Updated: Aug 17
Congratulations! You're going to have a baby soon, and you're probably feeling excited, anxious, and a little overwhelmed. I've been there too during both of my pregnancies. There is a lot to prepare, and it can feel overwhelming trying to work out what is important and what isn't. But I'm here today to help you out with some things you can do to prepare at home before baby comes.
Stock up on baby supplies: You'll need a lot of supplies once your baby arrives, so it's a good idea to stock up ahead of time. Some things that are important to buy are: Nappies, wipes, clothing, muslin wraps, bottles, and formula if you are formula feeding, and some breastfeeding supplies, such as nursing pads, if you aren't. We can help out with some of these with our new mum essentials, and baby essentials ranges.
Make a nappy caddy. In your nappy caddy, you can put all your nappies, wipes, spare clothing, and all the items you need for your newborn. You can also throw in any items that you might need for yourself, such as breast pads, and even snacks. Your nappy caddy can then be carried around with you everywhere in the house, which is super convenient, especially overnight!
Pack your nappy bag in advance - I totally recommend packing your nappy bag in advance so it's ready to go. When you are ready for your first outing with baby, remembering what to pack in your nappy bag can be a big deal. If you pack in advance, you can have it all ready to go. Check out our nappy bag essentials here.
Pack your hospital bag in advance: This one is just to take the stress off you. Getting this done earlier makes the end of your pregnancy easier. When you're exhausted and uncomfortable in the final weeks of pregnancy, it is helpful to know that your hospital bag is already packed and you have everything you need. Check out our hospital bag for mum and baby essentials.
Prepare freezer meals Cooking dinner can be a challenge when you have a new baby, so it's a good idea to prepare some freezer meals ahead of time. Casseroles, soups, and stews are all good options. You can also freeze some easy-to-heat snacks like muffins or energy balls. These are even more important if you plan to breastfeed, as you will super hungry.
Create a support network Having a baby can be overwhelming, so it's important to have a support network in place. This could be your partner, family, friends, or a postpartum doula. Make sure you have someone you can call if you need help or just need to vent. Keep a list of helpful phone numbers handy for when you need to call someone.
Get your car ready If you'll be driving your baby around, make sure your car is ready. You'll need a car seat installed and checked by a professional, and you may want to stock up on baby-friendly snacks and toys to keep your little one entertained during car rides.
Take care of yourself Preparing for a new baby can be exhausting, so make sure you're taking care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and exercise if you can. Taking care of yourself should be your number one priority at the end of your pregnancy, and also during early parenting. You cannot take care of your baby well if you aren't taking care of yourself.
The one thing I wouldn't bother with preparing before having your baby is the nursery. I know some people love preparing a beautiful space for their baby before they are born. If you enjoy this, then wonderful! Plan and prepare away! But, it is recommended that babies sleep in the room with parents for at least the first six months of life, and in my experience, having the baby close makes your life much easier having the baby close to you. And, perhaps more importantly, babies don't care whether their nursery is filled with designer items, or if it is just the practical items put in there as they are needed.
Planning and preparing for your baby is such a special time, and a time for you to first start bonding with your baby, even before they are born. Try not to stress about the little things, because babies really don't need too much to thrive, and the most important thing that they need, is you!