- 3 John 1:4
Thinking about starting a family? First-time parents (and even beyond) often have jitters about what will happen before, during, and after the baby is born.
Advice for new parents abounds on the internet and can be overwhelming, especially when considering options for the future family. But as Christians, putting God at the center of all our life plans gives us a firm foundation.
Pursuing a Christ-centered marriage, a solid career, and a baby-friendly house are all wonderful steps to prepare to expand a family. Having a baby requires lifestyle changes before the new bundle of joy even arrives.
Exploring a monthly budget, establishing financial goals for the household, and working together to prepare siblings, pets, and even your own body are healthy steps that can help your family thrive.
Consider developing a birthing plan. Would a hospital or a home birth be ideal? Make a checklist of anything to consider before sending out that first baby announcement.
Giving birth while navigating family relationships can either be joyous or stress-inducing. Family members should be prepared to step into their new roles—and that includes mom, dad, and any sisters or brothers.
Discuss your ideal support system ahead of time so that you can create healthy boundaries and realistic expectations. When you’re prepping to grow a family, it’s important to consider your overall family goals far before your due date.
Remember that maintaining an open heart toward what God has planned for your life will help you navigate every challenge that comes your way.
From planning and putting together that new changing table, to holding your little one in your arms, know that Christ is beside you every step of the way.