Pregnancy - and giving birth - is a true miracle. And even though 9 months seem like too long a time to wait for your bundle of joy to arrive, this time can escape you and, before you know it, it’s almost time to welcome your baby and there’s still so much to prepare for. So today we wanted to share with all the soon-to-be mommies and daddies out there some tips which will make the arrival of your baby much smoother for both of you.
Make freezer meals
Taking care of a baby, especially a newborn, is a full time job. If there’s no one helping you do the cooking around the house, you should definitely make freezer meals. This will only take a day or two of cooking, and will help you immensely during those days when you don’t have any time to whip something up and need something quick to eat in between breastfeeds and nappy changes.
Cherish “couple” time
This is the last time it’ll be just the two of you before the baby arrives. Cherish that time together, go on dates, cook each other dinner or just put time on the side to spend together, because once the baby comes, it’ll be difficult to manage your time together as a couple and not just parents.
Clear out your storage spaces
Babies might be small, but they need a lot of gear. From bottles and sterilizers to pacifiers and nappies, and everything in-between, you do not only have to think about buying these essentials, but also about where to store them. So whenever you have free time, go through your cabinets and take out the things you’ve been storing for ages but haven’t been using, in order to make space for the essentials you won’t be able to live without for the next couple of years.
One hospital bag is not enough
During the last stretch, it’s time for you to think about the bag you’re going to bring to the hospital. For extra good measure, you should pack two: One for the mommy and the other for the baby. The first should include a change of clothes, a going-home outfit, flip-flops, nursing bras, extra undies, toiletries and sanitary pads (a necessity after giving birth), to name a few. Baby’s should include pajamas, a blanket, nappies, burp rags, and of course the baby car seat. If you aren’t breastfeeding, you should also include a bottle and formula.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
When it comes to babies, it takes a village. So don’t be afraid to ask for help from your family or friends, and don’t hesitate to accept when it is being offered to you, whether that’s before or after giving birth. As a couple, you also need to be able to rely on each other for midnight nappy changes and crisis management: Working as a team will help you manage your time and tackle this new chapter in your life head-on.
Knowledge is power
Just like reading about the different symptoms of pregnancy, reading about what happens after giving birth can help you anticipate what’s going to happen and prepare yourself, and your home, accordingly. Read books, blogs or whatever you prefer to try and know more about the journey you are about to embark.
We recommend you: What to Expect When You're Expecting (America's bestselling pregnancy and parenting books).
At the end of the day, nothing can really prepare you for what you’re about to experience. But these steps will surely help you ease the transition, whether it’s psychologically or logistically, from pregnancy to birth. In the meantime, you can check out our website for any baby-related essential you need to get your hands on before the big day. And for all you first-time parents out there, good luck! This will be one hell of a ride.