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The month before your baby arrives is exciting and busy. You are anxiously awaiting your child’s arrival. At the same time, you are ready to be done with pregnancy. Aches, pains, and acid reflux rule your life. Don’t wish away your pregnancy yet! There are plenty of things you should do during that final month of pregnancy. Here are my tips choices.
- Get a Massage
Prenatal massages are a lovely investment. All mothers need to invest in themselves. The last month is full of aches and pains. Your back is sore, and your hips ache. A prenatal massage can reduce some of these pains, at least for the time being. Top it off by getting a pedicure or manicure!
- Install the Car Seat
Early term pregnancy starts at 37 weeks. While you don’t want to deliver at 37 weeks because you want your baby to have more time to develop, it is wise to have your car seat installed by 37 weeks. That way, it is ready for your baby, and you don’t have to worry about it beforehand. Remember, a nurse must see an installed car seat because you can leave the hospital with your baby.
- Go on a Date with Your Partner
The first weeks after your have a new baby are busy. Chances are you won’t have time to sneak away with your partner, especially if you have more than one child. Instead, book a date day with your partner before the baby comes. Spend entire day or weekend together, if possible. You don’t have to make extensive plans. Do some light sightseeing and relax together.
- Wash Baby Clothes
There is no telling what is on the baby clothes you have ready. Most pediatricians tell you to wash all of your baby’s clothing in baby-approved laundry detergent before he or she arrives. Plus, the smell of baby detergent is lovely. Make sure you don’t forget to wash crib sheets and blankets.
- Make Freezer Meals
If there was one thing I am glad I did before my babies arrived, it is making freezer meals. No one wants to cook dinners the first week or two after you have a baby. You might not even want to make breakfast! However, proper nutrition is required to heal properly, especially if you are a breastfeeding mother.
You should make a few frozen casseroles and slow cooker dump meals. Make breakfast burritos and pancakes. Our family loved to have banana bread and muffins frozen. You can even make smoothie bags, with all of the ingredients you like portioned out, aside from yogurt. The options are endless, but it is a huge help!
- Finalize a Plan for Your Other Kids
Parents with other kids need to make a plan for their children for labor and delivery. Chances are you also need someone who will keep your child overnight. It is best to set all of this up ahead of time. Find someone willing to be on-call and take your children when the time arrives.
- Pack Your Hospital Bag
Another thing you should complete by 37 weeks is a packed hospital bag. You want to have items for you, the baby and your spouse ready to go. Some items to consider are:
- Phone charger
- A pillow
- Nursing bras and tanks
- Comfortable clothing such as leggings or a nightgown
- Slippers or thick socks
- 2 to 4 sleepers or outfits for baby
- A hat
- Blanket or two
- A nursing pillow
- Toiletries for your spouse
- An outfit for your spouse
- Pick a pediatrician
Talk to your local mom friends and select one or two pediatricians to interview. You want to find one that aligns with your parenting style and choices. If breastfeeding is important, you want a pediatrician well-versed in breastfeeding. Most pediatricians are open to interviews with prospective parents.
- Prepare to Breastfeed
If you want to breastfeed, now is the time to connect with a lactation consultant who is willing to come to the hospital. Most LCs will also make house calls and work to ensure you are doing the best you can to feed your baby. Pick up a book or two on breastfeeding as well!
Check with your insurance to see if you can receive a breast pump for free. Most insurance companies offer this benefit, so be sure to call. It can save you hundreds of dollars. Typically, you order a week before your due date or a week before your scheduled induction or c-section.
- Find a Newborn Photographer
Most photographers need to be booked ahead of time. If you just decided you want newborn photography, don’t wait too long! Photographers tend to book up each month quickly, so get your spot held.
- Buy All the Final Items
You want to feel prepared when baby arrives. Parents like to have all the necessary items ready to go by the time baby makes his arrival. Make sure you have several packs of diapers on hand. If you are using cloth diapers, make sure they are washed and ready to go. Have clothing ready, a crib set up, and all of the baby gear prepared. You want to have some bathing supplies ready as well.