Preparing for Baby
If you’re anything like me, you’re a list maker. And you probably have a list of the lists you need to make when it comes to preparing for your baby. And the deadline of your impending due date, in combination with your ever-growing task list, is making your anxiety shoot through the roof. If that is you, we are two peas in a pod. I’m currently 36 weeks with baby #2 and I can’t believe all of things I have left to do! Here’s my checklist!
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This is the easy part. There are a few loose ends you need to tackle when it comes to adding a member to the clan.
- Submit requests/required materials to secure maternity leave at work.
- Pre-register your delivery at your hospital.
- Be sure your health insurance situation is good to go, and verify it will pre-date for the baby.
- Register for any birthing classes or hospital/birthing center tours you wish to participate in.
- Draft up your visual birth plan! Don’t forget to use my template!
- Apply for your free breast pump!
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House Work & Supplies
If you missed my post about spring cleaning, you can find it here. Don’t forget to sign up to get your free spring cleaning checklist! In addition to a quality deep clean, there are a few other things on the agenda to prepare your home for a new baby. This is probably the tedious and most time consuming step, but it’s a good thing those nesting urges give us the push we need to get it done! After all, there’s not much that feels better than a freshly cleaned home.
- Wash all newborn and 0-3 month clothing in a hypoallergenic/sensitive detergent. I’m obsessed with the smell of Dreft. It’s literally all I use! I love it!
- Finalize sleeping arrangements for your newborn. Whether you intend on co-sleeping, using a bassinet, a crib, a Moses basket, etc; ensure it is all set up and good to go!
- Nursery decor! I DIYed a lot of mine, and I love how the girls’ room looks! Tour to come soon in a future post!
- Create a decent diaper stock pile. Get various sizes! *Tip: Don’t buy any newborn diapers. Skip to size ones! Oh- and don’t forget the wipes! PS. I LOVE the Ubbi diaper pail!
- Be sure you have a breast milk storage plan. Get bags/bottles that connect to your pump. And make nursing more comfortable with a Boppy pillow!
- Activities for baby: Swing, bouncer, play mat, play yard, etc. Rowan spent a lot of her time in her swing the first few weeks home because she was so soothed by the motion. I highly recommend one!
- This one might go without saying, but get a carseat! I recommend a travel system so your carseat clicks right into the stroller.
So, I still have to pack my hospital bag this time around. I intend on packing some of the maternity clothes I wear very frequently, and so I’ve been putting it off. But I can tell you what I did last time for my delivery with Rowan.
In addition to the bag I had a bag packed for myself, I packed a new dad bag for my husband, Nick. It had several dad themed board books in it, and some of his favorite snacks, candy, and drinks. This was super special, and I’m so glad I did this!
I packed Rowan three or four outfits, including her going home outfit. Of course, all included matching headbands! Additionally, I packed some photo props (a birthday candle, a tiara, and a flower crown). I also brought an ink pad and baby book for her footprints. The good news is, that’s pretty much all you need for baby. The hospital supplies all other materials!
In my hospital bag I had the following items:
- 3-4 outfits; be sure you have nursing bras/tanks!
- Oversized/extra stretchy brief underwear- lots of them!
- Nursing pads, and a few maxi pads though they supplied all I needed.
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, deodorant, razor, tooth brush, tooth paste, hair brush, etc.)
- Phone charger
**Important! Don’t forget to load your carseat in the car when you’re loading your hospital bag(s).
*New: Big Sister Bag
Rowan will be two when this baby makes her world premiere, and I want to have a big sister bag for her. I plan on having at least one (maybe more) big sister books, a big sister shirt, a matching outfit with little sis, some juice boxes, and her favorite snacks. Another thing I’d like to add are some toys too.
As you can see, there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into bringing your baby home. Don’t try to do it alone! It’s too big of a project for one to tackle alone, especially when that ONE is growing a human and should be resting. So call in the troops! My mom, MIL, and SIL have come and helped me a TON! I couldn’t do it without them! They say it takes a village, and truly it does!
Good luck to you, and let me know how your preparations are coming!