10 things to do before your baby arrives

There’s nothing I love more than being organised. I love waking up in the morning and knowing I have things as under control as I possibly I can. So I write a lot of lists and I always try and stay busy doing something productive every day, even if it is something little! So that got me thinking about the tasks I’ve ensured myself to do before little Daisy arrives. These are the top 10 that I would personally recommend doing if you’re anything like me!

{1} Pre-wash and organise baby clothes

Through these past months I’ve been given so many baby clothes and bought so many myself too. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh washing and It’s nice for baby to feel all lovely and snug in freshly washed, soft, clothes. It’s also a nice nesting task! Then organise the clothes into sizes. I didn’t realise how much newborn clothes we kept buying, but after organising things into sizes it gave me an idea of what sizes we were short on and what ones we most definitely weren’t!

{2} Birth announcement

I’m really actually excited about birth announcements! I love any excuse to get a little creative and when you’ve got so much free time before baby arrives it’s actually pretty fun! We bought some craft items and cards and are hand-making ours. But you can also buy them from shops and buy them online! Don’t forget to get the addresses of people you’ll need to send them to and write a list early so you don’t forget anyone!

{3} Sort through your own wardrobe

I did this a week or so ago because I was getting frustrated with my clothes. I wanted to see what things I’d be able to fit back into and what items I should just put to the back of the wardrobe. Separate your wardrobe into sections/piles of the clothes you’re looking forward to fitting into again.

{4} Pamper yourself

Whilst you still have the time! Plus, it would be nice to feel and look as decent as you can throughout the labour and afterwards when visitors arrive. Little things like face masks and painting your nails! Set aside a few nights a week leading up to your due date to have little pamper evenings.

{5} Pack your bags

Pack your hospital bags, then re-pack and re-pack again. Just to make sure you’ve got everything you’ll possibly need. It would be a horrible feeling getting to the hospital and realising you’ve forgotten something really important! This is what I’ve prepared in my labour bag – although I’ve re-packed it a few times since!

{6} Prepare meals

Prepare and freeze some meals. You might not find the time when a baby is here to cook and it’s so important after pregnancy to look after yourself as well as your new baby. Having some nice meals ready in the freezer will put your mind at rest and take one task off your shoulders. Think meals like lasagne and Bolognese.

{7} Clean

Because it will be a lovely feeling bringing a beautiful fresh new baby home to a lovely clean and tidy home. Plus it will be nice for when the visitors start knocking! If you need extra help with your new baby and you have some money to do so, you could think about getting an au pair that can help with all aspects of childcare. For some people they do need that extra help as it’s a lot to handle, checking out the au pair cost will help you with your decision and see if it’s right for you.

{8} Make sure you know where to go

Take a little trip to the hospital! Just to make sure you know exactly where you’re going. You don’t want to be delivering your baby in the car! We took a trip up to the maternity unit at the hospital a few weeks ago and it was a great insight. I feel settled now that we know exactly where to go. A lot of maternity units will provide you with a tour (if you book in advance) and I’d definitely recommend doing so! It’s lovely to see where you’re going to be giving birth.

{9} Charge

Phone. Camera. iPod. Kindle. Ipad. Laptop. ANYTHING electrical that you will be taking with you. Keep fully charged! Imagine speeding into labour and forgetting that you’re a camera or phone has run out of battery and you can’t capture those first moments quite as you had planned! I know I would cry if I forgot my beloved camera or it wasn’t charged!

{10} Baby book

Go through your baby book if you have one! Fill out the little details you are able to fill in now. It’s so lovely to look back and remember what it felt like to be pregnant.

All these little tasks should keep you busy and excited whilst awaiting the arrival of your little one!

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