06 Jul 5 Things to do Before You Give Birth
If you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, congratulations! You almost made it. But as you’re nearing the birth of your baby, you’re probably worried about what you need to get done before you go to the birth center on that big day!
Here’s a simple list to get you started.
1. Prepare your essential baby gear
If you already have the nursery set up, don’t wait until the very end to get and assemble the crib, bassinet or other places where your baby will be sleeping..
You’ll also need to get a car seat and install it properly and test it. Doing this beforehand will prevent you from panicking later when it’s time to take your baby home!
Other baby gear that you need to set up depends entirely on you! You can prepare a feeding trolley where you have your breast pump, burping clothes, and other essentials set up. Similarly, you can set up a changing station to make things more convenient for yourself.
This is a great way to curb some of those “nesting” urges and get work done as well!
2. Prepare meals for postpartum
Trust us when we say, you won’t have the time to do basic things like shower or brush your teeth. So preparing meals will probably go way down on your to-do list. Do yourself a favor and do meal prep before you need to go to the birth center!
Prepare sauces, marinate meats, and stock up on frozen vegetables. Do easy meals that you simply need to heat up or pop in the oven. Of course, you can always ask your partner, friends, and family for help, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared just in case.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on healthy snacks that you can have at times you can’t do much! These can be crackers, flavored yogurt, ice cream, etc.
3. Stock up on household items
Grocery shopping is not something you’ll have time to do right away! Wherever you go grocery shopping nearing the end of your pregnancy, shop double the essentials so you don’t run out with a baby at hand.
Load up on things like toilet paper, tissue boxes, paper towels, skincare things, shampoo, soap, dishwashing liquid, etc.
Sometimes you can also do a subscription for automated delivery of certain items if you can’t buy in bulk!
4. Start babyproofing
A lot of parents wait until later to start babyproofing their house. Unless you’re planning to move to a new house soon, get a head start on baby-proofing places while you have the time and energy to do it.
You won’t realize how quickly the initial few months go by! It won’t be long until your baby is up and around leaving you to babyproof things in a hurry. So save yourself the trouble and get started on it while you can.
5. Take time for yourself
If you’re doing nothing else, just take this time to do things for yourself. No matter how you plan things, you won’t have time for your own things until a few months after your baby’s birth. So while you can, do some self-care! You can even relax with some essential oils to help reduce stress.
The work with a baby is pretty constant, so don’t worry too much about getting things done ahead of time because you will always run into a few things later down the road!