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55 Things To Do At Home Before The Baby Arrives

55 Things To Do Before The Baby Arrives
  1. Have baby’s crib put together with the mattress inside.
  2. Have a mattress pad and a tight-fitting sheet on the mattress.
  3. Put baby’s bassinet or cradle next to your bed.
  4. Have the cradle sheet cleaned and ready.
  5. Arrange the baby’s changing station with everything you’ll need.
  6. Wash all of the items that will touch your baby: clothes, sheets, blankets, burp rags, cloth diapers, etc.
  7. Stock up on diapers, wipes, burp cloths, and swaddling blankets.
  8. Have the baby monitor tested and ready, next to the crib/bassinet and your nightstand.
  9. Keep a proper garbage pail next to the changing station so that you can lift the lid open with your foot.
  10. Have extra garbage bags ready at the garbage can.
  11. Store hand sanitizer at your changing station.
  12. For baby’s skin have lotion, balm, and diaper rash cream.
  13. Have a laundry basket close by too, because you’ll be changing baby’s clothes a lot.
  14. Invest in laundry detergent that is dye and perfume free so as not to irritate baby’s skin.
  15. If it’s winter time, you can have a wipe-warmer so the cold wipes don’t upset the baby.
  16. Have baby’s clothes folded and ready in their dresser/closet.
  17. Keep burp cloths in multiple places around your home, maybe in handy baskets.
  18. Invest in a rocking chair or glider for when you are feeding your baby.
  19. Have a good cushion on that rocking chair, and also a nursing pillow.
  20. Stock up on reusable breast pads and have them right next to your bras or nursing area for quick changes.
  21. Keep cream for sore nipples at your nursing area.
  22. Place a fan in the room where the baby is sleeping; it reduces the risk of SIDS when there is airflow.
  23. Place light blocking curtains over the windows, especially where the baby will sleep during the day.
  24. Have a stock of healthy snacks at your bedside or nursing station for you while you’re nursing the baby.
  25. Keep water bottles everywhere for you so that you’re not dehydrated from nursing.
  26. Have books/laptop/Ipad at your bedside or nursing station for your entertainment when a baby is up or nursing.
  27. Have baby’s diaper bag stocked and ready for when you have to travel outside.
  28. Make sure your own hospital bag is packed and ready too.
  29. Have your laundry done beforehand, especially your comfortable clothing like pajamas, loungewear, and your under garments.
  30. Invest in nursing bras and have them properly adjusted.
  31. Consider hiring a maid or housekeeping service for a few months with your newborn.
  32. Ensure your other children and pets have back up sitters if needed.
  33. Have a heating pad at your bedside for after birth pains that will come.
  34. Keep a change of bed sheets ready for those night time leaks or accidents.
  35. Stock up on large menstrual pads and recovery spray to keep them right next to your toilet.
  36. Have a baby wipe pack at your toilet too.
  37. Keep a small peri bottle next to your sink to fill with warm water. It’s to spray on yourself each time you use the restroom because you won’t want to be wiping.
  38. Have your pain relief and stool softener prescriptions filled.
  39. Keep a supply of prenatal vitamins stocked up too.
  40. Cook freezer meals ahead of time that can be prepared quickly and easily.
  41. Keep your pantry/fridge full of easy to make meals and snacks that are healthy.
  42. Have your camera battery charged and phone memory cards empty and ready.
  43. Install the baby’s car seat in your vehicle.
  44. Keep a blanket and car seat canopy with the car seat all the time.
  45. Remove anything from the baby’s room and sleeping area that is unsafe.
  46. Have your breast pump supplies clean and available for use.
  47. Thoroughly clean baby’s bottles and pacifiers.
  48. Have baby’s bottles in a location that daddy can find and use easily if he needs to prepare a bottle.
  49. Select a pediatrician and notify them of your expected due date.
  50. Get a waffle or donut pillow to sit on during your recovery, pack it in your hospital bag.
  51. Prepare for upcoming vaginal and perineal pain with witch hazel pads and a recovery bundle.
  52. Get a squatty potty stool in your bathroom to assist in difficult bowel movements postpartum.
  53. Keep your journal with your books so you can write about your experiences while you have the time.
  54. Ensure that you’ve mastered your relaxation techniques so you’re ready when labor starts.
  55. Have your birth plan finalized and copies ready to take to the hospital with you.

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