Babies are a bundle of joy, but life also becomes a bit hectic and messy once your baby is born. It is a great idea to get some things done before the baby arrives, so that you don’t get stuck doing tasks that would steal you away from your precious little one. Not only would this help you once your baby is born but also keep you busy till your due date.
Here are a few tasks you can deal with before your baby arrives.
- Birth Announcements: Live far away from your friends and family? Want to show-off your little ones? Then birth announcements are the way to go. You could look up for ideas on Pinterest or even come up with something new. This will save you a lot of time when your baby arrives and you get plenty of time to make it grand.
- Get your bags packed: Your baby can arrive anytime around your due date and it is smart to keep your bags ready. Pack a bag for yourself and your baby and keep it ready near your front gate. If your husband is smart enough he’ll pack a small bag for himself too. This saves up a lot of time when the actual date comes and you won’t forget anything necessary.
- Pick a paediatrician: Having a paediatrician picked out prior to your baby’s birth is nice because you can get home and immediately schedule their appointment without worrying about if you are calling a good one. You can ask your friends and family for recommendations or you can ask your gynaecologist. Some of you must be already having a paediatrician for your older kids so you can contact them too. Some paediatricians even let you to come see them for a “Meet and Greet” before the baby arrives so you can get accustomed to them. You don’t want to go to your first appointment and find out that your doctor is not very friendly. So, its better if you pick your paediatrician well in advance.
- Pre-wash baby clothes: Some of us get hand me down baby clothes from friends and family or buy clothes on sale, so it is good to wash them before your baby arrives. You don’t want your baby to get rashes if they have sensitive skin. Use mild perfume detergent and cloth softeners to keep those clothes smelling good.
- Attend baby classes: Most hospitals and community centers conduct baby classes for expectant parents. You should enroll there in advance and learn a lot about handling babies. You can carry a notebook and note down the important points. You can ask the teachers/nurses any additional questions you might have and they will entertain you without any hesitation. Also, you won’t feel bad about how fast your belly is growing once you meet other pregnant people.
- Buy yourself “in-between clothes”: Once you deliver your baby, it will take time till you can fit in your regular clothes. Buy yourself some clothes that will fit you post-delivery. This will have a good effect on your emotional state.
- Get extra waterproof mattress pads for the crib: It is smart to layer two waterproof mattress pads in your baby’s crib so that if your baby wets the bed at night or throws up you can just remove the extra layer and put him back to sleep. This was you won’t have to wash the mattress pad at night so that you can put your baby back to sleep.
- Install your car seat: Installing your baby’s car seat well in advance saves you the hassle of doing that later. Imagine 1 week after your delivery, you have an appointment with your paediatrician and you’re getting late because you didn’t install your baby’s car seat beforehand.
- Do a test run to the hospital: If this is your first baby, it is a good idea to do a test run to the hospital. When you’re in labour you cannot waste any time and it is important that you know how long it takes to get to your hospital. You need to find out the fastest route to your hospital and find where to park your car.
- Stock up on hand sanitizer: You need to make sure that your hands are clean before you handle your baby. Make visitors also wash their hands before they handle your baby. It is a good habit and it will decrease the chances of your baby catching any diseases.
The most important thing to do before your baby arrives is to be excited. Keep yourself busy and relax. Your baby is the best thing that is ever going to happen to you and you should do whatever it takes to ease your transition to motherhood.