If you are expecting a little bundle of joy anytime soon you will have a million and one things on your mind. From childcare to stocking up, there is a lot to think about when you are preparing for your baby’s arrival.
Your future self will thank your present self for being super organised and prepared before your baby arrives – having spare time to relax in the first few weeks of your baby’s life means more time to enjoy the experience and less time having to quickly order things online or visit the supermarket for.
Read on for our top ten tips for preparing to meet your baby.
10 Tips To Prepare You For Your BabY’s Arrival
1. Write A Birth Plan
It’s likely your midwife will have already spoken to you about a birth plan but it’s a good idea to have it all written down and discuss it with your partner. From the hospital you will go to, who you want to be present, and what sort of birth and pain relief you want. Remember, birth plans can change so have back up ideas and remember to be flexible with your expectations.
2. Stock Up On Basic And Essentials
Buying cute baby outfits is fun but in the first few weeks of your baby’s life, it’s those necessities you will be reaching for. Nappies, wipes, sleepsuits, plenty of vests and formula if you plan on using it, these are things you will need every day so having plenty stocked up means you won’t have to leave the house or do endless laundry.
3. Purchase A Stroller
It’s a good idea to buy a stroller well in advance of your due date. Your stroller is one of the most important baby purchases you will make and for most people, choosing a stroller involves a bit of thinking. Even though it’s likely you won’t leave the house for at least the first week after your baby is born, many parents use a stroller at home for nap time or letting baby get some fresh air in the garden. Plus, it’s just handy to have your stroller ready for as soon you are ready to take your first stroll as a family.
4. Think About Your Pets
Before the baby arrives it’s a good idea to think about your pets if you have them, and what will happen when your baby is home. Some animals can take time to adjust to a new person in their home, who will basically be competing with them for your attention! For example, if your cat normally has the run of your house you may want to get them into the habit of not going upstairs by keeping doors closed before your baby arrives.
5. Talk To Your Partner
Don’t assume your partner will automatically know what will happen after birth and what their role will be. It’s important to discuss your expectations and what you will need help with. For example, if you normally do all the cooking, can your partner take over those duties for a while?
6. Cook And Freeze Food
Talking of food…if you have time, why not do a bit of batch cooking and freeze some meals? Both you and your partner will be busy the week your baby arrives so having some delicious homecooked ready meals on hand will be a welcome break. we love these 20 Freezer Meals to Make Before Baby Comes That Aren’t Lasagna by The Everymom.
7. Spring Clean
You might find this comes naturally but having a big spring clean is a good way to signal a new arrival is due. Do those jobs you’ve been putting off and definitely won’t have time for once the baby has arrived.
8. Pack Your Hospital Bag
Pack your hospital bag at least a couple of weeks before your due date – just in case you are early. Remember essentials for yourself as well as baby, such as pyjamas and a dressing gown, slippers and any medication you take.
9. Arrange Transport
Before your due date, ensure your own car is in good working order, MOT isn’t due etc as having a reliable car is a must for many families. Plus, you will likely need transport to the hospital and to get home once baby is born. This is also a good time to look for a car seat which you will need to bring baby home.
10. Buy Cute Outfits
Ok, this isn’t absolutely essential…but the first few weeks of your baby’s life are precious and cute outfits are all part of the experience. Buy a couple of outfits you really love so you can take pictures and remember how tiny they were once they’re all grown up! One of our favourite stores for cute baby outfits is British retailer, Joules.