Fashion Star mentor Nicole Richie has some motherhood advice for her new coworker.¬† The Winter Kate designer, 30, offered Jessica Simpson a crash course in parenting, reports¬† “I offered for her to take my kids up until she has hers,” joked Richie. “That didn’t really work, but the offer still stands because she hasn’t had her kid yet.¬†¬† If she wants to take [daughter Harlow, 4, and son Sparrow, 2], go ahead. ¬†I will go to Cabo, no problem.”

What are some ways to prepare yourself for parenthood?

Cupid’s Advice:

Parenthood gets easier with time, but the first few months with your newborn can be the most challenging part of your new role.  Here are a few ways to prepare yourself:

1. Buy the essentials: It’s surprising how many things new parents leave for the last minute.¬† Prepare in advance as much as you can.¬† Buy a car seat, baby formula, diapers, a crib, etc.¬† You’ll be too occupied with your newborn to be doing much shopping after the birth.

2. Find a doctor: Finding a pediatrician you’re comfortable with before the baby arrives can save a lot of time.¬† Make appointments with several local doctors and talk to your friends until you find one that suits your needs.

3. Organize a support system:¬† The first few weeks will be tough on you and your partner.¬† Arrange for a friend or family member to stay with you and help out.¬† You’ll be able to enjoy their company and a large load will be taken off of your shoulders.

How did you prepare yourself for parenthood?  Feel free to leave a comment below!