1. Baby's nursery setup:
Create a comfortable and safe space for your baby to sleep and play in. Include a crib or bassinet, changing table, and baby-proofed outlets and sharp corners.
2. Hospital bag essentials:
Pack your bag with items like clothing for you and the baby, toiletries, important documents, and snacks to keep you energized during labor.
3. Baby clothes and blankets:
Stock up on onesies, sleepers, and receiving blankets. Make sure they're clean and ready to use.
4. Feeding supplies:
If you plan to breastfeed, invest in a breast pump, nursing bras, and nursing pads. For formula feeding, have bottles, formula, and sterilizing equipment.
5. Diapering essentials:
Stock up on diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, and a diaper bag for outings.
6. Car seat installation:
Install the car seat in your vehicle well before your due date. Ensure it's securely fastened and meets safety standards.
7. Postpartum care items:
Don't forget items like maternity pads, comfortable clothing, and any medications or postpartum care products recommended by your healthcare provider.
8. Emergency contact list:
Compile a list of important phone numbers, including your healthcare provider, the hospital, and close family or friends who may need to be notified.
9. Birth plan:
Discuss your birth plan with your healthcare provider and make sure it's documented and communicated to the hospital staff.
10. Support system arrangements:
Coordinate with family and friends who will be assisting you during and after childbirth. Ensure they are aware of their roles and responsibilities.