What are the essential things that you actually need to prepare before your baby arrives?

There are essential things to prepare for the end of your pregnancy. Yourself: physically and mentally, your house, the baby stuff, afterbirth kit for you, etc.

By now, you’ll probably have talked to many moms about what you need to prepare before your baby arrives.

You want to make sure that you have everything ticked and that you’re ready for the big change in your life. 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.

The list of essential things that you want to prepare before your childbirth:

1. Mental preparation for the childbirth

I’m not trying to tell you that childbirth is easy and painless. Because you know it’s not.

But I can assure you that no matter how intense the labor pain that you’ll have, it’s bearable.

So don’t worry too much. If you need to, discuss the birthing options with your midwife and doctor. Get a clearer picture of what can happen in each option.

Remember, giving birth is a natural phenomenon that a woman’s body has been designed for. So, 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’ll want to start to declutter and clean 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 unnecessary. 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 put some away in the freezer

This frozen food will come handy for you when the baby arrived. Because you won’t have to cook everyday. 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. Basically, 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.

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The list of essential things you need to get for yourself (mom):

7. Hospital bag for mom which includes:

  • Nighties/pajamas with a front opening so that it will be easy for you to nurse your baby
  • Maternity bras
  • Underwear
  • Clothes
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Nursing pads
  • Toiletries i.e. shower cream, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and body lotion.
  • Towel
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Basic self-care kit i.e. faces moisturizer, hand cream, hairbrush, and basic makeup kit if you like.
  • Your favorite fragrance or aromatherapy incense sticks.

8. Breast Pump

I used to use a manual breast pump due to the price. But now I notice you can get an electronic 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 C-section twice, to deliver both of my sons. So I can’t really tell from experience whether this tummy girdle is a must-have for those who did normal childbirth.

However, we know that our core muscle i.e. Abdominal, uterus and pelvic floor become weak and tender after childbirth.

Therefore, in order to put less strain on those muscles, you might want to wear a tummy girdle or waist cincher shapewear. So 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. But in the first six weeks, I used to wear tummy girdle because it was easier to put on due to C-section stitches.

Essential things you need for your newborn baby:

11. Hospital bag with baby essentials

Newborn nappies/diapers, baby sleepsuits, baby blankets, baby wipes, changing bag, changing mat.

12. Baby cot

For the first few months after birth, I didn’t use baby cot 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.

But, surprisingly they were fine sleeping in the cot in the daytime. They used to sleep longer and better during the day in the cot. So I used to keep them next to me on my bed using baby pod at nighttime.

13. Baby pod

14. Baby sling

I love baby sling. It did help me a lot in doing housework. But I only used the sling when I had my second child. As I didn’t use the sling for my elder son because he was a quite chubby and chunky baby. So I the sling was too small that I had to return it :-).

15. Baby pram

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. So you will not have to worry about the next stage of your baby traveling kit.

This baby travel system was one of the essential things that I used a lot. Maybe because I was quite keen on taking my babies 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 a day. Nice and cute 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 to get rash due to nappies.

23. Baby muslins

24. Baby sleeping bag

25. Baby blanket

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…

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. Plus, you’ll want to do some prep so that life can be a bit easier when you have your hands full with your little one.

On top of that, obviously you want to get the things for you and your newborn baby. But, there are so many things out there that can make you shopping like crazy though. So make sure you know what the most important for you and your baby.

As a reminder, here’s the list of the most essential things you want to do and get:

  1. Mental preparation
  2. Deep clean the house
  3. Clear and reorganize kitchen cupboards
  4. Clean the fridge and freezer
  5. Cook in bulk and store away
  6. Sort out the laundry
  7. Hospital bag
  8. Breast pump
  9. Nipple cream
  10. Tummy Girdle
  11. Hospital bag for baby
  12. Baby cot
  13. Baby pod
  14. Sling
  15. Pram
  16. Baby car seat
  17. Baby’s sleepsuits
  18. Mittens and socks for newborn
  19. Diapers/ Nappies
  20. Baby wipes
  21. Cotton wool
  22. Nappy cream
  23. Baby muslins
  24. Sleeping bag
  25. Baby blanket
  26. Baby bath
  27. Health care and grooming kit for baby

Hopefully, the list will give you a clearer idea of what to prepare before your baby arrives. Let me know if you find it useful and do share it with those who might need to know.

And thank you for taking the time to read.

All the best.


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Hi, I'm Devy. Relocating thousands of miles away from your homeland to a totally new place is exciting but it can be overwhelming too.