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Things to Consider When Planning a Baby - Robert Lobitz
 
Things to Consider When Planning a Baby
A lot of people don't realize how much is involved with planning a new baby. When planning a baby, there are many things to consider. You need to think about the costs involved, how much time the baby will take up out of your busy life and several other things.

If both parents have a full time job, it's not usually a problem to get time off. Many employers will allow employees to have maternity leave and then return to their job after a few months, so that may not be an aspect that you need to worry about. However, if you're self employed or run your own business, it may be more difficult to keep it going as well as looking after a baby. You could always get babysitters or relatives and family friends to help you out, but it's best to make sure that there are people that would be willing to help you, before taking for granted that you'll get the assistance you need.

Although you may want a baby, don't rush into it and end up having to sacrifice a business that you've spent years building up. It is arguably worse if the mother is the one who is self employed; if the father is the one running the business, it is usually much easier to work around the baby.

The costs involved in looking after a baby are almost endless, and even the small things mount up eventually. Larger things such as baby changing stations, prams and car seats are the main items on your list, but then there are nappies, baby clothes and bottles to think about as well. You also need to make sure that you have enough space in your home to fit the baby's cot, any baby changing stations and trolleys that you have purchased, as well as a set of drawers to keep all the baby clothes.

Recommended:  book
"The new parent"
by author Martha
 

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