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Congratulations, you’re expecting a baby! You know what they say, though: When the baby comes, everything changes. Get a jumpstart on the life adjustments that come after your family gains a new addition by learning how to create a safe, healthy environment for your little one.

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The Baby Bomb: Bracing for the Impact of First-Time Parenthood 
Video: New Rules for Smoke and CO Detectors 
The Importance of Proper Car Seat Installation 
Kids and Keys 
Children’s Dental Care: FAQs 
Children, Lead Paint and Older Homes

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The Baby Bomb: Bracing for the Impact of First-Time Parenthood 
by James Florence

Three months ago, my wife and I welcomed the newest addition to our family: a baby boy, our third child. Four years after our last visit to the delivery room, the event reawakened the sense of joy and wonderment we experienced when our first two children entered the world. 

Likewise, the first few days of bonding with our son brought back memories of our early days as parents. By our third time around, we’ve become fairly seasoned—the interrupted sleep and constant diaper changing are practically second nature. But that first time…not exactly a walk in the park. As you’ve no doubt heard, nothing can prepare you for your initial foray into parenthood.

Moreover, if you think diapers and lack of sleep are the only things you have to worry about, think again. A new baby can alter nearly every aspect of your life, from housing and transportation needs to financial planning. That’s why it’s a good idea to be prepared…as prepared as possible, anyway. Here are some common areas that the “baby bomb” is likely to affect:

Home safety
Home safety may not have been a top priority back when it was just you and your significant other, but the arrival of a baby brings a new sense of immediacy.