Motherhood is one of life’s most amazing journeys. If you’re in the late stages of your pregnancy, then you’re most probably starting to think about what will happen when you bring your new baby home. By now you’ve probably read all of your baby books from cover to cover, and have got a good idea of what to expect when your newborn arrives. However, that doesn’t mean that when it comes to bringing your new addition home, you’re properly prepared. After all, there’s a lot that you need to think about and get ready for.
With that in mind, below is a list of things that you should consider doing in preparation for your new arrival.
Stock up the nursery--
The chances are that by now your nursery has been beautifully decorated and has all of the essentials in it. Although your nursery probably already has a cot, changing table, and wardrobe in it, it may not be stocked up with other essentials. If you’re yet to fill your nursery with the items that you will need while in there, now could be the perfect time to get the room stocked up. Ideally, you want to pop a store of diapers under the changing table, as well as baby wipes, and diaper rash cream. You should also put all of your baby's clothes into the nursery, so that they’re easy to access when you need them. It’s also worth putting a couple of books in the nursery so that you’ve got something to read while you’re in there with your newborn.
Get any last minute advice--
If there’s anything that you’re worried about, now is the perfect time to get the advice that you need. Whether you’re concerned about birth complications or are worried about how to feed your baby, now is the ideal time to get the help that you need. Say, for example; you’re worried about breastfeeding and whether it’s the right option for you. Seeing a lactation specialist could help you to make a decision. Sometimes, an expert opinion is all it takes to give you the peace of mind that you need to relax.
Fill the freezer with frozen food--
Once your baby arrives, life will become incredibly stressful and hectic. So it’s a good idea to stock up your freezer with lots of healthy, homemade food that can be easily heated up. Make up batches of things like lasagna, chili con carne, chicken stew, and risotto to freeze. Then, when you’re too tired to cook, all you have to do is take something out of the freezer and heat it up in the microwave.
Pack your hospital bag--
Last but not least, if you haven’t already packed your hospital bag, now could be a good time to do so. To ensure that you can dash to the hospital when the baby comes, it’s a good idea to have your hospital bag in the car. That way, whenever you go into labor, you can just hop in the car. When it comes to what you should pack in your maternity bag, your baby books should include a comprehensive list. So take a look at them to get an idea of what you’ll need to take.
Hopefully, the above tips and advice will help you to prepare for when you bring your new baby home and start the path of motherhood.