If you're approaching your due date you are most likely going over the mental checklist of everything you will need before your little bundle makes their appearance! Here is my top 10 list of things to do before baby to make life easier after baby comes! Some of these I had thought of prier to Ella being born, but a few things I wish I would have done!
1. Listen to Your Body This one is a biggie! It's important to take time the last few weeks to honor your body and the birth that will soon take place. If you feel like you need to take a nap, do it! (this may be the last time you get the pleasure of taking one). If you feel like you need to eat more than normal, do it! Your body will tell you what it needs to fuel it self and the baby before delivery. If you need some alone time, take it. If you need to be surrounded by family, do it. If your body is telling you to slow down, slow down. Listen to your body, mama. It knows what it needs.
2. Meal Prep Some great advice I got while I was pregnant was to start freezing meals. I've never been a fan of frozen meals, but let me tell you, any kind of food is amazing when you have a new born and the last thing you want to do is cook a meal. I started cooking larger dinners and freezing half of it. This was one of the most helpful ways to prepare for baby, it helped me and my hubby tremendously! Here is 15 freezer meal ideas with a complete grocery list and recipes! I found this super helpful.
3. Meal Train Setting up a Meal Train is a great way to (again) feed your family after having your baby. It's super simple to set up and it allows you to control a schedule of visitors after the baby comes, we chose close family and friends the first few weeks. Everyone wants to help out and bless the new family and this is a perfect way to do so! I was not prepared for how hungry I would be after birth and nursing, so I'm telling you food is the best! haha
4. Baby Baskets This was another helpful tip a friend gave me. I put together a couple baskets to put in our room and the living room. The baskets had diapers, wipes, burp clothes, hand sanitizer, a couple extra onesies and snacks. This allowed me to lay in bed or the couch and snuggle my baby after birth with everything I needed right next to me. It also was perfect for the middle of the night diaper changes, and spit ups.
5. Door Stopper Okay, this is my favorite! I installed a door stopper to the door coming in from our garage, and let me tell you when your pregnant and carrying in groceries its the best! And it's even better when you have groceries and a baby in the other arm! It will be your forever best purchase.
6. Date Nights Planning time with the hubby before the baby comes is so important. Soon it won't just be the two of you and planning date nights isn't as simple with a baby. Soak up the alone time and make time for each other, even if its having a movie night at home, or going on walks in the evening. It may seem insignificant, but it really makes a big difference.
7. Deep Clean House If your like me there's no greater feeling than a clean home! Especially if your in nesting mode! Hire someone to come deep clean your home, or ask a family member or friend. You deserve it, mama!
8. Locate a Local Breastfeeding Group/Lactation Consultant Breastfeeding has been one of the most beautiful and rewarding parts of being a mom, but it hasn't always been easy. We overcame many challenges in the beginning and having support and guidance in this new journey is so important. Most hospitals offer free breastfeeding support groups with lactation consultants to help you early on. If your having any trouble or concerns at all don't be afraid to reach out! I wish I would have gone a lot sooner, I might have been able to avoid some of the challenges I had early on. It's also nice meeting other new moms and knowing what your going through is normal and your not in it alone!
9. Pamper Yourself You deserve it!! You are creating a human, and it's not an easy task! Soon showers will be a luxury so take advantage of the last few weeks to pamper and love on yourself. Manicures, massages, multiple baths a day! Whatever floats your boat!
10. It takes a Village! I heard this over and over before we gave birth to Ella. It never really clicked until after. I didn't think that I would want as much support and help after having her as people were telling me. Communicating to close friends and family about what you might need postpartum and scheduling it a head of time would be a huge help. And of course it can be flexible scheduling with what works best for you and the baby. For example if someone can commit to helping with cleaning or laundry once every other week, or if you plan once a week for a friend or family member to come spend time with you. There's so many unexpected things that can pop up after having a baby and having support is the best way to step into this new phase of life.
What are some helpful tips you have to help prepare for a baby?? I'd love to hear, comment below!!