Bringing baby home from the hospital is a great feeling but it can also be scary. You just gave birth to this little human and now they expect you to take care of it all on your own?!
Don’t worry, you’ve got this! Also, a little prep work before baby arrives can make that transition home just a little bit easier.
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What needs to be done before baby arrives?
It’s best to get your home set up and ready for baby before you go into labor. This means that when you come home, your home is ready and you don’t have to do 50 things while also trying to care for a newborn.
What do you need for a newborn baby?
1 . Clothing
Make sure you have onesies and sleepers ready in newborn size. This is what your baby is going to live in for the first few weeks at least.
2 . Sleep necessities
Make sure you have swaddles, sleepers, a sound machine, blackout curtains, etc. You want your home to be ready so that baby can get their best sleep so that in turn you can get your best sleep.
3 . Devices
If you are planning on using a swing or bouncer make sure that it is set up ahead of time. We received a baby item (now recalled so not naming it) and we swore we wouldn’t use it so we didn’t set it up.
That was a big mistake. As soon as we got home we needed somewhere to set my daughter where she wouldn’t cry so we fumbled around to get it set up quickly.
Do yourself a favor and go ahead and set things up beforehand. Even if you think you might not use it, you probably will so go ahead and get it ready.
4 . Set up your room
Odd are baby will be sleeping in your room for the first little bit. Go ahead and have your room set up.
Bring the changing pad into your room and set up a changing station with diapers, wipes, and extra clothes and blankets. Bring the diaper pail into your room too.
Make sure the bassinet is set up and ready to go as well. These are just fewer things you have to worry about once you bring baby home.
5 . Feeding station
Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, it’s best to go ahead and set up your feeding station.
Grab a little caddy and put all your necessities in it. This might be breast pads, nipple cream, bottles, supplements or anything you might need at this time.
Also, go ahead and make a washing/drying station in your kitchen for washing bottles or pump parts.
When I was pumping for my daughter I had a place in my living room where my pump lived. I kept my pumping bra, my supplements, water, and my phone charger there because I knew I would be spending a lot of time there.
6 . Postpartum station
This is most likely going to be in your bathroom or bedroom. I’ve heard a lot of people use carts like this for their supplies and baby’s supplies and it’s a great idea.
This station might consist of pads, adult diapers, perineal spray, a peri bottle, etc. Anything you might need to help you heal, put it all in one spot for easy access.
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7 . Freezer meals, snacks, etc
One of the best things you can do while still pregnant is prep some freezer meals. Your postpartum self will thank you for it!
Prep some meals that you can easily throw in the crockpot or pop in the oven without any work. This will save you money by not eating out and it’ll save your sanity by not making you think about cooking dinner.
Also, try to make sure your house is stocked with plenty of snacks. If you are breastfeeding you are going to be hungry often so stocking up on yummy snacks can also make life easier.
No one wants to venture out to the grocery store with their newborn. Save yourself the hassle and stock up beforehand.
I know this isn’t an extensive list but honestly you don’t need a ton of things and a ton of prep work to be ready for baby.
The main thing is that you want to make sure you have everything set up where it’s functional and comfortable so that you can make life easier.
Learning to care for a newborn for the first time can be challenging so make it easier on yourself by prepping your home before baby arrives.