So your due date is coming up! What things do you need to do before coming home with baby?
You should prepare your hospital bag with the items you’ll need.
As you get closer to your due date you might want to consider putting a waterproof pad over your mattress. Just in case your water breaks while you are sleeping.
Map out the most direct route to the hospital or birth center. If you are parking a car there check out where to park, you need to remember that you’ll be leaving your car for at least 24 hours.
Some things to buy if you haven’t already: Nursing bra and tops, nursing cloak, nursing pads, breast cream and ice pack and heating pad(or packs) for breast if you’re going to Breastfeed. Don’t forget postnatal sanitary pads(swipe what you can at the hospital if you did forget!)
Wash baby’s sheets and clothes that will be used in the first couple of days. Including the going home outfit.
Sterilize Bottles, nipples and Breast Pump Supplies. Get a package of milk freezer bags to use if pumping.
Prepare freezer meals ( at least 7 days’ worth) and collect to go menus. When cooking before baby comes it is easy to make a extra meal and freeze. If you don’t have any ideas on what to make that is easy check out Pintrest
Make sure you have a supply of simple snacks that you like to eat just in case you don’t have time (or are just too tired) to heat up a meal. A good place to keep these snacks is where you plan on feeding baby.
Install the car seat! You don’t want to wait till the last minute to do this! If you are not sure how to correctly install the seat google a local Certified Passenger Safety Technician.
Last but not least is get your help lined up. Family members, neighbors and friends that offer to help with the baby. Put down their name and number and don’t be too proud to call. Or call a Professional! Newborn Care Specialist can sometimes come in for one night up to several months depending on your needs!
Now the question I have for you is what did you do before you went to the hospital and had YOUR baby?
I have been a Professional Nanny since 1987 and Debra Gail has been a Professional Nanny since 1986. This is our blog of fun things we find or do with our charges.