Towards the end of your pregnancy, there are things you need to prepare before your baby arrives.
It starts with yourself which involves physical and mental prep, your house, your baby essentials, afterbirth kit for you, etc.
Not only do you want to prepare yourself physically and mentally, but you also want to make sure you have everything you need for yourself and your baby after childbirth.
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The essential things that you need to do before your baby arrives
1. Mental preparation for the childbirth
I’m not trying to sugarcoat by telling you that childbirth is easy and painless. I’m sure you know it’s not.
However, I can assure you that no matter how intense the labor pain that you have, it’s a bearable pain. I believe that we, women, are designed to cope with childbirth and labor pain. So don’t worry too much.
But if you need to, you can discuss the birthing options with your midwife and doctor. So that you’ll get a clearer picture of what can happen for all options.
Just remember, giving birth is a natural thing that a woman’s body has been designed for. Trust yourself that you can do it. And tell yourself that everything will be alright.
2. Deep clean your house
As soon as you enter the 32nd week of your pregnancy, you should start decluttering and cleaning your house bit by bit. Get rid of the stuff that you don’t use and need. Make sure you don’t have anything piled up unnecessarily. You can deep clean your house by doing it one room at a time so that it will be easier for you to do.
3. Clear your kitchen cupboards and reorganize your food stocks.
Make sure everything is still within the expiry date.
4. Clean your fridge and freezer
5. Start cooking in bulk so that you can stock in your freezer
This frozen food will come handy for you when the baby arrives. Because you won’t have to cook every day. Especially in the first few weeks after birth.
6. Make sure you’re on top of your laundry and ironing
The idea is that you won’t have a mounting pile of dirty laundry to wash or to iron before you go for delivery. You want to minimize the amount of housework you’ll have to do after birth. Although we know that housework never ends. But at least you’ll come home with the baby into a decently clean and tidy house.
7. Get your hospital bag ready
It’s so easy to get carried away with putting so many things in your hospital bag. Just make sure you have the important stuff in your bag.
- Nighties/pajamas with the front opening so that it will be easy for you to nurse your baby
- Maternity bras
- Sanitary napkins
- Nursing pads
- Toiletries i.e. shower cream, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and body lotion.
- Dressing gown
- Basic self-care kit i.e. faces moisturizer, hand cream, hairbrush, and basic makeup kit if you like.
- Your favorite fragrance or aromatherapy diffuser.
8. Breast Pump
I used to use a manual breast pump due to the price. But now I notice you can get an electric breast pump for the price of a manual pump. And there are so many choices as well now.
9. Nipple cream
I can’t tell you how important this nipple cream is. Especially when you just started to nurse your baby and your baby still tries to figure out how to feed on you. Make sure you have this nipple cream in your hospital bag.
10. Tummy girdle or waist cincher shapewear
Unfortunately, I had to have a C-section twice to deliver both of my sons. So I can’t really tell from self-experience whether this tummy girdle is a must-have for those who had normal childbirth.
However, we know that our core muscles, i.e. abdominal, uterus, and pelvic floor become weak and tender after childbirth.
Therefore, to put less strain on those muscles, you might want to wear a tummy girdle or waist cincher shapewear. It can give support to your weak muscles. Especially when you do a lot of standing up and walking.
I used to have a few cincher shapewear of different sizes that I started wearing it from bigger size. And as I lost weight and my tummy shrank, I changed to a smaller size.
In the first six weeks, I used to wear a tummy girdle because it was easier to put on due to C-section stitches.
11. Hospital bag with baby essentials
Newborn nappies/diapers, baby sleepsuits, baby blankets, baby wipes, a changing bag, and a changing mat are some of the baby essentials you need to prepare for your baby’s hospital bag. If you want to know more details, you can check the list here.
12. Baby cot/ crib
In the first few months after birth, I didn’t use the baby cot/ crib much at night time. Both my babies used to get restless if I put them in the cot at night time. They used to keep waking up literally every half an hour.
Though surprisingly they were fine sleeping in the cot/ crib during the daytime. So I used to keep my baby in the cot to nap during the day.
13. Baby pod
And I used to put my baby in a baby pod during the night for the first few months.
14. Baby carrier/ sling
I love baby carrier/ sling. It did help me a lot in doing housework. But I only used the sling when I had my second child. I didn’t use the carrier/ sling for my elder son because he was a quite chubby and chunky baby. So the carrier/ sling was so small that I had to return it 😄.
15. Baby pram
A baby pram is a must for you to have so that you can go for a walk with your baby. You might want to get a travel system that comes with a car seat, a pram, and a pushchair.
16. Baby car seat
By law, you must have a proper baby car seat of the right stage, if you want to take your newborn baby home by car. So, make sure you have your baby car seat sorted before you go to the hospital.
The best choice is you get a baby travel system which normally includes the car seat, baby pram, and baby pushchair.
This baby travel system was one of the essential things that I used a lot. Maybe because I was quite keen on taking my baby out for a walk. So it was really worth every cent.
17. Baby’s sleepsuits
Obviously, you can buy whatever clothing items you like for your baby. However, I personally don’t see it important to get fancy baby clothing. Because for the first few months, you will only need simple clothing that you can put on and take off easily. As you may need to change your baby’s clothes quite a few times in a day. Nice and cute babygrows/ sleepsuits will be good enough.
18. Baby mittens and socks
19. Diapers/ Nappies
20. Baby wipes
Whenever we were home, I tried not to use baby wipes too much. What I used to do when changing the diaper was wash the baby bum with water using cotton wool and dry it with muslin. But if we were out and about, I would then use the baby wipes.
21. Cotton Wool
22. Nappy cream
This one is absolutely a must-have. Because you don’t want your baby’s sensitive skin rash due to nappies.
23. Baby muslins
24. Baby sleeping bag
I find that choosing the sleeping bag for cool seasons like spring and autumn is better.
Because your baby won’t really need it for summertime as you can just put a light cotton blanket on her/ him. And in winter, you can just put a blanket over the sleeping bag.
So you don’t really need to buy too many sleeping bags.
25. Baby blanket
I’d recommend the 100% cotton blanket for your newborn to make sure it’s safer for the baby’s skin.
26. Baby bath
27. Baby grooming kit
The set normally comes with baby scissors, nail files, nail clips, hairbrush, nasal aspirator, etc.
Let’s wrap up on the things to prepare before your baby arrives
Before you give birth to your baby, you’ll naturally want to prepare yourself physically and mentally about what to expect when the baby arrives.
You’ll also want to get your house ready for when your bundle of joy comes home. And you’ll want to get the things for you and your newborn baby.
So make sure you know what is most important for you and your baby.
As a reminder, here’s the list of the most essential things you want to prepare:
- Mental preparation
- Deep clean the house
- Clear and reorganize kitchen cupboards
- Clean the fridge and freezer
- Cook in bulk and store away
- Sort out the laundry
- Hospital bag
- Breast pump
- Nipple cream
- Tummy Girdle/ afterband.
- Hospital bag for baby
- Baby cot
- Baby pod
- Baby carrier/ sling
- Baby pram/ travel system
- Baby car seat
- Babygrows/ sleepsuits
- Mittens and socks for newborn
- Diapers/ Nappies
- Baby wipes
- Cotton wool
- Nappy cream
- Baby muslins
- Sleeping bag
- Baby blanket
- Baby bath
- Health care and grooming kit for baby
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All the best.