Tips on getting ready for your baby’s arrival
(Please note: This is not a sponsored post. Any products or companies mentioned are just ones that I truly love.)
On Monday morning, I received an email from Baby Center as a reminder that I was 30 weeks pregnant with our little girl. I’ll usually skim those messages to find out what’s new with her development and what size fruit or vegetable they decided to compare her to that week. (FYI- She’s apparently the size of a large cabbage at the moment.)
Anyway, the notification that she’ll be here in (now less than) 10 weeks was kind of a reality check. It’s serious business when I can count the weeks down on my fingers!
Even though I’ve been nesting, I’ve mainly been organizing mundane things like MT’s sock drawer and my shoes. I have hardly done a single thing to prepare for our daughter’s arrival. I haven’t even gone on any major shopping sprees to buy her cute, pink, frilly outfits (if you can even believe it). About the only thing we’ve bought for her is furniture- but thankfully, that’s actually a big ticket item.
After a mild panic attack, I decided to sit back, relax, and make a list of all of the important things that I need to get done. Luckily, I’ve been through this whole process once before and now have a pretty good idea of what is critical and what is unnecessary.
Since I know that a lot of expectant and future mothers read here, I thought that I’d share some of my tips.
The list excludes things like packing a hospital bag, pre-registering at the hospital, taking CPR classes, etc. because those are obviously major things that need to get done. I’m talking about some smaller things that can get overlooked but bring peace of mind and make life easier postpartum…
1. Wash, fold, and put away blankets, towels, burp clothes, and just a few newborn outfits.
Why just a few outfits? Babies grow at completely different rates, and you never know how long yours will fit into a certain size. Some can wear newborn clothes for weeks while others fit into them for just a couple of days. If your little one is more like the latter, you might be left with a lot of clothes that he or she will never get to wear. If the extra clothes have been washed, they can’t be returned or exchanged for clothing that you actually need.
2. Choose your birth announcement.
Clearly, you won’t be able to fill in all of the blanks on your birth announcement prior to delivery, but I can tell you from firsthand experience that creating a draft announcement beforehand makes things so much easier.
I personally love using Tiny Prints because they have pages and pages of adorable options. The site allows you to start a project and save your progress. I did this when I was pregnant with Michael, and I filled in the remaining info, uploaded a picture, and placed my order all from my hospital bed!
3. Do something that relaxes you.
Whether it is getting a prenatal massage, having a pedicure, sleeping in, reading a book, or going to the movies, do something that makes you feel pampered and calm. I honestly wish that I had done more of this when I was pregnant the first time around, and now that I have a toddler to look after, it is virtually impossible to get much down time!
4. Make sure that you have a few go-to meals on hand.
I stocked our house up on food as though I was preparing for a famine when I was pregnant last time. I guess that I assumed that having a baby would leave me with little to no time to cook a meal- ever again. But you know what? I cooked a big dinner the very day after we came home from the hospital! However, it never hurts to have a few ready-made meals on hand and a well-stocked pantry for those nights when you just cannot even think about cooking.
5. Be sure to let family and friends know when you’d like them to visit you (both at home and in the hospital).
It is really important for me to have some down time to enjoy my new bundle of joy- with just my husband and my son. If you’re not too keen on having visitors right away, don’t want an audience in the delivery room, and aren’t thrilled with the idea of a constant stream of visitors coming to your home once you are released from the hospital, set some ground rules up front. You don’t have to be rude. Simply explain that you’d like some time to adapt and enjoy your new expanded family. Everyone will most likely be very respectful and understanding.
6. Figure out your baby’s car seat.
Infant car seats are a pain in the you-know-what to install. I highly recommend learning how to install, remove, adjust, or whatever before your baby is born. Struggling with a car seat while you have a crying baby is never fun. Trust me on this one.
7. Write, address, and mail “Thank You” notes.
I’m not having any showers this time around, but with my first pregnancy, I had three! Even if you’re not have a million showers, it is still really helpful to write out your “Thank Yous” as your gifts come in. You certainly won’t want to deal with it after your baby’s arrival!
Now that I’ve bossed you around and told you what you should do, here are some things that you shouldn’t do…
1. Don’t stress out if all parts of the nursery aren’t together. I promise that your baby won’t notice. Sometimes it is even fun to finish up after you get to know your little one and their unique personality.
2. Don’t worry if you haven’t read every baby book on the planet. I’ve honestly never consulted a book for advice when I’ve needed it. Our pediatrician and my mother on the other hand? Let’s just say that they’re on speed dial for good reasons.
3. It is OK if you didn’t receive every last thing on your registry. I honestly find that many of the “must-haves” (like wipe warmers) aren’t really necessary anyway!
If you have any tips to add, I’d absolutely love to hear them, so please leave them in the comments below.
Have a great day!