Babies give home a wholesome new definition. But they also make it a mess, a beautiful mess. It isn’t easy to get a hold around with babies/toddlers/teenagers. They are a handful. So, you must get a little done before the baby arrives, should you?
You go through a lot, lack of sleep, no time to rest, you have to take care of the baby & yourself, balancing this whole parenting thing. It’s a big deal and not an easy one.
It’s always better to be prepared beforehand. And also, there is no harm in managing things before the baby arrives. These 11 things to do before the baby arrives will help you organize your messy parenthood.
11 Things To Do Before The Baby Arrives.
1. Prepare A Meal Plan Before The Baby Arrives.
The biggest question that I have been asked and have asked myself is ‘What to cook for dinner/breakfast/lunch?’ Ever day. Every night. Deciding what to cook is equivalent to deciding where to eat.
Meal planning allows you to make a list of all the food you’ll be eating for the week or month. Make a weekly list of foods that you’d be eating in breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner before the baby arrives.
That’s your first step. The next step is to stock up all the ingredients you’d be needing to make all those dishes. Your recipes do not have to be hard.. or freshly prepared. Prepare freezer meals or prepare whatever you can freeze & eat.
You wouldn’t have the time to cook food for hours in the kitchen with your baby. Either prepare freezer stashes or ask your family/friends for help. A meal plan can also include Pizza night, leftover nights, delivered food. Anything that saves your time would work.
Prepare some easy and quick meal plans before the baby arrives. “The Healthy Pregnancy” offers plenty of healthy recipes for pregnant mothers and newbie moms.
2. House Cleaning & Baby Proofing.
Once the baby arrives, you will zero time to clean/organize your house. The right is before your baby arrives. Clean everything. You can ask your family/friends to help you or can get it done whatever seems convenient to you.
From kitchen to bathroom to balcony to carpets, everything! In my opinion, it’s important that you don’t do this on your own or alone or at all. Pregnancy needs rest and good health. Let your family be supportive and do it for you and have it done by professionals
Baby proofing is a necessity, Your baby is a little curious creature wanting to grab and lick stuff. Babyproofing keeps your baby safe from dangers like sharp objects, electricity or falling, etc!
3. Organize Your Home.
After the baby arrives, you will have loads to organize. Your postpartum essentials, breastfeeding requirements, baby checklist items and it doesn’t end here. It’s important that you organize all these and a lot more before the baby arrives.
Organize your house with a diaper station, breastfeeding station. Get many easy-to-carry baskets or storage boxes to store baby items in every room and corner.
Make sure every item that your baby and you would be needing is available in every room and in quantity so that you don’t have to run back to the supermarket every day.
4. Freezer Meals
Freezer meals, as discussed above, are a life savior throughout your postpartum journey. Your baby would need all your attention.
It would get close to impossible for mothers to cook or do any other stuff in totality. It’s better to have some relief and Freezer meals do just that.
5. Shopping before the baby arrives.
You would eventually witness how hard it gets to manage the household once the baby arrives. Going to the market, again and again, would increase the work that you don’t have time for.
It’s better that you already shop all the baby essentials, postpartum essentials, grocery, medicines, every possible thing.
6. Spend Time With Your Partner.
We have established how hard it can get to simply breathe through. Spend lovable time with your partner to compensate for the coming months.
Go on dates, spend time with each other, watch Netflix, and whatnot. Once the baby arrives, frustration would be a by-product and you might or might not be very good to your human. Love, for now, your hormones and time won’t allow it later.
9. Take Care Of Yourself before and after the baby arrives.
Taking good care of yourself allows you to be positive in every situation. Don’t go too hard on yourself, don’t skip meals or water. Don’t hold yourself back and don’t beat yourself down.
Breathe and release your stress. Go on dates, spa, get a massage, dance if you may, get a manicure, pedicure, makeup, dress up before the baby arrives. You’d be a mess once the baby arrives anyway.
You need to stock on your baby’s clothes and your own postpartum clothes. Didn’t realize, did you? You would lose half of your pregnancy weight after delivery and your pregnancy clothes are going to do you no good.
Maternity Maxi dress or pajamas or loose t-shirts. You would also be needing nursing bras and tank tops plus postpartum essentials.
Stock up on loose clothes since you won’t know what really will fit. Buy clothes that are comfortable to wear and do not tighten your body.
Similarly, if you don’t know your baby’s gender, it’s better to buy loose unisex clothes. Babies need comfort, too!
11. Baby Nursery.
This one might not be a surprise but we forget many baby nursery essentials. Get a bassinet that you can attach to your own bed if you plan on co-sleeping.
Organize a Diaper changing station, breastfeeding station, along with several named storage boxes for their clothes, toys.