1. Write a birth plan
If you have not already, it is a great idea to make some notes that will tell your doctor about the type of birth and pain relief you want. Your birth plan has to be flexible, considering that the circumstances and your preference might change on the day.
2. Talk to your partner
It is important that you speak with your partner to make sure that both of you are on the same page before your baby arrives. Do not assume that your partner understands what his role should be during labour and birth. To kick start your new life; divide the chores between you and your partner to avoid any confusion.
3. Get tips from experienced mums
Be it your mom, mother-in-law or friends with children, there is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to pregnancy. So do not hesitate and take every opportunity to learn from others’ experiences.
4. Arrange for extra help
The first few weeks with baby can be overwhelming. If you are lucky enough to have friends and relatives who are ready to help you out, do have a chat with them about details before the birth. For example, if you need them more in the first weeks or after your partner’s paternity leave has finished?
5. Pet-proof your house
The arrival of a baby can shock the family pets. But you can do things that will make sure that your pets and your baby live together happily.
Make sure your pet and your baby do not sleep in the same room. A stair gate is a good way to make sure that the baby’s room is out of the dog’s reach.
6. Wash your baby’s clothes and bedding
Your new baby’s skin will be very gentle. So it is a good idea to wash your baby’s clothes and bedding before you need to use them. This will be gentler on your baby’s skin, and reduce the chance of irritation.
7. Clean the house
You will not get time to do much when your baby arrives. If your nesting instinct have already kicked in by now, take advantage of it. Get the house cleaned. If you are too tired, try to just do the essentials, such as organising your baby supplies.
8. Stock up on nappies
You may be surprised later but your baby will need a lot of nappies. So start stocking up now. If you are thinking to go with disposable nappies then your will need 10-12 a day. But if you are thinking of going with reusable nappies then the number of nappies used per day depends on the type of nappy you buy.
9. Pack your hospital bag
Your labour could start at any time, so it is best that you get all your essentials ready by the time you are about 36 weeks. Put together all the things you will need for labour and for after the birth, such as your birth plan, change of clothes, nappies and keep the bag near the front door.
10. Choose your baby’s going home outfit
11. Charge your phone
Keep your phone fully charged. This way, you will be ready to update your family and friends with the happy news and take beautiful selfies with your baby!
Have fun preparing for baby!