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Parenthood prep: An essential checklist for the final countdown

Is your due date almost here?

Are you expecting your first child? If so, there’s every chance that you’ve experienced a rollercoaster ride of emotions over the last few weeks. It’s natural to approach parenthood with a combination of excitement and apprehension. After all, there is no manual; and it’s often a case of learning on the jobIf you’re approaching the final countdown to your due date, here is an essential checklist to help you ensure that you’re ready for life with your new bundle of joy.

Preparing your nursery

Even though most parents choose to co-sleep with their baby for the first six months (at least), it can be incredibly useful to have your nursery set up and ready before you welcome the new addition.

Agreed, it will be a while before your baby sleeps there, but you can still use it for storing baby items like clothes, blankets, diapers, and toys etc. You can also use it as a place during daytime to change nappies, and relax with your newborn in a calm, quiet space.

When you’re decorating, you may wish to bear the gender of the baby in mind. If you’ve taken a gender prediction test or you’ve asked to find out the sex at a scan, you may know whether it’s a boy or a girl, and this can help you choose colors and themes. If you don’t know, and you’re in for a surprise, it’s best to stick to neutral shades and tones.

Think carefully about what you actually need in your nursery and don’t go overboard with furniture, especially if you have a small room.

If you’re pushed for space, make use of wall-mounted shelving units to provide storage without eating up floor space. If you’re looking for inspiration, have a look through some interior design magazines or search online. Sites like Instagram and Pinterest are excellent sources if you’re struggling to come up with ideas.

Taking it easy

The final stages of pregnancy can be exhausting. When your baby arrives, you’ll need all the strength and energy you can muster to take care of the baby and your post-partum mind and body, so do try and take things easy in the last few weeks. 

Get plenty of rest, look after yourself, and prepare yourself both mentally and physically. Many women suffer from aches and pains and find it difficult to sleep. If these symptoms sound familiar, treat yourself to a massage, rest up and invest in a pregnancy pillow.

Stocking up on essentials

Even though newborn babies are tiny, they need a lot of stuff. You don’t have to worry about buying everything, but there are certain essentials you’ll need in the first few weeks itself.

Make sure you’ve got a supply of diapers, wipes, bottles, basic vests, and sleepsuits, as well as a car seat, a pram, and a Moses basket. You’ll also need a few things to make life as a new mom easier. Invest in some nursing bras, some comfortable loungewear and a robe for your hospital stay. It’s always a good idea to have your hospital bag packed and ready a few weeks before your due date, just in case your baby is keen to make an early entrance.

In leaving

It’s exciting and difficult to wait when you’re expecting and counting down the days until you can hold your new baby in your arms. Here’s wishing you all the best and hoping that this guide will help you ensure that when the day is here, you’re ready and waiting to welcome the new arrival without stress.

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