Pregnancy means advice. Unsolicited, solicited, helpful, wanted, unwanted advice. From diapers, feed times, sleep times, books, toys and all things baby! Here, I am sharing some really practical things that don’t come in a parenting book, but could make a whole lot of difference to your little one:
1. Bank Account – I’m not a financial planner, but I know the earlier savings start, the bigger the returns. So, what better than day 1 of your baby’s life! Every Indian household receives gifts in the form of cash (or cheque or paytm) for the baby. Instead of buying stuff from it or using it in household expenses, make a habit to deposit the money into a Bank Account.
Yes, you heard me right! You, as parents can become nominees. If you’re already into financial planning, you may find better use of that money in the form of Mutual Funds/other investments. But for novices, easiest is to put all money received from relatives for the baby into this account, thus creating a corpus from as young as baby’s day 1. If you have a daughter, there’s an interesting account type that is also a tax – saving tool, under Sec 80C – Sukanya Samriddhi Account. More details here – www.
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2. Passport – Now this may seem redundant for a baby. But even if you may not have foreseeable foreign plans yet, there is no harm in keeping documents ready. Most important being a passport. It only costs 900/- and everything happens online. You’ll only need to take a day out (during the week) for the interview, which is usually a few hours of work. And then it takes anywhere from a day to a week to be ready and dispatched. Since it is a baby under 5 years of age, police verification won’t be necessary, unless you’ve trained a Boss Baby! 🙂
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3. Prints of Photos – Today, we click our baby pictures from her birth, on phones, cams, tabs. But those live (and die) on the device. I say ‘die’ because it is often seen that hard disks crash, mobile phone are lost and with them go all photo memories! Trust me, you don’t want to go through the pain of losing those!
Define a day of the month (yes you’ll have to actually plan a whole day) and filter 50 photos that you want to print. If you don’t have time to go to a studio, you can get the prints at home. There are many sites that print and deliver hard copies at very reasonable costs, like printbucket.in, zoomin.com, printster.in (to name a few). You’ll be amazed to see your photo albums building 50 photos at a time. And yes, you can be worry-free!
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4. Cloud space – All smartphones, these days, come with cloud backup. If you aren’t a tech person, you may ask, what a cloud is! Cloud is a centralised online space where your photos and videos and everything else can be saved. Thus, if a device is lost, data stays safe.
Make sure you set automatic backup of all video content. So, if (or when) the device is lost, you can still access the videos online. This first step may sound slightly technical, so get your partner, a friend or someone tech-savvy to set it up. But it’s only this one step and then you can rest your mind.
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5. Baby Monitor App – People often advise new mothers to ensure they have some me time when the baby arrives. But no one says HOW? How can a mom rest when her entire time goes in rearing the baby. Her brain is conditioned to hear the slightest sound from the baby, even when sleeping. So here’s what you do!
When the baby sleeps, shut the door, step out to the living room – watch your favourite show or read a book or listen to music. And let the ‘Baby Monitor App’ worry about baby’s sounds. You’ll need 2 phones, that’s it. You can use a landline number, now will be a good time to get one if you don’t have a connection already. Keep the mobile phone in the baby’s room. The app will monitor the sound and when the baby cries, you’ll get a call on the other number. So you can swiftly go in and attend to the baby, come back to whatever you were doing earlier. I have seen all my favourite shows seamlessly even after my baby’s birth. That includes GoT season 7, the day the episodes came 😀
The best part is yet to come! You can take this wherever you go. You can go to a relative’s wedding. Leave the baby in a quiet room with one phone, keep another with you and you’re good to enjoy the wedding functions. Wait, did I already tell you the best thing…This app is free! Just search for Baby Monitor on your app store. Download here.
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6. A really good quality camera/camera phone – Trust me you’ll not regret this decision. In this world of awesome cameras, come awesome pictures. You can see how the internet is flooded with brilliant baby pictures! And I say every mom deserves to click ‘the best’ pictures of her child. Hence, plan in advance. On your bday before your delivery ask your husband for a really good camera phone. If you know how to handle a camera, then pick a DSLR. I planned well in advance and borrowed my parent’s 1100D, which is serving me well so far! Now I’m not a techie person, but from my experience with moms clicking pictures, I’ll share 3 phones that have awesome cameras – iPhone 8+ (high range), Samsung Galaxy S7 (mid-range) and Redmi Note 4 (low range).
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Note from author: This is NOT a sponsored post. All the brands mentioned are my personal observations/reviews.