As your due date quickly approaches you may notice your nesting instincts are in full effect; take advantage of it! The adrenaline in your body peaks around 38 and 39 weeks so you may find yourself more motivated to prepare for your baby’s arrival during that time. There are many things you can do to prepare but it’s important that you start with the basics.
Set up a crib
Whether you opt for a bassinet or a crib, make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep. This Live Strong article outlines the crib safety standards as stated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other essentials include: diaper changing supplies, bedding, receiving blankets, bath supplies, carrier, car seat, stroller, grooming and medical supplies.
Set up a changing station
In a TODAY article, Alesandra Dubin argued that this step in the most important. She wrote, “Sure, we had our diapers and wipes on hand. But if I could go back and do it again, I would have had them all unwrapped and in their baskets, and I would have even had a liner all ready to go in the diaper pail. Because when you get home from the hospital, bewildered as you may be, that’s the one task you can’t delay!”
Plan your meals
After you bring your baby home the last thing you’re going to want to do is have to go grocery shopping. It’s a smart idea to go ahead and freeze homemade meals so you don’t have to worry about dinner. We love Kidspot’s 37 make-ahead meals to freeze for when baby arrives.
Purchase enough baby clothes
How often you are willing to do laundry will determine how many clothes you need. Home Family recommends purchasing a few items in the 0 to 3 month size and the rest in the 3-6 month size due to the fast growth of newborns. The following is their example of a standard newborn layette.
- 3-6 one-piece sleepers with feet
- 4-6 cotton knit undershirts
- 1 cap or hat (depending upon season)
- 2-3 pairs booties or socks
- 3-6 pairs waterproof pants (if using cloth diapers)
- 3-6 rompers (one piece outfits that snap at the crotch)
- 1-3 sweaters
Pack your hospital bag in advance
It is recommended that you pack your hospital bag by the start of your ninth month of pregnancy.
Obtain a breast pump through your insurance
It’s a great idea to go ahead and get your breast pump before your baby arrives. Having a breast pump will allow for you to build a milk supply. Did you know that many insurance plans cover the purchase of a breast pump for expectant or lactating mothers under the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA)?
Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpumps can help you qualify for yours today. All you have to do is fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form and we will take care of the rest. We look forward to serving you soon!