Preparing For Your New Baby

Posted on 22 May 2016

If you are expecting a new baby you have probably already been preparing for your little one for quite some time. Packing for the hospital and preparing your home for the new baby are the most important things you can do to make your transition from the hospital back home smoother. Here are some preparation tips that I found the most helpful before the birth of my daughter.

Pack for the Hospital Use the checklist below as a guide when you pack your bags for your hospital stay. A checklist will ensure that you do not forget to bring something important to the hospital. Before you pack, check with the hospital to see what is provided to you to avoid over packing.

For Mommy: Socks Pajamas (a gown should be provided to you in the hospital but your own pajamas will make you feel more at home and comfortable) Maternity clothes to go home in (your tummy doesn't magically disappear after delivery-maternity clothes will be the most comfortable to travel home in) Books/magazines Contacts/Glasses Contact case/cleaning solution Toothbrush/toothpaste Shampoo/conditioner Hair brush and styling products Make up (for those after delivery visitors)

Labor supplies (massage items, aromatherapy candles-whatever you plan on using to make your delivery easier) Purse/wallet Sanitary pads Birthing Plan Any hospital paperwork required for check in.

For Daddy: Games Books/Magazines Camera/Camcorder Change of clothes Pajamas Cell phone (or change for pay phones) Wallet

For Baby: Typically the hospital will provide you with diapers, wipes, clothes for the new baby. However, it is always a good idea to be over prepared rather than under prepared. Here are some suggestions: Coming home outfit Diapers (usually newborns will comfortably fit into preemie diapers for the first week or two after birth) Wipes Blankets (thickness should depend on the weather) Hand sanitizer (for visitors) Also, be sure to have the baby's car seat secured in your vehicle. The hospital will not release you and your baby unless you have a car seat properly installed.

Prepare Meals in Advance The best advice I received prior to having my daughter was to make sure that I had plenty of easy meals ready to go once we brought her home from the hospital. The easiest way to stock up on ready to serve meals is to over cook when preparing dinner before the baby is born and then freeze the leftovers. If you can find the time, spend a whole day cooking meals to freeze.

If you would like recipes that you can use, check out free printable recipes at The Craft Cafe (www.recipes.thecraftcafe.com). There you will find recipes for lasagna, meatballs, mushroom barley soup and many other recipes that are perfect to freeze for a later time.

Clean/Prep Nursery To ensure that your baby has a clean and healthy environment. Take a weekend to thoroughly clean your house. Be sure to dust furniture, sanitize toys, clean the bathroom, vacuum, organize and perform any other cleaning that you will not have time to do once the baby arrives. 

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