Use these last few weeks of pregnancy to prepare for your little one’s arrival. Being well organised now will make things easier for you and your family when your baby does put in an appearance.
Although your baby may sleep in your room for the first six months, you will probably want to keep most of the baby items in another room. This may be a nursery or in a bedroom she may eventually share with an older sibling.
Babies have a disproportionate amount of ‘stuff ‘in comparison to their size, so you will need space to store his things!
You may want to wash new baby clothes and bedding to remove any substances or dust that might irritate your newborn’s delicate skin, and although normal non-biological detergents are generally fine, you may prefer to use a detergent that has been specially formulated to be gentle on a baby’s skin.
Don’t use fabric softener and always make sure the clothes and bedding are thoroughly rinsed. You will need to pack the items you will want for your newborn in your ‘after the birth’ bag.
Buy nappies and baby toiletries now, and make sure that the cot is ready for your baby.
Don’t forget the car seat – it is advisable to take your baby home in a car seat for safety reasons. Make sure that both you and your partner know how to put your baby into the car seat and how it fits into the car.
It’s a good idea to stock up on non-perishable goods such as soups, healthy cereals, and packets of oats and healthy snacks.
Now’s also the ideal time to do some cooking; prepare some tasty one pot meals such as khichdi which can be frozen in containers and then easily defrosted and heated.
This will save you a lot of time and energy when your baby first arrives home.
If you are planning to have your baby in a maternity unit it’s worth having a few trial runs at different times of the day so that you don’t get caught out by the traffic.
Make sure you both know the quickest route to the hospital and keep the car filled up with fuel.
Put a list of emergency telephone numbers, including your husband’s mobile and a taxi firm that will take you to the hospital (check with them now) beside the house phone, or stuck to the fridge where everyone can see it.
If you have other children you will have to make plans for childcare, both during the day and at night, as there is no way of telling what time your baby will arrive.
If your little one is already at nursery or school, make sure that the teacher knows who they should expect to collect them when you are having your baby.
If you have pets, you will need to have someone organised to come in and look after them while you're away.
You'll need to have someone organised to come in and look after them if you are having a hospital birth.
If you are having your baby at home, you'll have enough to think about without worrying about your pets, so get some help.
A little bit of planning now will ensure that everything is ready for your baby, whenever he or she decides to arrive.