As excited as you are for your baby to arrive, there are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind to free your mind from the distractions of a crying baby. Before your delivery date, there are many things to prepare in advance.
Most pregnant women cannot help but think about their babies to arrive. Having about nine months to prepare before they are finally born, you also need to think about the things you need to do before your baby arrives. You will surely be busy before you give birth and a lot busier once the baby arrives so make sure you are prepared and organized before the big day.
Preparing Before Giving Birth
To reduce the anxiety over the process of giving birth, mothers-to-be are advised to prepare for the labor and delivery. This includes learning how to breathe and relax during the stages and labor and positioning yourself to facilitate a smooth birth.
Taking Childbirth and Parenting Class
Most first-time parents are often unprepared to undergo childbirth and everything else that comes with taking care of a new-born baby. You may have your family members and friends who will share a lot of advice and opinions, but it will be more helpful to take prenatal classes and parenting lessons to learn more about childbirth and baby care.
Pack Your Hospital Bag
No one can predict when is the exact date when your labor will begin. Avoid the panic by packing a bag that contains the things you need to bring to the hospital. A small overnight bag with your slippers, pajamas, robe, and other essential items must be ready once you begin into labor. You may also make a list of the items to bring and grab them once the time comes.
Set Up the Crib
Every baby needs to have a place where they can comfortably sleep. Purchase and set up the bassinet or crib to create a safe place for the baby to sleep.
Prepare Freezer Meals
Buying food from the groceries and preparing them once the baby arrives is not practical. Instead, prepare the meals ahead and keep them in the freezer so you can eat them during the first days after childbirth. Make sure to stock up foods that will not spoil like casseroles and lasagna.
Talk To the Doctor About Delivery Options
You need to see your OB over the course of your pregnancy. These appointments can be overwhelming but try to take advantage of that time to say your delivery plans. Since a lot of doctors have admitting privileges at more than one hospital, you need to decide which is the best one for you: the hospital closest to your home or a special birthing center. Talk to your doctor about your preferences which include medication, induction options, and interventions.
Choose Your Pediatrician
It is best to get an honest answer and recommendation from someone you trust. The last thing you want to do is to scramble around and look for a doctor’s appointment while you are recovering from childbirth so get a good pediatrician before you have a baby.
Wash Crib Sheets and Baby Clothes
It is a good idea to wash crib sheets, swaddles, blankets, and other clothing items that will come in contact with your baby’s skin before he or she wears them. You don’t need to pre-wash everything but it is a good idea to prepare at least a week’s worth of clothing. You can wash items with a gentle, baby-friendly detergent that is free of dyes or perfumes.
List of the Things You Need
Supplies You Need For Your Newborn
- Baby bottles and nipples (even if you are planning to breastfeed)
- Formula (if you won’t be breastfeeding)
- Diapers, diaper pins, diaper pail, and diaper rash ointment
- Changing table, washcloths, cotton balls, mild soap, hairbrush, and thermometer
- Breastfeeding supplies such as nursing pads and bra
- Infant sleepers, shirts, and receiving blankets
- Sweater and a cap
- Crib sheets and blankets
- Crib, bassinet or cradle
- Infant car seat as mandated by law
Packing Your Hospital Bag Before Giving Birth
- Medical coverage information
- Support or nursing bra and breast pads
- Loose fitting clothes
- Infant sleeper with legs
- Baby blanket
- Music CD or iPod to listen to during labor
- Snacks for labor partner
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, and hairbrush
- Telephone numbers of family members
- Infant car seat as mandated by law
Delivering your baby does not need to be stressful. With enough preparation, delivering your baby can be a hassle-free and enjoyable experience for you and your partner.