You’ve reached the homestretch! In the next three months you will be the proud mother of a brand new baby. You will encounter a lot of commotion during the next few months as you prepare for the wonderful new addition to your family. You can use this pregnancy checklist to make sure that you are ready for the big day.
How to Create a Baby Safe Environment
Baby proof your house. It may seem early, but this is a perfect time to make sure that your house is safe for your baby. Important baby proofing items include:
- Outlet covers
- Door knob locks
- Toilet lid locks
- Baby gate (to prevent them from entering dangerous areas such as stairs)
- Cabinet locks
- Window blind cord wind-ups
- Baby monitor
Install a car seat. Even if you purchase the top car seat on the market, it will not work properly unless installed correctly. You can go to the National Highway Traffic Administration website to find a car seat inspection station near you.
Prepare your baby’s first aid kit. You will always want to call your doctor right away if your baby is sick or hurt, but it is still important to have some essential first aid supplies on hand:
- Baby Thermometer
- Bulb Syringe
- Cotton Balls
- Medicine Dropper (with spoon measurements)
- Baby gas drops
- Saline nasal drops
- Any antibiotic cream and infant acetaminophen that your doctor recommends
Preparing Yourself for the Baby
Update your birth plan. If you have not created a birth plan yet, this is a good time to do so. A birth plan will outline everything that you want during your delivery, so you can make all the big decisions before you are in labor. Here is a link to a birth plan form created by TheBump.com: Birth plan.
Pack your hospital bag. It is a good idea to do this early so that you are prepared whenever your baby decides to come. The next few weeks are going to go by quickly so it is important that you make yourself as prepared as possible. Here are some hospital bag essentials:
- Insurance info, hospital forms, and birth plan
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, soap, etc.)
- Maternity bras
- Non perishable snacks
- Phone charger
- Comfortable nightgown you don’t mind getting ruined
- Comfortable going home outfit
- Warm non-slip socks
Stock up on food for yourself. After your baby is born it is just as important to keep yourself healthy as your baby. With all the chaos of a newborn it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. By making a few meals for yourself before you go into labor, it will ensure that you have food for the first few days when you get home from the hospital. While preparing for your baby don’t forget about yourself.
Your third trimester is full of excitement and anxiousness as you await the arrival of your new bundle of joy. The time will fly by, so it is important that you try and complete everything on your to-do list early. As it gets closer to your delivery date, you should schedule weekly appointments with your obstetrician. If you have any questions or are in need an OB/GYN contact Contemporary Women’s Care.
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