The First Year Sign Ups: Steps You Need To Take Before Baby’s First Birthday

During baby’s first year, there’s a chance you won’t feel up to much. By the time they reach their first birthday, you’ll just be remembering what a good night’s sleep looks like. Even if you’ve been back at work for a few months, the chances are you’re still warming up to your role again.

There’s no getting around it; baby brain takes us over for at least the first year of our little one’s lives. So much so that filling out forms and putting your name on waiting lists is the last thing you’ll consider. Surely that stuff can wait until you’re feeling human again?

In reality, though, baby’s first year is the prime time to get them signed up for things for things in a few different areas. Forms may not suit you right now, but these simple tasks can have significant standing on your tot’s future. If you aren’t convinced, read on to find out which three aspects of your youngster’s life could benefit from your taking action before their first birthday.

For socialisation

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Early socialisation is a must when it comes to parenting. If you don’t get your baby used to other children now, they’ll struggle when it comes to things like nursery and school. And, that’s not fair. Hence why the first list you should sign up for is that of your local baby groups. That way, you can rest easy that you’ve secured your place in as many socialisation classes as possible. Though your baby might not be able to interact with the other children, being around other youngsters helps development. Though you might not feel like them, those classes could also end up saving you from yourself. Speaking to other mums is often the only way to remind ourselves we aren’t actually crazy.

For health

Once you’ve got socialization in the bag, sign up for everything necessary for your little one’s health. The chances are that you already have a family doctor from your birth. If not, though, sign up at your local surgery as soon as you can to ensure a permanent doctor for your child. It’s also essential that you seek out family dentistry as soon as possible. Many dentists only open their books at certain times. The sooner your little one starts on their teeth checks, the better chance their gnashers have. Given that some babies get their first teeth at four months, you definitely need this in the bag before their first birthday.


For education

Some parents don’t even consider their little one’s education until nearer school age. But, we’re here to tell you that it’s never too early to start thinking about school. The best schools in your area will likely have pretty long waiting lists. Signing up at some stage during baby’s first year, then, may be the only way to ensure their place. Given how fundamental education is to the rest of their lives, we would say that’s a reason to get your pen out right now.

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Shona Mackin is a mum to a little boy and massive Bernese Mountain Dog fur baby. In her previous (and current) life, she is the owner of social media agency socialface. As a serial entrepreneur, she aimed to design her businesses to do what she wanted, when she wanted… at least thats what she thought, until she found out her babies had a better plan. Thankfully her former former life as a dancer gave her oodles of flexibility and determination to roll with whatever each new day throws her way… sometimes… other days coffee helps in the morning and wine in the evening or a time out in a hot shower to block out the noise.
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