After the baby is born, things are going to be quite chaotic for a good few months until you settle into the routine of having a third, little addition to your group. The last thing you need is unpreparedness adding to the fray so before the baby is born, take the time to see to a few things that will definitely help you in the long run. To make your life easier, here’s a checklist of things you should do.

Accessories

Of course by now you must have gone shopping for those teensy baby clothes and pretty ornaments and toys you’ll be adding to the baby’s room. But in your hurry to browse through all these additions, don’t forget the accessories that will actually come in handy as the baby grows.  For example, you’ll definitely need blankies and wraps (if you’re looking for good quality, check out namelyco.com), baby carriers, strollers, pacifiers, milk bottles etc. Don’t forget to stock up on pampers and wipes because you’ll be amazed at how fast these run out.

The Carpet

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, carpets are a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. Before you start rolling on the ground with your little one, make sure to thoroughly clean all the carpets in your house and if possible, air dry them in strong sunlight for good measure. The last thing you need is for your baby to be exposed to a harmful bug or too much dust that will damage his/her vulnerable lungs.

The Hospital Bag

Once your water breaks, there’s no way you’re going to want to be scrambling around thinking of what to pack in your hospital bag. Make sure you get all the necessities (an outfit change, toiletries, laundry bag, nursing bras, lanolin etc.) way ahead in advance and keep it packed and ready to go!

Nursing Bras

Underwire bras shouldn’t be used until you’ve been breastfeeding for a minimum of 3 months so you should definitely invest in a few nursing bras. There are some who use regular bras with nursing pads put in, but this can lengthen the process. When dealing it with a hungry, frustrated baby, the last thing you want to do is have to fumble with your pads so try to invest in at least 1 nursing bra.

Freezer Meals

That first week back from the hospital is going to be tiring so the last thing you want to do is spend time in the kitchen. Make some freezer meals in advance (pasta, lasagne, fajitas etc.) that will have you sorted in that first week.

Waterproof Mattress Pads

You definitely have to invest in some waterproof mattress pads for the little one’s crib in case he/she wets the bed or throws up during the night. Keep a second mattress pad handy so you don’t have to stumble around looking for it in the night should any mishap occur.

These are the most important things you should see to before baby comes. Prepare yourself every step of the way and it just might help smoothen out the process!


 

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