Giving birth is a roller coaster of emotions, whether you're expecting your first kid or your fifth. Being a parent to a new baby may be sheer bliss, but it can also be tiring and overwhelming. Particularly during the newborn phase, performing regular activities might be difficult due to lack of time, energy, or both.
There are certain things you'll want to accomplish while your baby is sleeping that you won't want to be distracted by a crying newborn. And if this article is in front of you, it's most likely time to go! From car seat installation to finding a pediatrician, here's what needs to be done before you give birth.
- TAKE A CHILDBIRTH CLASS - If you're expecting, one thing to do before giving birth is to take a childbirth class. By attending this event and learning the basics about labor and delivery (along with what to expect during your hospital stay), you'll feel much more confident and well-equipped for what's ahead. Plus, it could be good bonding time with your partner!
- GET A CRIB AND SET UP THE NURSERY - For mothers-to-be, one thing to do before giving birth is setting up the nursery. You might not know what you want or need yet - but it's still smart to get your thinking cap on and start brainstorming. What will you use as a changing table? Have any ideas for wall decor? It's really fun to think about and you'll probably get inspired by seeing what other people have done. Plus, think of it as family bonding time - having everyone help out and contribute their ideas is great for your relationship!
- INSTALL THE CAR SEAT - This is another thing to do before giving birth. If you know what car seat you want, make sure to install it beforehand! Some people find this terrifying, but trust me - if you can change a tire or put up wallpaper, you can certainly work out how to strap in your baby safely.
- CHOOSE A PEDIATRICIAN - If you're planning to have your baby at home, do not skip this step! You need to choose an official pediatrician who will visit the house for routine checkups. This is probably something that can be done now, but don't wait until closer to giving birth because if you pick someone you don't like, it'll be harder to switch doctors.
- HAVE A ME DAY - This is very important! Even if you're a mommy-to-be, you still have needs. Book yourself a day at the spa where they pamper your every whim and let you take a nap in a comfy bed. Taking time out for yourself, both alone and with your partner, is important.
- READ UP ABOUT BREASTFEEDING - This will help give you a better understanding of the whole breastfeeding thing and make it less intimidating when you go to do it for the first time.
- GET THE BABY'S CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES - Many moms-to-be like to get all their baby's clothes and accessories ready before giving birth because it makes them feel more prepared and ready to take on the challenge.
- CHECK THE HOSPITAL BAG - A few weeks before the due date, make sure your hospital bag is ready to go. This will help reduce your stress levels tenfold! You need to have a general sense of what you'll need at the hospital, including knowing the best routes there and packing suitcases for when you must depart quickly.
- GET A JUMP START ON BABY PROOFING - Start baby-proofing your house before the little one is born. This will help you feel less stressed and more in control of the situation when it does happen!
- STOCK UP ON HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS - Make sure to stock up your house with the things you'll need during the first month. For example, baby wipes and diaper rash cream. Include items like toilet paper, paper towels, acceptable cleaning chemicals, and personal care products that you use on a regular basis such as shampoo and soap.
By: April Carson