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There’s no better feeling than to walk through your front door with your child for the very first time. Being able to finally have some alone time with them after the hospital is something every parent longs for. Everything should be prepared and done by the time you’ve parked in your driveway, so knowing what you should do is crucial in order to have everything ready for you. Keep in mind that you’ll probably be on bed rest a couple of days before the delivery, so try to organize your family and friends to help you and your husband prepare your home.
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Nursery must be finished
Your swollen ankles will keep you off your feet during your third trimester so try to do as much as you can right until you’ve started having back pains, because these are the things that will stop you from being active. Painting the walls should be high on your list of priorities because of all the toxins in the paint. You can avoid this by opting for natural and eco-friendly paints and staying away from harmful materials and chemicals. Keep your nursery layout in sync with your home design and get this natural flow throughout the entire house. See if your friends and family have any extra baby furniture and, with a quick DIY makeover, refresh and adjust them to your needs.
Everybody says you should sleep when your baby is sleeping, but sometimes that’s not an option. When the baby is awake, it’s glued to you with all the feeding and the changing, so you won’t have time to do anything for yourself. Washing your hair, clipping your nails and doing paperwork will be impossible so asking for help is a must. If you have an older child, ask your parents to take them for a walk or spend some time with them. You can leave time-consuming chores like cooking to your friends – ask them to make you a bunch of food and just freeze it. All you need to do then is put it in the microwave and voila – the lunch is served!
Hire someone to help you clean
Babies are sensitive and their immune system is fragile so hire someone to help you keep your house clean. You can also arrange for someone to come before you arrive with the baby, but make sure it’s a couple of days before, so that all the chemicals will have time to evaporate. This is a good ground floor for smaller cleanings here and there your husband can do while you get your strength back.
Declutter your kitchen
All those gadgets you use to prepare your baby’s food, as well dirty dishes, will demand lots of space. Put away everything you won’t need and make room for the equipment and baby formula. Stock up on baby bottles and be sure you always put them in a bottle sterilizer right after you’ve finished feeding your newborn. Get them ready for the next feeding and keep them in rotation, so that you don’t always use just one. Have the nurses help you label formulas and write the additional instructions for your husband when he wants to be the one to prepare them.
Stock up everything you’ll need
Once your baby starts crying all night long, you won’t be able to run to the store every time you need something – you’ll simply be too exhausted! Be prepared, buy everything in advance and keep it close to the feeding area or changing table. Wash baby clothes and remove everything that may irritate their sensitive skin. Taking care of yourself will be the last thing on your mind, but try to nurture your own body as well. A few lotions and face masks will keep you relaxed and help you with those stretch marks every mother tries to get rid of.
Once you hit the hospital doors, it’s too late to think about what you could’ve, would’ve and should’ve done. These are the moments you need to cherish and memorize because what you are about to do is the best thing you’ll ever do. Well, until the next time you find yourself with this checklist.