3 Things to Do as Soon as Your Baby Has Arrived
Expecting your first baby is one of the most exciting yet nerve-wracking periods of your life. The joy of pregnancy and envisioning a future of family life is counterbalanced with the physical challenges of carrying a child and the emotional stress of having your life thrown utterly out of sync.
When worry threatens to overwhelm you, find comfort and confidence in planning for everything that is within your control. Purchase the essential products, seek advice from parents and support groups, and make arrangements for your maternity / paternity leave.
It is not only the pre-birth tasks that you can and should plan for in advance. Once you have a newborn, it is a guarantee that you will have your hands full! Take advantage of your child-free time and prepare for these three all-important things to do as soon as your baby has arrived.
Register the Birth
Due to travel restrictions, office closures, and general delays, parents who gave birth during the coronavirus pandemic had much longer than usual to register the birth and apply for their child’s birth certificate.
However, pre-pandemic rules have since been restored, and new parents must make sure to register the birth of their child at the local registry office within 42 days of the happy event.
During the registration, you will need to provide important details such as the place and date of birth, the proposed name of the child, and the occupation information of you and your partner.
In terms of documentation, you will have to take a form of official identification such as your passport, driving license, or even your own birth certificate. You may also be asked to provide proof of your address, such as a utility or council tax bill.
Collate the necessary information and documents proving your identity and keep everything together in one place to ensure that registering the birth of your baby is quick and easy.
Update Your Will
A will is a legal document primarily concerned with estate planning which organises the distribution of your wealth in the event of your death. In addition to financial plans, your will can also include practical arrangements such as directions for your funeral.
If you do not already have a will, it is important to contact a legal advisor and put one in place as soon as your baby is born to protect you and your family should the unexpected occur.
In addition to declaring your baby as a dependent and potential financial beneficiary, adding your child to your will allows you to appoint legal guardians who would be responsible for raising the child should you and your partner become unable to assume parenting duties.
Especially if you are a first-time parent, it is easy to lose track of the sea of paperwork that you are required to maintain in the first few weeks and months following the birth of your baby.
One of the most important documents is the red book provided by your health visitor. This is updated by the health advisor during each home visit following the birth to track your child’s growth and overall development.
You will also be given other medical records detailing the results of various important health tests. All of these documents will need to be kept safe so that they are easily accessible as and when required.
On a similar note, home health visits usually stop within the first six months after you have had the baby. It is therefore advisable to register the child (and yourself!) with your local GP as soon as possible so that you can call upon medical support as your little bundle of joy continues to grow!