Parents do so many things to prepare for a baby. Buy clothes, decorate the nursery, get a car seat, and so much more. However, one thing parents often forget to do is talk to each other about many serious topics before the baby is born.
A majority of parents fail to have some critical conversations before childbirth, including anything from who is going to change diapers to more serious decisions regarding the future or what will happen in times of crisis. There is nothing worse than being sleep deprived with a newborn and having to fight with your significant other in the middle of the night about who is going to change a crying baby's wet nappy.
Sleeping arrangements is a must discuss, especially when it comes to whether or not the child with sleep in your bed. If a sleeping arrangement is not established early on it can cause major arguments in the future. Plan it out beforehand, it can be adjusted but at least have an outline, this way each parent is aware of the end game.
Talk in depth about the birth plan and not just about where it will happen or whether the mother will get drugs. Have a game plan for what should happen in case of an emergency. Although it is difficult to talk about, it is essential for the mother to have her wishes laid out and for her partner to understand them. While discussing emergency situations, also talk out all medical decisions so that during the delivery there is no confusion.
Social media might not seem like a topic that parents should discuss, but in today's age, it is necessary. Decided whether or not pictures of the baby will be posted on social media. Make sure all of your friends and family are aware of the decision. It is not always a guarantee that you or your partner will want your child's imprint on the internet.
Finally, parents should talk about their own relationship because it will change with the new addition. However, it is essential the parents make each other a priority and should discuss how to make that happen before the birth. Otherwise, the relationship will get put on the back burner and it may suffer as a result.
Ultimately, if you think that there is something that is even slightly important to discuss, bring it up with your partner. It could save you some massive headaches in the long run.