Whether you are trying for a baby, or are pregnant already (btw, congratulations!), there is so much that needs to be done before your new baby arrives.
If you don’t even know where to start – do’t panic – you have nine months! We have broken down all the things you need to organise before your baby comes.
You have shit to do – let’s get cracking!
Things to do AS SOON AS you find out you are pregnant:
If you haven’t started already, start on pregnancy vitamins including Folate.
We recommend Blackmores Folate Folic Acid 500mcg Tab x 90
Start a Pregnancy Diary
Start keeping a track of how you are feeling and the progress of your baby. It also helps remind you of Doctors appointments, scans and things to do!
We love the Baby and Pregnancy Journal by Vanda Baby Cards
Current Medication Check
Check with your GP about any current medications you are taking and whether or not to stop them. Take the prescriptions with you if you are seeing a new doctor. Ensure you tell your doctor about all the vitimans and pre-pregnancy medications you are taking.
Watch What You Eat
Do not start eating for two (even when heavily pregnant, the only extra nutrients you need is about a 1/2 sandwich!). If you are starving (and pregnancy will do that to you), feast on healthy snacks such as low fat yogurt, nuts and fruit. Pregnancy is not the time to diet!
Here are a list of clean snacks under 100 calories which are great for pregnant mums-to-be to eat!
Plan how you want to announce your pregnancy (and tell people NOT to announce it until YOU have!). If you need some creative ways to announce your bundle of joy, check out this article on 15 of the Most Creative Pregnancy Announcements Ever!.
Start Stocking Up
Start stocking up on household items when they come on sale – like toilet paper, toothpaste etc. There are a few excellent deal sites that have bulk items super cheap – grab them when you see them come up!
Think About Baby Names
Start jotting down baby names you like. It’s really easy to forget an epic name at 3am in the morning when you think of it (baby brain already remember!). Here are some great baby name resources to check out:
- Classy Vintage and Old School Baby Names
- 100 Unique Unisex Baby Names
- Autumn Inspired Baby Names
- Sophisticated Baby Names for Girls
- Redneck Baby Names for the US Bogan
Track Your Pregnancy with an App
Download a good pregnancy app to keep a track of your week by week progress.
Our top 10 Pregnancy Apps include:
- What to Expect
- Wee Mail
- The Bump
- Baby Bump
- Hello Belly: Pregnancy Tracker
- Pregnancy Tracker
- I’m Expecting Pregnancy App
- Pregnancy Assistant
- Sprout Pregnancy
- Baby 2 Body
Ditch the Foods You Shouldn’t Eat
Eat well and ditch the soft cheeses, deli meats and seafood.
So See the Gyno
Make an appointment with your Gynaecologist to make sure everything is okay (your first scan is usually 8 weeks+), and you can organise your scan and blood tests.
One Per Week
Grab a large plastic container and start buying one item for baby, every pay week.
Invest in a Few Good Maternity Bra’s
Ditch all underwire bras – your boobs will hurt. Invest in some soft maternity bras (at least 3). These will get a hard work-out so buy good quality and they should hopefully last you through this pregnancy, and hopefully the next one (if you have a next one…).
Start Saving for Baby
Start putting aside some money in a separate account to save for baby and your time off work (if you work!).
Shit you need to do SIX MONTHS before your due date:
Buy Nappies in Bulk
Start buying nappies and wipes in bulk and storing them when they come on sale. Check out The Cheap Nappy Store for great deals!
Book Doctors Appointments
Book all your hospital and Doctors appointments, and place them in your new Pregnancy Journal.
Going Private? Book Your Room
Book your hospital room (if you are going Private).
Got Health Insurance?
Ensure your health insurance is up to date, and let them know you are pregnant.
You Can Find Out the Sex
Find out the sex of your baby (if you want to!).
List the Items You Want
Start putting together a list of items you want/baby for baby (in case people want to gift you them) – this is handy for when people ask! It is also particularly good for the Baby Shower too!
Plan Your Nursery
Start planning the theme of your nursery. If you don’t know the sex of the baby (or you aren’t finding out) – plan a gender neutral nursery. Great ideas for a gender neutral nursery include:
- Zoo Animals
But some large black, soft, comfy undies to wear during pregnancy (and that you can ditch afterwards). Pregnancy discharge is a real thing. You’ll thank me.
Grab Some Baby Books
Invest or Borrow in a few good Baby and Pregnancy Books.
Organise your glucose test with your gynaecologist to test for pregnancy diabetes.
Borrow or buy some maternity wear – it won’t be long until you are showing!
Plan the Pregnancy Photo Shoot
If you plan on having a pregnancy or birth photo-shoot, now’s the time to book or shop around. Plus you need the most epic pregnancy shoot outfit!
Shit to get done FOUR MONTHS before your due date:
Make the Nursery Impeccably Clean
Start cleaning out the nursery, making sure it is pristine clean.
Invest in Block Out Curtains
Look for a good set of block-out curtains for the nursery. They really help with your newborn bub’s sleep routine.
What Time Is It?
It is also a good idea to put a digital clock in the nursery that states the temperature – makes it easier to know what to dress baby in!
Layby is Not Just a Thing of the Past
Put all your large nursery items on layby or if you know you are good at sorting your finances, on an interest free card.
Labour Play List
Start putting together a Spotify list to listen to during labour.
Don’t Forget About The Family Pet
Any indoor animals should be starting to be transitioned outside or retrained.
Think About the Pram
Test drive some baby prams (make sure they will fit in your vehicle).
You Deserve a Push Present!
Think about a ‘Push Present’ and strategically place a picture on the fridge, circled in red ink.
Start thinking about your birth plan, and how you would like your birth to go. Put pen to paper and keep updating it as you approach the big day.
Start planning a Babymoon to get away with your partner before the birth.
Look at the Hospital
Book your hospital tour so you can see exactly where you have to go, and inspect the rooms to get a feel for the hospital.
Make Baby Look Pretty
Start shopping for baby clothes.
Start planning your baby shower.
Plan the Birthing Classes
Book your Birth Classes at your local hospital.
Shit to do THREE MONTHS before your due date:
Have your whooping cough booster with your local GP and ask about when to have the Flu immunisation.
Getting a 3d Scan?
Organise your 3D scan with your Doctor
Plan for Other Children During Your Hospital Stay
Plan and book a babysitter for your other children for the duration of your hospital stay.
Shit to do TWO MONTHS before your due date:
Do the ‘Once a Month Cooking’ Prep
Start cooking Loads of Extra Meals for the Freezer. Our pick: Grab a copy of ‘Once a Month Cooking’
Start Putting Nursery Furniture Together
Start setting up the cot and change-table in the nursery.
Do a Test Run
Do a test run trip to the hospital with your partner. Start taking notice of busy times etc. Have a route planned.
Put it on the Fridge
Have the Hospital, Doctor and Gyno’s phone number up on your fridge.
Buy up Useables
Start buying baby shampoo, breast pads, nipple cream, sanitary pads etc. Stock up.
Put the Anchor Points in the Car
Make sure you check your vehicle has anchor points for the baby seat.
People to Call Register
Put together a list of names of numbers of people for your partner to call when bubs arrives.
Look at a Pro Breast Pump Rental
Put your name down to hire a good breast pump (if you are going to breastfeed)
Book your pre-birth hair and waxing beauty appointments.
Get your Other Children a Gift from Baby
Organise a gift for any children you have already to make the birth special now.
Hold the Baby Practice
If your baby has older siblings, buy a life-sized doll and do some practice at holding the baby.
Order Your Labour Gown
Choose your hospital outfits. It should be soft and comfortable – and roomy!
Pre-pay Any Bills
Note down any bills that might be due when you are – see if you can pre-pay them or set up an automatic payment with your bank.
Let all your family know that they need to have a Whooping Cough Booster if they want to visit your newborn in the hospital.
Put your maternity leave plans in writing and submit them to your employer.
Think about who you would like in the birthing suite with you.
Shit to do ONE MONTH before your due date:
Pack Your Maternity Bag
Pack your Maternity Bag (ensure you pack extra phone chargers) – check out our FREE hospital bag check list
Attend all your birth classes.
Deep Clean the House
Have all your carpets, rugs and couches professionally cleaned.
Stock the Change Table
Stock the change table with nappies, wipes, baby wash etc.
Write the Birth Announcement
Start writing a birth announcement for your local paper.
Wash, Wash, Wash
Wash all of baby’s clothing and put away (where no dust can get there) in a cupboard or store in sealed plastic bags. Organise the clothing into sizes.
Put in the Baby Capsule or Car Seat
Have the baby capsule or car seat professionally installed.
Go on Your Babymoon
Go away and enjoy time on your Babymoon.
Put together all your paperwork for the hospital.
Do Not Disturb
Print and laminate a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign for your front and back doors.
Pay the deposit to your birth photographer and organise a pre-birth meeting.
Enjoy your baby shower.
Attend your hospital tour.
Waterproof Mattress Protector
Put a good-quality waterproof mattress protector on your bed (amniotic fluid won’t ever come out of a mattress!).
Shit to do TWO WEEKS before your due date:
Double Check the Maternity Bag
Pack baby’s nappy bag and double check your maternity bag is all ready to go – we also have a FREE checklist for packing your baby’s bag
Going Home Outfit
Plan a ‘Going Home Outfit’ for both you and your baby.
Loose Clothing for Post Birth
Organise some ‘In Between’ clothing for the months after birth.
Start thoroughly cleaning the house – top to bottom or even better, organise a cleaner.
Make Yourself Gorgeous (if You are into that!)
Get your hair done, lashes tinted, any waxing you want (Brazilian?), pedicure and manicures, and look and feel pretty!
Organise for a friend to buy a copy of the local paper on the day your baby is born. It is a great keepsake.
Shit to do ONE WEEK before your due date:
Have the baby’s cot all ready to go with fresh sheets. Then cover the cot with a large sheet so you don’t get dust on the sheets.
Unpack Bottles Etc
Make sure your bottle sterilisers are all unpacked and ready to go, your bottles are washed and everything is set up ready to rock n roll.
And DAYS before your due date:
Put your feet up and read a good book.
Get loads of sleep.
Let Your Body Tell You What to Do!
Let your nesting instinct kick in!