Your world is about to be changed forever! Anticipating the coming of your new little one is exciting but if you are a first time mom, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. No worries mom-to-be, you’ve got this. Here is a checklist from some veteran moms to help get through those last month jitters.
Whether you feel most relaxed reading a book, getting a massage, or getting a mani/pedi, do something that makes YOU happy. Many moms suggest taking the time to do something for yourself as a woman, before you become mom. It may be a while before you get a chance to have some alone time.
Pack a Bag for You and Baby
The moment could come at any time and you’ll want one less thing to worry about. When you give yourself a few days to pack your bag, you’re less likely to forget something. Using a hospital bag checklist can also ensure you’re bringing along everything to make your hospital or birthing center experience as comfortable as possible.
Go on a Babymoon
It’s hard to know when the next time the two of you will have quality one on one time. Take advantage of these last few peaceful weeks by doing things you both enjoy. Planning a weekend away is a great way to kick off this new season as parents.
Schedule Newborn Photos
Trust us- you do not want to try and find a photographer when you haven’t slept in days. Ask friends for recommendations, get quotes, and set a date! Many photographers suggest doing newborn photos in the first two weeks of life. If you plan to have a photographer joining you during delivery, you’ll want to plan at least 3 weeks ahead so he or she can be on call for the big day.
Play Around with Your Baby’s Gear
The last thing you want to do is figure out how the car seat should fit when you’re having contractions. Set up all of your great gear and play around with the buttons, straps, handles, and ways that it can fold. Being comfortable with using all of it will be so handy when you’re holding baby in one hand and trying to unfold the stroller in the other.
Do a load of laundry
While it may seem silly, many mom’s forgot to wash their newborns clothes. Having the peace of mind that you and baby both have something to wear for the first week home from the hospital is just one less thing you have to worry about during those 2 am feedings. Babies often need their clothes washed in gentle detergent, but be careful- not all of those sweet outfits will fit! We suggest washing only a few and leaving tags on the rest.
Run to the grocery store
Just like doing laundry, this is one of those weekly chores that seems like a no brainer. But while you may be use to stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies, think about foods that will be easy to eat one handed, in the middle of the night. Granola bars, trail mix, and pretzels all make great go-to snacks.
Prepare Freezer Meals
Because who wants to think about meals when they’re getting up every two hours? There are tons of easy to make ahead meals that require little to no effort to prepare. Dig out that old crock pot and thank the Lord for this beautiful piece of technology.
Your long awaited day will be here before you know it. Congratulations from all of us here at Promise Prenatal. You were made for this!