Things to do before having a baby…
In my final weeks of figuring out how to prepare for baby #2, I am remembering some things that I did or WISH I had done last go-round.
There’s the initial freak out of,
“Oh my gosh, I only have 3 weeks left, I’ve got to get stuff done!”
You frantically finish the nursery and clean the bathrooms. Then suddenly comes,
“Oook, he was due 3 days ago…I’m ready…what do I do now?”
Know the feeling???
Well, whatever stage you are in as you’re preparing for baby to arrive, I’ve got some tips for you.
This is a very detailed baby preparations checklist…
So if you’re wondering what to do while waiting for baby, this third trimester checklist should cover all your bases.
Checking these tasks off of your to do list before baby will pay off, Mama. Thank yourself later.
Getting organized now will make settling into your life with a newborn much less stressful.
Now, let’s get to the last minute baby prep!
Preparing for Baby Checklist: Last Minute to do List Before Baby Arrives
1. Prepare a Postpartum Care Kit
Don’t just prepare for baby, prepare for MAMA!
Everyone researches what baby things to buy before birth, but stocking up on postpartum essentials is JUST as important to your new mom survival kit.
One of the best things to do to prepare for baby is to make sure YOU will be taken care of too.
This is a must-do, girl.
Get a little basket and put it next to the toilet. Fill it with all the things you’ll need for your postpartum care.
You don’t want to have to waddle over to the cabinet and fumble with opening pads or toilet paper when you’re recovering from childbirth.
Here are some tips on what to include:
This kind is perfect.
Yes, they’re huge, but trust me, you want huge.
And compared to what they give you at these hospital these will feel great.
You may want to stock up on a lighter kind as well, to use when things lighten up.
I like to use this thinner kind for the later weeks of postpartum recovery.
These are incredibly helpful for postpartum care and healing.
My nurse recommended them and I was SO thankful. There’s a lot going on down there.
You’ll be glad to have this on hand to relieve some serious discomfort.
I like to make a row of 3 overlapping wipes and “tuck” them from front to back.
It really makes a difference. I think every mama I know uses these awesome things.
Pain Relieving Spray
I read this tip before my first baby.
Any extra relief you can get down there is a must!This will help.
And it’s made with natural ingredients so you don’t have to worry too much about what you’re spraying down there…
Aka: Peri Bottle.This is essential to rinse and care for your postpartum recovery needs, especially if you experience tearing during childbirth (which can be common.)
Keep it in the bathroom and refill it with warm water.
It will speed up the healing process, keep things clean, and the warmth is sweet relief after every not-so-sweet visit to the toilet.
Sitz Bath Soak
Another tip for extra relief down there after having a baby is taking postpartum sitz baths.
This is a simple and really gentle way to manage pain and speed recovery. This post by Carly at Mommy On Purpose has great tips on exactly how to do a sitz bath (and why you should.)
This stuff comes highly recommended from mamas because it works really well, smells amazing, and a little goes a long way.
But you can also simply use Epsom salt and lavender essential oil.
You’ll most likely use this at the hospital and they’ll recommend you continue. I recommend that too.
You want to stay as regular as possible…TRUST me.
That first visit to the bathroom after I got home from the hospital was *almost* worse than giving birth.
This can help a lot.
I know it’s not the most glamorous item on your baby preparations checklist, but you won’t regret having it.
GOOD toilet paper
You want a good quality, thick ply variety for patting. If ever you deserve the good stuff, it’s now. Keep an extra roll in your postpartum care kit, just in case it runs out.
You never know when things may suddenly get heavier or when a surprise could get messy.
Keep a change of panties in your basket, so you can freshen up with plenty of privacy.
Buy a pack or two of too-large granny panties for postpartum recovery.
Once you graduate out of the hospital net undies, you’ll be glad to have something loose and comfortable that you can just throw away if they get ruined during the joyful postpartum aftermath.
A LOT of new mamas swear by using a postpartum girdle (like this one) after having a baby.
This can be especially helpful if you have a c-section.
Postpartum girdles give extra support that you’ll want in your belly after Baby.
They can even help prevent the dreaded “mommy pooch” to reshape your waist and fit back into your jeans sooner.
Additional Postpartum Tips:
For more on great info on making a postpartum care plan, check out my post exclusively about Postpartum Recovery Tips.
2. Prepare a Breastfeeding Station (Or Pumping Station)
Breastfeeding is awesome.
But it can take a little time to adjust to, especially with your first.
Setting up a little station next to each of your nursing areas will take some of the stress out of things.
I recommend having a little breastfeeding basket or tray set up next to anywhere you plan to breastfeed regularly, especially at night.
For me, this was my bedside and next to the chair in the nursery.
Include some practical items and some comforts.