Prep for New Baby: Checklist

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by cbishop on January 13, 2011

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Having a baby is exciting, but it’s also a time in life when you really want to be prepared. That’s a good idea for you, and also for the baby. Of course, if this is your first child you might be a little bit unsure about what you should have, how much you need of certain things, and other issues. You don’t want to buy a lot of things you don’t need, but you don’t want to have to go shopping again when the baby is just a few days old. You’re going to want to rest and relax and enjoy your baby, and you’re going to need time to recuperate. Here’s a checklist of a few things you definitely want to have.

First Trimester

  • You’ll want to read up on what you should be expecting, so you can enjoy the changes in your body and be aware of anything that might be a problem.
  • You’ll also want to look for a doctor and a hospital at that time, so you have a little while to find the ones you like best and want to use for your pregnancy care and delivery.
  • If you smoke or drink, it’s time to stop when you find out you’re pregnant.
  • You should also cut back on your caffeine intake and start eating better so you can give your baby the best possible chance at having a healthy start in life.
  • If you want to, you can also connect with other women who are in their first trimester so you’ll have a support group, and you should consider starting a pregnancy journal.

Second Trimester

  • You’ll find that you’re much more aware of being pregnant. Your body will start to change a lot more, and you might find that you can’t do things in the same way you used to. Your stomach will expand, and your breasts will often get larger, as well.
  • You should also start to prepare the nursery, arrange your maternity leave, and discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Third Trimester

  • You should learn about the signs of premature labor, just in case.
  • You’ll also find that you have to rest more because of backaches and general tiredness.
  • You’ll need to see your doctor more regularly as you get closer to your due date, and there will be tests you may need to make sure your baby is healthy.
  • Developing your birthing plan and finishing up the nursery should be priority. You can also purchase other products like a stroller and car seat with any left over funds.
  • As your date nears, pack a bag and plan a route to the hospital, too, so you’re ready to head out the door when you go into labor.

    Make sure you have a good pregnancy calculator so you can be pretty sure of your due date. That way you can have everything ready before hand. It’s much easier that way, and you’ll be glad for all your preparation when you bring home your new bundle of joy and have everything you need to take care of your baby.

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