can prepare to become a first-time dad.
Prepare your mind
First of all, let’s start with the mind. Your thoughts can play huge tricks on you. You are, of course, delighted to become a parent, especially if this is something that you have wanted for some time. But I know that anxiety and negativity can creep in and start to put an element of doubt in your mind. You may start to question whether you are good enough. Whether you will be able to be a good dad and what it is really going to take. The truth is, everyone has these doubts, and so the best advice is to take each day as it comes. Prepare your mind and also talk to your partner about your anxious feelings and worries. You may find that she may be feeling exactly the same way.
Prepare the nursery
Once you have gotten over the worries you can now start thinking about the other things such as buying the essentials and preparing the nursery. There is so much to think about, from the furniture to stocking up the wardrobe with all of the clothes. A quick look online will help you feel inspired, from gorgeous nursery furniture from Cuckooland to the best baby monitors with video and WiFi connectivity. There is so much to think about, so make sure you take your time to come up with the budgets you have and the type of things that you would say are essentials.
Prepare for those first few weeks
The next thing you may want to think about is those first few weeks when the baby is born. The baby bubble is real, and you may want to ensure you can enjoy every moment. So booking time off might be the answer. You could also think about whether or not you want visitors, who will be coming to the hospital and how you want to play things. It is your time to bond with the baby, so do what feels right for you and your partner. Avoid booking in anything strenuous and take each day as it comes.
Prepare as a couple
Finally, try and prepare as much as you can as a couple. This could be anything from organising and being involved with the baby shower, booking extra scans to see the baby and also find out what the gender is, and even something called a babymoon. This is where you and your partner go away as a couple before the baby arrives to get some quality time in as a couple before your world changes.
I hope that this helps you to prepare now that you are becoming a father.
If you are planning a stag weekend abroad then you are undoubtedly going to be extremely excited. However, this excitement can often cloud your vision and allow you to forget about some important aspects, such as managing and looking after your money. A stag weekend can easily turn sour when problems on the cash front arise and thus you need to be savvy with your travel money. Read on to discover the top six travel money mistakes people tend to make so that you can ensure you do not follow suit.
Losing track of your wallet
This may seem like a rookie’s mistake – and that is because it is! However, you wouldn’t believe how many men lose their wallet when they are on vacation. From drunken nights out to sheer carelessness when at the beach; the reasons are endless yet it seems to happen time and time again. The best thing to do is keep the majority of your money in your safe at the hotel and just take out what you need. If you are a big spender then prepaid cards are a great route to go down because even if you do lose them you will be covered.
Exchanging money at the airport
This is a massive mistake. If you exchange your money at the airport then you are going to suffer from extremely poor value – the worst you will find. Why? Well, these companies know that you have no other choice. You have left your exchange to the last minute and thus even if you are unhappy with the exchange rate there is nothing you can do about.
Throwing everything into your suitcase
This can cost you a fortune if you get to your destination and find your clothes are covered in all of your toiletries. It does into cost a lot to buy a toiletry bag, and it can save you a lot of hassle. After all, who wants to spend a stag weekend clothes shopping?
Going wild on the credit card
There is nothing worse than spending on your credit card whilst abroad. You are almost certain to come home to a nasty surprise. Not only this but if you utilize any card whilst abroad you are going to get stung by charges for every purchase made. Thus you end up spending a lot more than you needed to.
Forgetting to purchase travel insurance
You can end up with a costly vacation on your hands if you don’t purchase travel insurance. A lot of people deem this to be an unnecessary expense… that’s until they learn the hard way of course. The last thing you want is for your suitcase to be lost but there be nothing you can do about it.
Not paying for a safe
Last but not least, a safe is another thing some people deem to be an unnecessary expense. However, it would be a massive mistake not to do this. If there is money lying around in your hotel room then there is every chance someone is going to take it. Safes don’t tend to be that expensive either, so between a few of you, it is really worth it.