Pregnancy may feel like the longest time in your life but before you know it, you’ll be in labor! Apart from getting your home ready to welcome the newest addition to your family, there are other important things you should focus on while you still can. Give time to yourself, your partner, other children (if you have them) and even your friends or beloved pets!
Aim to do these 3 important things before your baby arrives!
Pack your hospital bags
Experts recommend that soon-to-be-moms should have their hospital bags packed as early as 7 months. One bag for you, one for the baby and a small one for dad! There are plenty of lists you can find online about what to include in the bags. For you, a few sets of clothing and some entertainment for your hospital stay are a must. For the baby, you’ll need diapers, baby bottles and formula (if you’re not breastfeeding) and even a going home outfit among other things!
Plan a family date
If you have other children, it’s crucial that they feel that even when their new sibling arrives, they are as loved and as important as ever. A good thing to do is to go on a family date to just talk and spend some quality time together. It could be a picnic at a nearby park or a dinner at your favorite restaurant. At home, try to spend as much time with your kids before you pop. A movie night or working on an arts and crafts project together will be a lot of fun! If you have pets, spend some time with them as well!
Make dad feel special
Many dads feel a little left out during pregnancy and birth, since the mom gets the attention and pampering. The dads get tired, too and more often than not, they are as anxious and excited as you are about your baby’s arrival. Before the baby arrives, show dad your appreciation since he’s been taking over the household and doing the “heavy stuff” while you’re pregnant. A little act of sweetness can go a long way – invite him to dinner with just the two of you, buy that thing at the mall he’s been eyeing for a while or hire a sitter so he can have a night out with the boys!
It’s important to focus on yourself and your family apart from preparations before you pop – follow these important things to do before the baby comes!