50+ Things To Get Done at Home Before Your Baby ArrivesHow to Get Shit Done!

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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:

Pregnancy Vitamins!

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

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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!

Pregnancy Announcement

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!.

Pregnancy Announcements | Stay At Home Mum

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:

Unisex Baby Names | Stay at Home Mum

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
  • Ovia
  • 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:

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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

Black Knickers

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.

Glucose Test

Organise your glucose test with your gynaecologist to test for pregnancy diabetes.

Maternity Wear

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:

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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.

Birth Plan

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.

Babymoon Planning

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.

Baby Shower

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:

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Immunisation Schedule

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:

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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)

Ladyscape

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.

Family Immunisations

Let all your family know that they need to have a Whooping Cough Booster if they want to visit your newborn in the hospital.

Maternity Leave

Put your maternity leave plans in writing and submit them to your employer.

Birthing Partner

Think about who you would like in the birthing suite with you.

Shit to do ONE MONTH before your due date:

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Pack Your Maternity Bag

Pack your Maternity Bag (ensure you pack extra phone chargers) – check out our FREE hospital bag check list

Birth Classes

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.

Hospital Paperwork

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.

Birth Photographer

Pay the deposit to your birth photographer and organise a pre-birth meeting.

Baby Shower

Enjoy your baby shower.

Hospital Tour

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:

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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.

Nesting

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!

Keepsake Paper

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:

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Clean Sheets

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:

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Relax

Put your feet up and read a good book.

Sleep

Get loads of sleep.

Let Your Body Tell You What to Do!

Let your nesting instinct kick in!

Got anything else to add? Let us know!

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