Baptism

You'll probably want to get your baby baptized early on, but you'll be juggling recovery and sleep deprivation, feeding your little angel, and maybe taking care of other children and the household. As you wait for your new arrival, why not use the time to consider godparents, venue, guests and elements of the ceremony.

Coping with lack of sleep

Part of being a new parent means sleep deprivation (remember, it is only temporary!). However, a constant lack of sleep means you'll be more emotional and things may feel overwhelming. Consider asking a loved one to stay with you for a few days -- this can be especially handy when the baby blues kick in around day six postpartum.

Managing home/work life

Like many new moms, you may need to get back to work pretty soon after the birth of your baby. Think about what kind of arrangement you want to have with your boss, your husband, and anyone looking after your baby. Wherever possible, if you work from home, try to identify a clear schedule of when you'll be "at work." However, you might need to be a little flexible to coincide with your baby's needs.

Identify each other's roles

Whether it's who will focus on the cooking or who will bathe the baby, try to share the everyday tasks with your spouse. Of course, it can change as you go forward (lots of dads don't feel confident enough to bathe their newborns at first), but if you identify how you can help each other, the transition into parenthood will be easier.

Identify roles of people outside the family unit

It's often the case that when a newborn arrives, so do endless visitors. You need to discuss who you both feel will be a positive addition to your family for any major roles. That can be from godparents to potential trusted babysitters, as well as people you both might want to take advice from, including medical professionals and family friends.

How you will manage any overly enthusiastic grandparents

While grandparents are a huge blessing, they may be a little overwhelming sometimes. They might offer unsolicited advice, or even criticize your parenting style. This is where a couple has to be rock solid in how they want to raise their child and explain, with kindness, to grandparents what role they want them to play in their newborn's life.

Check your expectations of each other

Some couples draw up complex spreadsheets of who will do what when. But consider a spouse who might be stressed at work. Remember you'll need to give each other a little slack for when times are particularly tough. If you talk about this before the baby comes, you'll be more attentive of each other's needs and know when you need to relax a little on the routine.

Create a mental health checklist

Sometimes post-natal depression visits the most positive of people. Make sure your husband knows the signs to look out for, and determine a plan of action in case you need help. Although more rare, men too have been known to suffer from a form of post-natal depression, so bear that in mind.

Buy a brand new journal

While we often record baby's firsts, think about recording your daily feelings, thoughts, and experiences -- even if it's just one word. It's a great gift to give your child when they have children themselves (especially when it's been positive!).