1. Register for prenatal classes.
Prenatal classes provide expectant parents with information on topics such as labor and delivery, postpartum care, and baby care. The classes also offer an opportunity for parents to ask questions and meet other parents-to-be.
2. Order a crib.
A crib is a necessity for a newborn baby. Be sure to order the crib well in advance of the baby's arrival, as it may take some time for it to be delivered.
3. Stock up on diapers and other supplies.
Diapers, baby wipes, and other supplies can run out quickly after the baby is born. It is helpful to have a stockpile of these items before the baby arrives.
4. Clean the house and baby's room.
The weeks leading up to the birth of a baby can be busy, so it is helpful to have everything clean and organized ahead of time. Cleaning the house and baby's room can be a big task, but it is well worth it once the baby arrives.
5. Purchase baby clothes and gear.
Newborn babies grow quickly, so it is necessary to purchase some new clothes and gear in advance of the baby's arrival. Be sure to buy clothes that are comfortable and easy to wear.
6. Plan your childbirth class schedule.
Childbirth classes provide information on labor and delivery techniques, pain management methods, and postpartum care. It is important to plan out your class schedule well in advance of the baby's arrival.
7. Create a birth plan.
A birth plan outlines what you would like to happen during labor and delivery, such as whether you want an epidural or to breastfeed immediately after giving birth. It is helpful to create a birth plan early on in your pregnancy so that you can discuss it with your doctor or midwife.
8. Make arrangements for childcare.
If you will need someone to watch your older children while you are in the hospital having the baby, it is important to make arrangements for childcare well in advance of the birth date.
9. Pack your hospital bag.
Your hospital bag should include items such as pajamas, toiletries, snacks, and a change of clothes for both you and your partner. It is helpful to pack your bag a few weeks before your due date so that you are not scrambling to do it at the last minute.