T-13 days until this baby’s due date (and Mother’s Day, for all the Mamas longing for a day of pampering ). As emotionally and physically “ready” I am to meet this little miss or mr. (that has been so kindly resting on my sciatic nerve for the last couple of weeks), I keep having these random moments of “Oh Sh*t! I still have to [fill in the blank] before the baby comes!” While the hubbs is a great for taking direction/manual labor, he is little-to-no help in terms of planning baby-prep. (I don’t even think he knows that clothing needs to be pre-washed, bottles need to be sterilized, etc.).
So, without further adieu, I give you my Ultimate Baby Checklist! I know quite a few ladies out there that might be referencing this soon!
- Purchase & assemble all necessary furniture/baby gear items (crib, bassinet, changing station, swing, etc.)
- Purchase & wash infant clothing/towels/blankets/sheets, etc.
- Stock up your changing station(s): diapers, wipes, Vaseline, pee-pee teepees , etc.
- Set up any baby sleeping area/feeding station, etc. in your bedroom
- Set up & charge baby monitors
- Pack baby clothing for hospital bag
- Install infant car seat in car(s)
- Wash and sterilize any feeding/breastfeeding items (i.e. bottles, pump parts, etc.)
- Determine which pediatrician you will using
- Make sure you have batteries on hand for all of those miscellaneous items (noise machine, swing, pump, etc.)
- If you are planning on bottle feeding, stock up on formula
- Schedule/book a newborn photo session
- Pack your hospital bag
- Stock up on “post delivery essentials” (i.e. granny panties, ginormous pads, nursing pads, Motrin, stool softener, hemorrhoid creme [just keepin' it real, folks!], etc.
- If you working, have an exit plan in place
- Purchase some nursing gear (sleeping bras, nursing bras/tanks), and make sure those button-down shirts are clean and ready to go!
- Make sure to pamper yourself a bit
- Take any birthing/infant care classes, or make sure you have read a few books
- Fill out/submit those hospital per-registration forms
- Prepare your birthing plan
For Siblings (if applicable):
- Have childcare on call or in place for when you are in labor or at the hospital
- Have important numbers/hospital info on hand for aforementioned childcare
- Have a “Sibling gift” for the new baby to give your older child/children and vice versa
- Have a couple of goodies on hand to keep your child/children distracted and feeling special (i.e. new toy, outing planned with aunt/grandparent/family friend, etc.) for when the new baby comes home (post on this forthcoming!)
- Stock up on a few of your child/children’s favorite meals/snacks for while you are in the hospital
- Have your pantry/freezer stocked with some easy and/or pre-made meals (click here for a great [kid-tested] freezer-friendly soup recipe)
- Make sure you house is clean and the guest linens have been laundered (in my dream world, I would have assistance with cleaning booked for the first few weeks post-delivery)
- Try to stay on top of the laundry, so everyone in your family is clothed those first few days at home while you are settling in to your new routine
- Arrange for pet care while you are in the hospital (if need be)
- Have thank-you notes on hand
- Stock up on bevies and snacks for guests or helpers (in the case of my family, makes sure plenty of Diet Coke is on hand!)
- Be sure those cameras are charged!
- Make sure to have some celebratory drinks (BOOZE) on hand for when you arrive home
Finally, make sure you get plenty of rest while you can!
That about sums up my list- though I am sure my severe case of pregnancy brain is making me forget few things. Anything to add?