So you’re an expecting parent…
Congratulations! As you know there are many things to take care of before your gorgeous baby can make his/her way into this world.
That’s why we’ve created a simple, yet efficient checklist, to help you make sure you’re prepared for your baby’s arrival.
1. Know the baby basics
It’s important to know what to expect before and after giving birth. Childbirth classes can help you here as there’s a lot more to holding, feeding and changing babies than meets the eye. Learning these basics before your bundle of joy arrives will also help you as a new mother or father ease into parenthood, and avoid unnecessary stress. Find pregnacy books on OLX >>
2. Setting up the nursery
There’s definitely a lot to think about when putting together a nursery. It’s important to keep safety and practicality in mind. So make sure all painting or wallpapering is finished at least one month before the baby is expected, and that the room is well aerated. You’ll also want to take note of where light enters the room when placing the furniture, as you don’t want direct sunlight hitting your baby’s crib.
Remember to do a final crib check. Make sure that all screws are in tightly and there’s no place for the baby to injure his/herself. Don’t forget, although they may look good, comforters and pillows must be out of the crib. They could harm the baby. When adding storage space, the more the merrier, trust us, almost all parents underestimate the amount of stuff they’ll acquire. Find nursery necessities on OLX >>
3. Hospital bag for you and baby
Remember to prepare one bag for mom-to-be and one bag for baby. It’s best if you pack the bags for the hospital stay when the pregnancy is 32 weeks along – keeping in mind pregnancies are typically 40 weeks.
Important items to include in your bag:
- insurance information,
- hospital forms,
- birth plan,
- change of clothes for you and baby,
- toiletries (remember, travel-sized products are your friends),
- cell phone and charger,
- baby blanket …
This is a basic checklist but it doesn’t hurt to look at the other hospital checklists online to make sure you have everything you need. After all, every pregnancy is different.
4. Get prepared
Before your due date, it’s a good idea to stock your fridge with delicious, nutritious products and pre-cooked meals. It’s also a good idea to have the house cleaned before you go into labour, or while you’re at the hospital so that the environment is less stressful when you return home. And let’s be honest, when bringing home a baby for the first day, who has time to clean! Find cleaning services on OLX >>
5. Install the car seat, wash crib sheets and baby clothes
Once you go into labour, both you and your partner will be too nervous to read step-by-step instructions carefully, let alone be able to think clearly enough to know that the car seat is installed correctly. Rather do it early.
It’s also a good idea to wash swaddles, crib sheets, blankets and any other items that’ll come in contact with the baby’s skin before he or she wears them. We suggest preparing at least a week’s worth of clothing so it’s one less thing to worry about while recovering from childbirth. Find car seats and cribs on OLX >>