Emotionally, physically and mentally preparing for a baby’s arrival is exciting, but of course overwhelming at the same time.
If you’ve seen the movie What to Expect When You're Expecting, then you’ll know that everyone copes differently and there is no right or wrong.
However, to make your transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible, we have 10 simple tips that apply to any expecting mum.
We’re sure you’ll feel more relaxed after ticking this list off.
Before the birth
Tip #1: Baby’s room is ready
None of us like a disorganised bedroom and same goes for your baby. Ensure you have enough bedding, sheets and a mattress protector. Do a test run with the baby monitor a safety check all electrical cords and smoke alarms in the room and the house. Choose whether you’re going to go with biodegradable nappies or re-usable ones and have a disposing system that’s efficient and eco-friendly.
Tip #2: Get the wheels moving
Train yourself up to be ready to use a stroller, baby car seat, baby carrier and baby wrap. It might feel silly at first, but will be less stressful when you do those quick trips to get your morning coffee or go to the shops.
Tip #3: Groceries are done and your kitchen cupboards are packed
Do a big grocery shop or if resting on the couch sounds more tempting, order online from your supermarket or your local grocer and get it delivered. Stock up on pantry staples and nutritional snacks you can easily grab or cook up when you feel hungry.
Tip #4: Your baby’s wardrobe is ready
Make sure bub’s clothes are neatly organised and compartmentalised for quick and easy changes. Have plenty of soft and breathable base layers including baby singlets and bodysuits. Onesies are your best option to use as both pyjamas and for everyday wear, especially for the first few months. Our range of eco baby bamboo wear is thermo-regulating and hypoallergenic so baby feels comfortable.
Swaddling baby in a stretchy wrap will help your bub feel secure and fall asleep faster.
During your stay at the hospital
Tip #5: Stock up
Ask Dad for a helpful hand by filling up the fridge and freezer for a week with fresh produce and lots of fruit and vegetables. You’re going to need as much nutritional energy as possible when you’re feeding and running on less sleep.
Tip #6: Your house is clean and tidy for the arrival of baby and Mum
As a one off, hire a cleaner or super helpful family member to come in and do a thorough house clean. Everything from dusting, vacuuming, mopping and completing one last check on the nursery.
Once at home
Tip #7: Limit visits
Your phone will more than likely be beeping constantly with messages from family and friends who will want to visit. Send a message before the baby is born to all family and friends asking them to keep in mind the first few weeks will be busy and you will contact them when you’re ready for visits. If you have certain people that are extremely helpful and will want to cook and clean for you so you can spend more time with the baby, they’re the kind of people you will want around more often.
It’s also a good idea to spread out visits, set a time-frame and notify people before they come over. Kindly suggest something like ‘2pm would be a great time to pop in before the baby goes to sleep at 3pm’. This way you’re not awkwardly asking people to leave.
Tip #8: Ask for some help to your friends and family
Some family and friends will want to dive straight in and help you - let them. Others will step back and wait for you to ask for their help, so don’t be afraid to speak up.
Anything from laundry, cooking, running to the shops, cleaning, looking after other siblings or simply just being there for you to have a chat. Remember, that’s what family and friends are for.
Tip #9: When baby sleeps, Mum and Dad sleep too
Sleep is just as necessary for you and Dad as it is for the baby. Get the adequate rest you need so your bonding time is more special as a family. This is a handy excuse for when you need to visitors to leave as well.
Tip #10: Plan for a visit from a midwife
Book a visit from a midwife so they can assist you in the comfort and familiarity of your home. This enables you to ask any questions, have both you and bub checked up on for any medical symptoms and practise sleeping and eating techniques.
When the baby cries, don’t panic. Adopt this quick checklist:
Whether it’s your first time or fourth time, follow your instincts and remember - you’ve got this. For any last minute super soft and eco-friendly baby clothes, shop our bamboo babywear collection.