8 Practical Things To Do Before Your Baby Arrives

When your little bundle of joy is about to arrive there is a great deal of preparation that needs to be done beforehand, and if this is your first baby it can be tough to know where to start.

Here is checklist that can help you get prepare for the arrival of your baby:

  1. Pack your bags

As your exact labour date cannot be predicted, it is wise to pre-pack your hospital bag 2-3 weeks before your due date with items for both baby and yourself. A few items to take are:
Baby: 2-3 baby outfits, baby socks, mittens, hat, receiving blanket, diapers, baby wipes
For mama: A pair of pyjamas, slippers, toiletries
Other: Charger for your phone and camera

 

  1. Prepare frozen meals

Going to the supermarket and preparing meals from scratch for your family might be a huge task right after delivery. Instead, prepare meals ahead of time and store them in the freezer. This way, they can be prepared and served easily by you or your spouse and can be eaten conveniently during the first few days post childbirth.

 

  1. Know the breastfeeding basics

Breastfeeding is a learning process for you and your baby. Your baby will not latch on and start feeding the first time. It is advisable to do some basic research on breastfeeding how-tos, beforehand, to be better prepared for the mother-baby bonding moment.

 

  1. Pick a paediatrician

If you don’t have a paediatrician yet, it might be a good time to start looking. Ask family and friends, or search online. This way you can schedule an appointment soon after your baby is born without worrying about how good or bad your selection is. After all, you don’t want to be stuck with a doctor who is not friendly and does not have the patience to answer the sea of questions that you probably have lined up.

 

  1. Read the instructions on all of the baby gear
    it is important to thoroughly go through all the instructions of the baby gear that you have purchased. You don’t want to be stuck having to figure out how to use a steriliseror how to adjust the straps on the car seat with your crying baby

 

  1. Make a list of all your contacts that will be expecting a call!
    Ensure that your spouse has all the numbers of your close friends and family, in case, if you find yourself in a position where you are unable to share the joyful news yourself.

 

  1. Stock up on batteries
    everything from a child’s mobile, baby monitor, bouncer, etc. need batteries. Stock up on them beforehand, for convenience!

 

  1. Prepare a playlist for hospital time

Some mothers believe that listening to their favourite music, during labour, help them get through the process. Assemble a playlist, with some fun or calming songs, if you think it can make your experience easier.

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