In the weeks leading up to the birth of your new baby, the urge to nest can be undeniably strong and overwhelming to say the least. But as a new mom, it can be challenging to know the right things to do that will have the best impact later when it counts!
1. Enjoy this time. As odd as it may seem to stop and enjoy this time of your pregnancy at the height of anticipation and preparation, this is the most important. If you're a first time mom, it is especially important as your life will never be this quiet and carefree again (okay maybe not ever, but it'll be a while!) Enjoy those easy trips to Target and Starbucks, enjoy sleep and try to relax as much as you can. Those are things you will regret after baby comes if you don't do them now, trust me!
2. Catch up on house chores. As your due date approaches, make more of an effort to stay on top of laundry, dishes, and keeping your fridge stocked with healthy meals and snacks. This is something you won't have much time for (let alone feel like doing) when baby comes. Keep plenty of water in the house and if you're feeling up to it, start cooking large meals that can be stored in the fridge or freezer and reheated. Nothing beats having a home cooked meal when you're averaging 4 hours of sleep a night.
3. Check your baby list. Make a list of baby items you absolutely need to have before bringing home baby. Try and be realistic about this as some items can be purchased after your little one arrives. Stock up on items such as diapers and wipes; you'll be surprised how many diapers one little human can use in 24 hours! Also, keep other essentials such as swaddles, burp cloths, bottles and a few onesies on hand.
4. Pack your hospital bag. I know what you're thinking, what do I need to pack to have a baby?! Hospitals can get cold, so bring a few pairs of socks. To make you feel more comfortable in the hours leading up to labor, you can bring along magazines, a book, music, or a pillow. Don't forget your toiletries, some comfy clothes and a going home outfit (or two) for baby!
5. Find support. Stepping into motherhood, whether for the first time or the third time is coupled with it's own set of challenges. It's so important to establish your support system early on to help you through that post partum time and beyond. Having a solid group of people you can depend on is essential to being a happy mom. Look to a friend, neighbor, doula, or family member for advice and support with your new role. After all, it takes a village.