When Should You Start Preparing For A Baby?

Once you hit your 3rd trimester and well into your 8th month, you are gearing up for the D-day. At this point you should be focused on preparing for baby arrival.

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What needs to be done before baby arrives?

Preparing for baby arrival checklist.

 

For many, there is anxiety, yet for others, they can’t wait to hit labour and deliver their bundle of joy. Preparing for baby arrival can make the difference in a mum’s experience of her baby’s arrival.

 

It is true that preparing for baby arrival puts you in control of the happenings around baby arrival. Yet, no matter how good you are in preparing for baby arrival, you’re never gonna be perfect or flawless.

 

What needs to be done before baby arrives?

Take care of yourself while pregnant.

Your body works overtime during pregnancy. You may experience fatigue and an emotional overload. Therefore, spend some minutes every day to take care of yourself. Take a quick nap, take a walk, do yoga or meditation and enjoy healthy snacks.

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Get tips from experienced mums

Experience they say is the best teacher. Getting advice from experienced mums will be very reassuring. When for instance, an experienced mum (who you know is not a super-woman) tells you how she did it, you’ll definitely grow in confidence.

 

Decide where to give birth

You can choose to have your baby at home, in a birthing centre or in a hospital. Discuss the place of birth with your midwife or doctor as part of preparing for baby arrival. Unless you have complications any of these places are safe.

 

Plan with a Birth Partner

If you choose to give birth in a hospital; some hospitals only let one birth partner in the delivery room. If you prefer to have two birth partners, talk to your midwife ahead of time to find out whether they’ll allow more than one partner.

 

Who is a birth partner?

A birth partner is someone that stays with you when you’re in labour. Typically your spouse/father of the baby or anyone that is there to offer practical and emotional support during labour. Though the dad to be is often the birth partner, this may not be the best option for everyone.

 

Do I need a birth partner?

Yes, as there’s evidence that they help you cope better with labour. In fact, good birth partners may help you have a less stressful birth.
This is because, midwives and doctors often struggle to care for several women in labour. They are not always with you throughout labour.

 

Therefore, your birth partner’s presence is invaluable and makes baby arrival less difficult.

 

What will my birth partner need to do during labour?

Your birth partner can provide comfort, reassure or encourage you. Merely holding you and watching over you can be hugely comforting. This surely does tamper down your anxiety levels and lessen your pain.

Also, your birth partner could solicit for help for you when you need it especially during intense labour.

 

Arrange for a postnatal home helper

The first days and few weeks after baby arrival can be intense and crowded with breastfeeding and lots of new responsibilities. Many expectant mums arrange with friends or relatives to help out.

 

Where the baby’s dad can get a paternity leave from work, you may not have to bother much with this. But, If you’ll prefer a paid helper, you should organize this in advance.

 

 Pack your hospital bag

From week 36, it’s best to get all your essentials together. Include items like your iPod or a pair of soft slippers, snacks for you and your birth partner, change of clothes and your baby’s outfit. Of course, you’ll need baby nappies. 10 nappies per day will be ideal.

 

Wash your baby’s wears and bedding

Use a suitable baby detergent to wash your baby’s clothes and beddings before using them. This reduces the chance of skin irritation for your baby’s tender skin.

 

Prepare and freeze lots of meals

Especially for those without a steady postnatal home helper, stocking up lots of meals will make the few days after baby arrival less overwhelming.

 

Preparing For Baby Arrival Checklist

I’ll mention some of the stuff you should consider buying in preparing for baby arrival:

  • Undershirts
  • Pairs of pants
  • Newborn hats
  • Socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
  • Cardigans or jackets, especially during winter
  • Bunting bag or snowsuit during winter
  • Detergents for infants
  • large cotton blankets

Mums intending to breastfeed may also want to have

  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage containers
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras (one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
  • Breast pads
  • Lotion for sore nipples

If you are going to be feeding the baby with formula:

  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • four-ounce bottles with nipples
  • eight-ounce bottles with nipples
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula
  • Thermal bottle carrier

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