1.) Prepare Birth Plan
Get that birth plan ready to go! Whether you’re wanting to have a home or hospital birth its a great idea to get this in place so your not busy telling people what you want during labor. I’ve prepared an easy fillable birth plan HERE!
2.) Wash Baby Clothes, Blankets, EVERYTHING!
Newborns are sensitive to everything and that’s saying you have a non-sensitive baby! I just went ahead and bought some of the sensitive baby detergent made by
Imagine spending hours washing everything then your baby gets a rash and you have to rewash everything again. Just start with sensitive so you
3.) Prep for Postpartum
While you’re in the hospital you will be covered and just take a few of those sweet pads home with you because you
I ordered one box of each size starting with those overnight ones down to the
4.) Take Birthing & Child Prep Classes
So if you have a husband like mine who you’ve gotten every fun dad to be book and he still hasn’t read them I would make sure to sign up for these. The birthing experience may be new to you but is a whole different thing for dad. It also ensures that he knows whats going on during the process too.
Child prep classes are especially important for both parties! I had been a nanny for most of my life so I felt I knew a lot of what went on. However, my husband has never taken care of a child but thought he knew it all.
I took both of my classes at the hospital I was giving birth
5.) Finish Nursery
Ensuring your nursery is done early was a must for me! I’m a planner and waiting was killing me! I finished my nursery at 28 weeks…. but then we moved at 34 weeks lol. So I got to redo all of it!
When you start getting bigger everything becomes harder and trying to figure out where to put the crib is not much fun when you cant help.. or breathe!
6.) Baby Proof House
This may seem unnecessary since the little one won’t be moving around for a while but it’s always smart to get at least baby gates up. We have 3 dogs so making them understand their boundaries before
7.) Pack Hospital Bags
This I was super excited about doing but when it came down to it I had no idea what to pack! I just felt like I was still wearing everything so why would I put it in a bag that I wont use for weeks to months.
Follow this link to learn how to pack smart and what to back!
Hospital Bag Essentials
8.) Install Carseat Bases
I honestly was not even worried about this until I went to my child birthing classes. Did you know theres a while science behind installing these bad boys? Well you can actually get state troopers to check he installation for free! Some hospitals will actually help as well.
9.) Tour Hospital
I hate showing up to someplace and not knowing my way around. Heck, when I went furniture shopping I would scope out the place then come back the next day to actually look. I might be a weird case but
If you take the
10.) Download Contraction Timer
By now I’m sure you’ve downloaded one of those apps that tells you what size of fruit your baby is each week. Well the best thing about those are is they have a lot of useful tools in them. For example Baby Center, What to Expect, and Pregnancy+ all have kick counters and contraction timers. Which is perfect because know one wants to be keeping up with that nonsense when your actually having the contractions.