Pregnancy Checklist: What Needs to be Done Before Baby Comes Home
Bringing home your new baby for the first time is possibly one of
the most momentous occasions in your life. It's the first time you
properly introduce your new addition into your normal life, and it's the
first home your baby is ever going to have. Before the baby is born,
it's a good idea to try to be as organised as possible in terms of
getting the house (and your life) ready to bring a child into. Sure,
you've had a baby bag packed
for months ready to go as soon as labour kicked in, but what about the
practical ins and outs of life with a newborn at home? Here's a
checklist to help you plan!
you return from the hospital you'll be in something of a daze. You
won't be able to believe that this perfect little person is the product
of your own body, and you will not get sick of staring at your baby. As a
result, things like eating, sleeping and cooking will definitely seem
inconsequential and small. Of course, you need to do these things so
it's a good idea to have some frozen meals ready to go for when you come
home--this way, you won't need to think of what to make for dinner or
getting to the grocery store (a near impossible task in the first week
This is vital for
every new mother. You need to have a list of the pediatrician's number,
the hospital, your partner's contact details and anybody else who you'll
be relying on. If you've got a friendly neighbour, put their number on
the list, because things you never even thought about before the baby
will become difficult tasks to navigate in those first weeks while
you're finding your feet. You want to have people accessible to you if
you need help, and most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for it!
Baby Equipment--Have it, And Know How to Use It!
strollers, child-seats and cots all need to be set up in advance, and
what's more--you need to feel confident in using them. Some strollers
seem to require an engineering degree to operate, so whichever model you
buy, make sure it's one you can operate with a baby in your arms!
Nursing Pads, Nursing Bra and Lanolin
A lot of mothers think all about the maternity gear but not a lot about what to wear once they've given birth, such as a nursing bra.
Getting the knack of breast feeding can be challenging--you don't need
to complicate the situation by fiddling around with difficult bras while
you're sore and holding a hungry baby!
More than any
checklist, what you need to bring with you is the knowledge that there
is help available should you need it, and that you are going to be a
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Eating Well During Pregnancy
During pregnancy you don’t have to eat mountains of food – although you may need a little extra than you would normally. The important thing is to get the right nutrition for yourself and your developing bub, and eat enough kilojoules to meet your energy requirements. As well as adequate vitamins and minerals, you may need more of a few particular nutrients – iron, folate (folic acid), and iodine.