During the third trimester, in the last leg of your pregnancy, you need to start preparing for baby’s arrival. Once your baby is born, you will have little time to organize things. So it’s best to be prepared well in advance. Listed below are items that you should gather before you welcome your baby home.
- Nursery items - The nursery should be ready within four to six weeks before baby’s arrival. Don’t leave everything to the last minute as you never know when your baby might decide that it’s time to pop out. The most basic things that you will need here are an approved baby crib and mattress, crib sheets, a changing station, a rocker, a baby monitor and black-out curtains. For sleep time, sleep sacks andbaby swaddles are the most comfortable and safe.
- Basic baby supplies - Stock up on newborn and size 1 diapers or cloth diapers if you are planning on using them. Also purchase some fragrance-free baby wipes, diaper rash cream, Vaseline or petroleum jelly, cotton cloth for wiping, burp cloths, and bibs. You will also need a bunch ofbaby pacifiers, holder and clips.
- Nursing supplies - Whether you are planning on breastfeeding or formula feeding, you will need to have some basic nursing supplies. Investing in a good breast pump is a good idea, as most moms who breastfeed also like to pump in-between nursing sessions. Get some good quality feeding bottles, a bottle brush, nursing bras, a nursing pillow, milk storage containers, formula, and disposable or washable breast pads. You can also get some lotion for sore nipples just in case you need it.
- Baby garments - The most basic garment that a baby will wear initially are onesies or bodysuits. These are most comfortable for a baby and it’s easy to put them on. Get some long-sleeved ones and some with short sleeves in newborn and bigger sizes. Also get some sleepers (the one’s with the zippers) to wear over the bodysuit. Other than this you will need baby hats, mittens, socks or booties, nightgowns, pants, and cardigans or jackets if baby will be born in winter.
- Bath supplies - Get your baby a plastic tub, soft washcloths (for washing baby’s body), a baby cleanser or baby soap, a soft hair brush, baby lotion, and hooded towels. Always use approved baby products that are fragrance-free as far as possible. Scented products may cause irritation to a baby’s sensitive skin.
- Other necessities - You will surely need an approved car seat for traveling, a stroller (preferably one that reclines), nail clippers or file, baby thermometer, medicine spoon or dropper, and medicine for baby (in case of fever). For yourself get comfortablenursing tops and postpartum flowydresses that are stylish yet convenient.
- Hospital bag - Your hospital bag should contain items that you and baby will need in the hospital after the delivery. Essentials are diapers, wipes, onesies, formula, bottles and washcloths for baby. And you can take a few comfortable clothes, nursing bras, moisturizer, shampoo and other essentials for yourself.
- Prenatal class - Taking a prenatal class is very beneficial, especially if you are a first-time mom. Here you will learn what to expect during delivery, how to cope with contractions and labor pain. You will also be educated on how to bath your baby, on swaddling, changing diapers and so on.
- Frozen food - Stock up your fridge with frozen foods (that are easy to warm up later on) before your baby arrives. Once your baby is born, you will be left with little time to prepare meals. A good tip to keep in mind is to double the quantity that you cook now, so that you can freeze half for later on.
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