7 Things You Should Do BEFORE Baby Arrives

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There are a million things we're told to make sure we get done before the baby arrives. The list seems endless and it always seem to revolve around two things: getting as much sleep as you can now and making sure all the things you need for baby are washed, put together, and ready. But, the to-do list never seems to end and so it can be hard to know where to put your focus — especially when you're pressed for time.

During my first pregnancy, I paid close attention to all those “should get done” lists and tried my hardest to check off all the items on the to-do list. I, like every other expecting parent, was pressed for time and pushed hard to make sure all the clothes were neatly folded, my freezer was full of meals to reheat later, and made time for sleep where I could.

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What I found after I gave birth and had a baby in the house surprised me. There were things I didn't do before the baby was born that would have been more useful than the “sleep now” advice or making sure their room is totally ready and I hadn't seen them on the typical lists. Items that would have been far more practical than the idea that you can stock up on sleep for later when you're deprived — these listed items will have you thrilled you checked them off before the baby arrived.

Revise your will:

It's one of those things we always have on our to-do list and one we tend to put off. This time, make sure you get it done before the baby comes to reflect the new changes and responsibility in your life.

Scrub your bathtub:

May seem like a strange thing to put on your to-do list, but if you enjoy soaking in the tub, you'll want to make sure you give it a great big scrub before hand. Maybe enlist the help of your partner to get those hard-to-reach places in the tub, but having it done before your baby arrives will leave it perfect for when you're looking for a warm epsom salt soak after birth.

Choose your birth announcements:

You won't know the details ahead of time obviously, but even if you just narrow down which announcements you will like to order will help cut down on the time. You don't want this to be a chore you're dreading after the baby is born when you have so many new responsibilities, so you'll be happy it's at least partly done.

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Go on a mini-vacation with your partner:

Important so when you're both up for the third week in a row at 4 in the morning with your colicky newborn and you're cranky and crabby with each other — you'll have something positive to remember and hopefully some romantic moments to hold you through those tense moments.

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Indulge your craving:

So, you're craving a fudge cake with extra fudge icing, but you're worried about eating too many sweets — just go eat it. When you're not pregnant anymore and you're still craving the chocolate you'll wish you indulged when you had a great excuse: “the baby wanted it”.


Take your older kids out on a solo date:

It doesn't matter how old your older child is, the moment your new baby is home your oldest will seem so much littler. The tears will start flowing and you'll wonder where all that time with them went — it's a little bit of the hormones and bit of the tired, but either way, having some extra love time with your oldest kids, a solo date with each of them, will do both of you some good.

Get your brows waxed:

I don't know if you're like me, but if you are — your manicured brows always help you feel more put together and look less tired, even when you're running on no sleep. I did this before I had my 4th child — something I neglected to do with my older kids and I was so pleased I did.

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7 Things You Should Do BEFORE Baby Arrives

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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  1. Nadia says:

    There’s no such thing as “manicured eyebrows”. A manicure is exclusively a hand treatment and that’s why is called “mani”cure.

  2. tierra says:

    The mini vacation sounds nice I should start planning one now and I always take my kids on dates but they are more into the new baby that they wanna pass the night up just to be there for the baby

  3. Loren says:

    I am proud of myself, because I have picked out my announcements AND chosen those 1 month, 2 months, etc. stickers they make for baby’s clothes! That’s thinking ahead for me! Now if I could just get that crib together…

  4. Leah says:

    Love the Scrub your Tub, even being pregnant, I find myself too tired to clean it and so I never take baths to relax even though they sound SO nice….

  5. mommy nhoj says:

    Great list! The “will” thing is something we haven’t discussed up to now. It would be great to have a neat eyebrows during the D day! My husband keeps asking me to clean up my brows. I am so afraid to do the thredding or wax!


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