Congratulations, you have a baby on the way! And you’re probably thinking there’s not much to do, right? After buying all the major requirements, what else can possibly call for your attention? But what you don’t know is it’s easy to overlook a few things, especially the important ones. So here are 47 things to do before baby is born.
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A deep cleaning before baby’s arrival means you are bringing your baby to a clean and healthy environment. Think of all the germs you will be ruling out of your home just for the newest member of your family. This is why it hits number 1 on our list!
2. Hire a Maid
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Babies can really be a handful especially when you have to juggle between house chores and deal with post-delivery fatigue. Hiring a maid will ease your stress and give you ample time with your little one. So start checking online for the best agency in your locality and make prior arrangements.
3. Wash Baby Clothes
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Did you ever know that you should wash new baby clothes before fitting them on to your new born? That’s right you have to wash them even if they are still in the package from the store. Reason is, you may be unaware of how long they had been stored as well as the storage conditions. Learn more…
4. Baby Laundry Detergent
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Now that you have an idea about washing clothes before first use, you need to know the right detergent for the job. Babies are quite sensitive and not any detergent can suit their skin. This therefore forces you to go for only those that have no dyes and perfume free.
5. Baby Shower
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Baby shower is a first time thing for you at this point thus you may need some tips on it. You may be too tired to organize yourself so call in your BFFs to take charge. To get an idea of what you need, here are some tips.
6. Baby Naming
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Naming your baby is the most natural thing that comes after delivery but why not start early? You and your spouse can start making a list of likely names that your adorable son/daughter should get. Considerations you can make include; traditions, sibling names, nature and of course anything that sounds good.
7. Birth Announcement
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Birth announcements are all about phone calls to loved ones amid screaming to let them know there’s a new baby in town. How about adding some creativity to it? That sounds fun already. Check out some interesting ideas you may borrow for your birth announcement.
8. Financial Cost
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Cost? How can I forget that? Thinking along these lines will keep you relaxed on money matters. To emphasize, this is among the top most important issues on your before baby to-do list. Learn what your insurance covers or if your spouse’s insurance has a maternity package.
9. Birth Plan
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Creating a birth plan ahead of time helps you make decisions about how you want your labor and delivery done and what you possibly want to avoid. This will definitely help the doctors fulfil your wishes. Planning earlier is the way to go.
10. Childbirth Class
You probably haven’t heard of this, but there are delivery classes that can keep you informed of what to expect when you are expecting. Having this information beforehand will make delivery less scary. Try a class today.
11. Breastfeeding Class
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As a new mom you may have read that breastfeeding isn’t as easy as ABC. This is why you should sign up for breastfeeding classes as it will help you acquire skills on different breastfeeding positions. You will also get to know the importance of breastfeeding in general and more.
12. Hospital Pre-registration
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Yet another convenient planning that needs your attention at this time. You don’t want to be in a line giving out your vital information at the reception amidst labor contractions, do you? I hope not. Do away with all the paperwork and go for delivery with no pending issues.
13. Tour the Hospital
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This is a great idea because you will get a picture of where you will be having your baby. Knowing this will make your stay more comfortable, you will get to meet the staff and guess what, you may make friends with other new moms. Satisfying, right?
14. Pick a Pediatrician
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Waste no time, check the directories the old fashioned way or do some online search to land a professional pediatrician for your baby. Don’t postpone it till after baby is born because then you may make a hasty judgement due to desperation when an emergency comes up.
15. Packing the Hospital Bag
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Are you all set for the big day? Your baby might arrive earlier than expected, so why not pack that hospital bag to ensure you don’t forget anything. You also don’t want to bring everything, do you? So, check out what are the essentials you may need and leave out the excess baggage.
16. Maternity Photography
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You’ve probably seen celebrities doing it, but who said you can’t have one yourself? Why not try it out, it’s not just trendy but also comes with lots of fun. One thing is for sure, you will miss that beautiful baby bump once you give birth. So hire a photographer and let the camera do its magic as you get your special memory saved.
17. Birth Photography
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I know, I know, this sounds way too much. Who wants a photo of the actual delivery taking place? Birth photography sounds like a gross affair to new ears but wait till you get to know what it’s all about. With birth photography you get to capture your baby’s first shriek of life, the first time you got to hold him/her and well…your hubby’s panicked face!
18. New Born Photography
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Remember when I said you should call in a birth photographer? Seems we will be needing another type of photographer too. You can call one at home depending on your resources or go to their studio. Good thing with newborns they are good at posing and guess what- they are less disruptive than toddlers!
19. Baby’s Book
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Time does fly and you can easily lose track of your baby’s milestones. That is where a baby book comes in handy. All the photos you have taken of your baby from day one goes in here. A baby book makes a beautiful stroll down memory lane for you and your champ when he/she grows up. Find one that appeals to you here…
20. Write a Letter to Your Baby
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You probably know that Kylie Jenner made a video of her delivery and first time mommy moments which have gone viral. Yours doesn’t have to be all that but am sure your baby will appreciate to hear your thoughts and expectations at this time when she’s all grown up. Writing will be a fun way to let her know what took place.
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Taking a holiday before delivery sounds like a terrible idea especially when you may be in the mood of staying in until the day comes. But think of it, once you have your baby you will be too busy breastfeeding and changing diapers to consider travelling. So take this time with your spouse for your babymoon
22. Get a Manicure and a Pedicure
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If you had a rough third trimester, you probably haven’t had time looking at your finger or toe nails. That is why we suggest a mani-pedi before your delivery date because you will not just be fabulous for the day but attractive for hubby too 😉
23. Go On Dates
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Every mommy as well as daddy-to-be will appreciate this time. Make reservations to a restaurant of your choice and remind your spouse how much you love and appreciate them. Days after delivery, you will be too occupied with the baby to go on a date so make these days special just for him!
24. Glam Up
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Whoever said you shouldn’t look good going to delivery? I know the contractions will be hell but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look good. It is your first time and you know what they say, first impressions are always important so rock that delivery room!
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You heard that right! Shaving is the wittiest thing to do during these moments. It will give your midwife a delightful time and save you an embarrassment of getting shaved by the nurse. It is a difficult task especially with the bump in the way but you can always ask for help from you know who…
26. Healthy Snacks
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You probably know of lactation cookies and muffins that boost milk supply. Post delivery you may be too exhausted to start baking, so prepare them early because you will really need their help with milk boosting. Get some recipe online for your healthy snacks and bake away!
27. Freezer Meals
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You better love this tip because it is so convenient. With the countdown to your delivery, you don’t have to be slaving in the kitchen doing some cooking. Instead save that extra energy for the pushing that comes with labor, you will need it. So cook once in a while and freeze it for later use.
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Meditation comes with loads of benefits for a mom awaiting delivery just like you. With meditation you get to relax, stress relieve and master breathing that is essential during labor.
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Sleeping is important through all trimesters especially the third trimester. With sleep new moms get all the rest they need to face the big day. You don’t want to be too tired for all the pushing required so sleep, sleep and sleep!
30. Prenatal Vitamins
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Prenatal vitamins or supplements are essential for a mom’s body through boosting all the vital nutrients. Good thing about these supplements is that they are effective for breastfeeding and reducing postpartum depression.
31. Get a Postpartum Girdle
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After delivery, be prepared for a saggy belly. This is because your baby bump is no more, so where does the stretched skin go to? Nowhere of course, it just sags unless you put some work to it. A girdle will help you look better in your outfits until you are fit to start some workout.
32. Postpartum Sanitary Pads
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You didn’t see this coming did you? Of course the hospital will provide during your stay at the maternity ward but what about when you go back home. Will you send hubby in a frenzied shopping spree then? You don’t have to do that when you plan ahead for postpartum pads.
33. Baby’s Car Seat
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If you are the mom who is thinking that getting a car seat can wait till your baby is all grown up for a day’s out, then you should think again. In fact, you have to get it installed way before your baby is here and ready for when you are getting out of the hospital.
34. Baby Proofing
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New parents trust me, this is the most convenient time to get this done and over with. Don’t roll your eyes just yet, hear me out. Once baby arrives you and your better half will be too occupied with entertaining baby, diaper wars, circumcision (if you decide on this), laundry and many other chores. If you think you will remember baby proofing in all this madness, think again…
35. Set Up The Nursery
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Now let’s get to setting up your nursery. Your baby’s new room needs a touch of love from you and your hubby and that needs time getting it ready. It is thus prudent to do it now than wait until baby has arrived.
36. Baby Crib
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There is no nursery without a crib, is there? Get your baby crib from the store of your choice and start assembling it before baby comes. Once you are out of hospital all you have to do is let your little one sleep in his own bed. Teaching your baby independence in the early days comes with loads of benefits.
37. Blackout Curtains
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Your baby’s nursery needs a good blackout nursery curtains to keep out interfering light that may disrupt your little one’s sleep. Invest in nursery curtains which blend with your nursery theme but fulfill the purpose.
38. Rocking Chair
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This is one of the most relaxing chairs for moms. So get one for your nursery to make breastfeeding and soothing baby a lovely experience. And you know what they say about a relaxed mom, she makes a happy baby!
39. Medicine Cabinet
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Little babies do get ill and you don’t want to be in a frantic rush to the emergency room once it happens. To be prepared, stock up a baby medicine cabinet. Don’t forget to consult your pediatrician first on the medicine that are baby safe.
40. Nursing Pillow
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A nursing pillow is extremely helpful for breastfeeding moms as it allows both the mom and baby a comfortable position. Not only that, a nursing pillow helps you get the perfect latch which is the essential part of breastfeeding.
41. Nursing Bras
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Becoming a new mom means you change everything even you bra type which necessarily didn’t take place in pregnancy. Invest in nursing bras which are convenient for breastfeeding your baby at any time. They come in different styles, colors and fabric. Pick what suits you!
42. Changing Table
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This is a must have for your baby nursery! Changing diapers should not be a chore. Once you get this changing table life will be much easier because there are no messy encounters. Additionally, this changing table comes with shelves for your essentials. Talk about efficiency.
43. Breast Pump
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Pumping your breast is a technique you need to master. As a new mom, you may not have an idea the best type of breast pump, when is the best time to do so and what to do to increase your supply. Read more here…
44. Breast Pump Sterilization
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Sounds crazy right? Yep! But it’s all part of the preparation process. Once the baby comes you may be too busy to do so and use it as it is. This can cause infections that you rather stay away from. Learn how to clean all the breast pump parts right here…
45. Maternity Leave
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Working moms, this is just for you! Of course by now you already know your leave days after communicating with your employer. That’s not all, go an extra mile and ask your employer about other issues surrounding your request. You don’t want surprises so get to know your work place policy on this.
46. Nurse Gift bags
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Nurses play a big role in assisting you in delivery. Imagine the long shifts they have to work through to ensure everything goes well. Gifting them with thank you bags is a sure way of appreciating them. Check them out…
47. Amazon Features
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Did you know that Amazon offers you features for baby online services? If you haven’t then here are some features you may want to explore; Amazon baby registry, Amazon family, subscribe and save, Amazon prime video and Amazon home services. See more on these features…
With all these tips at hand, new moms you will be more than ready for your delivery! Wishing you all the best in the labor ward, it won’t be easy but you will surely make it. Whichever tip impressed you the most, share with us, will be delighted to hear from you.
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