Your baby will be here soon and you feel prepared for the most part. But there may be some important things that you are forgetting.
I have created a checklist of those last minute things that you’ll need to do below that you can print out. These are important because if you don’t do them now you’ll find yourself overwhelmed after birth, especially when you get home, so be sure to read the whole post so you’ll be fully prepared.
Here we go!
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10 Things To Do Before Baby Arrives Checklist And Resource Guide
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✅ Install The Car Seat
Installing a car seat in your vehicle is one of the most important things to do to prepare for baby that you may be forgetting. The hospital won’t even let you leave without one so get in there and install it.
Make sure you put it in very tightly. Here’s a video that will help you get it in right.
✅ Freezer Meal Prep
Before your baby comes it’s a good idea to have two full weeks of frozen meals prepared. You will be so busy and even if there’s someone there to help you, you’ll want to do this.
You’ll need there help with other things instead of having them in the kitchen all the time.
Here’s a list of 25 frozen meals you can create so you don’t have to worry about what everyone’s going to eat later on. You’ll be so grateful you did this once your baby arrives.
✅ Catch Up On Laundry
This is another chore you won’t want to think about. Make sure everything’s done so you can attend to the more important things like cooing and your newborn.
✅ Wash All Your Baby’s Clothing And Sheets
While you’re doing all the laundry you’ll want to wash all your baby’s things in Dreft. Dreft is a hypoallergenic detergent that contains no dyes that can irritate your baby’s skin. It is the recommended detergent for babies and it works great.
Wash sheets, blankets, clothing, and anything else that will come in contact with your baby’s skin.
✅ Prepare For Labor
Preparing for labor is one of the single most important things you can do to get ready for baby. It’s a big event and there are lots to know!
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✅ Prepare A Breastfeeding Station
You’ll need to prepare a quiet place for your breastfeeding station. A place that has supplies you’ll need in arms reach. Somewhere that you can relax too.
Especially if there are other kids in the house. Here’s an article on setting up a great breastfeeding station for you and your babe.
The list below are the things you’ll need at or near your breastfeeding station:
- Medela Hydro-Gel Breast pads
- Or Gel Pads from Lansinoh
- This nipple ointment
- Breast shells
- nipple shields
- This Pillow right here
- Boppy Breastfeeding Pillow
- This breast pump right here
- breastmilk freezer bags
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✅ Prepare For Breastfeeding
So you have prepared a breastfeeding station. But are you truly prepared to breastfeed?
You may think the hospital staff will teach you but in many places, this just isn’t the case.
You are responsible for learning how to breastfeed your baby and the easiest way is to take this cheap online course right here. It’s called Milkology and it’s only $19. It takes about three hours to take and it’s all in the video so you can really learn how to latch your baby on right the first time.
This will help to avoid tons of pain and frustration. Knowing how to latch will also help bring in a strong milk supply so it’s vital you go in knowing just what to do.
She also has another $19 course that teaches you how to pump when you go back to work without losing your milk supply. It’s an excellent resource for breastfeeding moms.
✅ Prepare A Postpartum Kit
This is also something many women seem to forget. They get wrapped up in having their baby and they don’t think of the bodily destruction in the aftermath.
Postpartum is a painful time and the recovery can be rough. You need to fully prepare yourself for this with an arsenal of tools that will allow you to be pain-free so you can concentrate on what matters most, your new bundle of joy. Read more about the postpartum experience here.
There are a few things you can get and they’re cheap and easy to find on Amazon.
Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need to help you manage the pain and discomfort:
✅ Make Sure Your Hospital bag is packed
The next step in your final preparations for baby is to have your hospital bag packed. You need some very specific things plus some of the stuff that was mentioned above.
✅ Here’s the list:
✅ The basics:
Your ID, Insurance Card, and paperwork.
✅ For you:
Bring your phone, charger, camera, and batteries. Bring something to read, a tablet to watch movies on. Bring a newborn book to read and maybe a novel. Music too.
Bring your pillow from home, a Maternity robe and gown or two, slippers and socks.
Plus bring your postpartum supplies mentioned in that section. You’ll need them at the hospital as well as at home.
✅ For Baby:
Bring outfits, receiving blankets, socks, and installed car seat, and a quilt or wrap around if it’s colder.
✅ For Nursing:
Bring nursing bras, nursing pillows, nipple pads, and nipple ointment and anything else you think you’ll need that was mentioned on the breastfeeding station list above.
Bring Toiletries, a soft towel from home, snacks, and a photo of siblings so they know you’re thinking about them during this transitional time.
Here’s a great post on what to expect when you go to the hospital from check-in to check out.
✅ Take Maternity Photos
If you’ve been thinking of taking maternity photos the time in now. Maternity photos are a very special keepsake that every mama should have.
I’ve had three babies and I had none taken and I’m very regretful. I just didn’t know it was a thing to have them done, but what a brilliant idea. I really wish I had thought about it when I was pregnant.
So don’t miss out on getting those special photos before your babe comes. You’ll be glad you did.
So there it is. This list covers everything you need to do to prepare for baby and it also covers baby things you need to buy before birth. If you want to print this checklist just go to the very bottom of this post and push the purple button. You will receive this post as a PDF download that you can print and keep.
I hope this helps and good luck mama!
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