Preparing the birth of your baby? Here are some things that you can do to make it easier and help you feel ready! Great ideas to do in your third trimester!
Needless to say, here is some list of things to do before your baby is born. It was super helpful because not only it keeps mum busy but, it was really helpful once the baby is born. With this list, you are able to stay relax and enjoy the time with your new bundle of joy because you had things planned beforehand.
Pick a birth announcement
You live far from your family and friends or showing off your perfect new baby, you can make an announcement to introduce your newborn. If you have already decided on what you are going to do before your baby is born, then you won’t have to stress about picking a birth announcement after they are born.
Waterproof bed pad
It is not for the baby but for you. This is to prevent the water break from ruining your mattress. If your water breaks in the middle of the night, you have to leave quickly and the amniotic fluid would do serious damage on your mattress. Instead of being nervous about falling asleep as your due date approaches, you can opt for a better option. Investing a waterproof bed pad would really help you in case of emergencies. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Get your carpets cleaned
Babies are very sensitive to dust and wool. Having weird stains and nasty smell from the carpet is not something contended. You may need to clean your carpet before your baby is born. You may feel at ease after seeing them rolling and lying around on the carpet after being cleaned. You won’t have much time after the baby is born. Get started now!
Pick a paediatrician
If you don’t have a paediatrician, it might be good for you to look for a paediatrician. You can ask your friends, look through online websites and see if your hospitals have any contracts with any local offices. It’s much easier for you to have this done before you have your baby. You wouldn’t want to get a minor panic attack when the nurse asks you who your baby paediatrician is. Having a paediatrician is really good because you don’t have to worry about anything.
Wash baby’s clothes
It would be nice if you wash the baby clothes to avoid from having sensitive skin later on. A baby skin may react faster than we thought, thus, it is better to take fast action than later. You can have your sweet moment by washing their clothes. It was fun to wash, fold and neatly place all of his tiny clothes.
Prepare freezer meals
Preparing freezer meals can be fun because it may take one day or a few days and when you want to keep yourself busy. By doing this, it can distract you for a while and a little exercise. Making freezer meals is nice especially when your family have gone back home and only left you and your husband. It is a good choice considering after you have your baby.
Having a breast pump is nice since you won’t be able to nurse your baby when the baby decided to sleep through the night. If not, you will wake up in the middle of the night feeling puffed-up and crying in pain. Your breast will turn to two rock-hard lumps on your chest.
Get a pedicure
It sounds ridiculous, but you will be taking a lot of pictures while holding your baby. It’s feeling nice to have a little bit of glam to make you happy! Plus, once your baby is born, you would not have much time to paint your nails. This is the time to pamper yourself with something you always did.
Buy some “in-between” clothes
You can go buy some “in-between” clothes that you can wear until you fit back into your regular clothes. As much as you want to be fit again after delivery, it will not happen immediately. It will help your emotion. It takes time! So, before you have your baby, just get a pair or two loose-fitting pants and tops.
Talk to the healthcare provider
Talk to the healthcare worker about your plan to breastfeed your baby. Don't worry! They have all ears on you.
Photographer for your baby
The hospital may have contracts with baby photographer and they will come to your rooms while you are there and take pictures. You can check whether your hospital has something like this and if don’t, you can try to look for a newborn photographer. It is nice to plan and set everything up. You would not want to stress about the baby photographer after they are born.