As someone who recently had a new child, our first child, enter into my life; I can tell you right now that there will be many new stress and joys on a daily basis. Take my advice, to ensure there are more joys than stresses; make sure to do some preparation before birth. You need to take a hard look at your financial situation. Are you living above your means? You need to get that under control now. Start living on a budget now before your baby arrives. And make sure to plan for all the added expenses that come with a child. You will spend a lot of money on diapers, clothes and supplies. And you will spend a lot of money on medical expenses so make sure you have health insurance in place. If you are not sure about all the different insurances you might need, go online and do a little research.
I found a wealth of information at 21st Century Insurance. A couple things I never thought of before were having a personal liability insurance policy to guard my family’s assets from lawsuits. And on top of that, I also learned a lot about term life insurance. If anything ever happened to me, I would want to make sure my child and family were taken care of after I was gone. With the loss of my salary, this type of life insurance would help ensure my family could pay the bills and stay in our home. Plus, it would help with college tuition later down the road. Besides finances and insurance, make sure to discuss with the other parent how you will raise your child. What kind of educational expectations do you have? Will religion be a big part of your child rearing? Get all of the bases covered before your child arrives because when they do life will change quickly.