If the big day is approaching fast and you are already anxiously anticipating your baby’s arrival, you need to make sure that you are fully prepared. Don’t fret too much; this guide is here to give you a helping hand and talk you through a few of the things that you need to do in the time you have remaining.
Talk to Your Partner
Start by sitting down with your partner and talking through what you have done and what is still left on your to-do list. Don’t leave anything to assumptions and this is only going to lead to arguments in the future. Obviously, the division of responsibility depends very much on your individual situation, who will be returning to work and when etc.
Arrange for Extra Help
There is no doubt that the first few weeks of having a newborn can be totally overwhelming. So, any help and support you can get should be accepted with appreciation. Perhaps you have some friends or relatives who you can enlist to assist with childcare. Maybe it is worth getting some paid help like a cleaner or maybe a babysitter for your older children if you have them.
Since your new baby’s skin can be very delicate, it is a good idea to wash all their clothes and bedding using a non-biological detergent. As well as being gentler on their skin, it will also reduce the chances of it becoming irritated. You should also make sure that you have stocked up on the essentials like bottles, diapers etc. And read up on any last-minute information like how to feed a newborn. Obviously, you will become more experienced over time, but this is something that is worth knowing about in advance.
Do Some Last-Minute Chores
When your baby arrives, you are obviously going to find yourself with a lot less time on your hands. So, it is a good idea to complete some last-minute chores while you still have the opportunity. Cook and freeze some meals for yourself now that you can have in the future. Give the house a deep clean and get your baby’s room in order.
Get Contact Numbers and Charge Your Phone
Ensure that you have all the different contact numbers that you might need to be inputted into your phone such as your doctor, local hospital, transportation provider etc. It is worth investing in a portable charger so that you don’t have to worry about your phone running out of battery at an inopportune moment.
Check the Car
If you are planning on driving to the hospital or birth center, double check to make sure that your car is in good working order. Perform some basic maintenance tasks like checking the tire pressure and ensuring that there is enough fuel in the tank at all times.And there you have just a few of the important last-minute preparations which you can make for the arrival of your baby to make the transition into your new life just a little bit smoother.
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