Preparing for the birth of your baby? Here are 25 things to do before your baby is born to help make the transition easier and help you feel ready! Great ideas for things to do in your third trimester!
I am a list person. I make grocery lists, to-do lists, lists of things I want to buy, lists of things I want to make. I’m a list person. So needless to say, I had a whole big list of things to do before while I was pregnant before my baby was born.
It was actually super helpful because not only did it keep me busy until he got here, the things I did were things that helped me out once he was born. I wasn’t rushing around trying to get addresses for announcements or worrying about little things like what we were going to have for dinner once we got home. I was able to stay relaxed and enjoy the time with our new bundle of joy because I had planned things beforehand.
Today I want to share that big list of things to do before your baby is born with you!
This list has 25 things to do before your baby is born that will help make it easier and more enjoyable for you! These are 25 things that I personally did that you may or may not find helpful. They aren’t in any particular order, and if you have anything else to add, feel free to leave a comment and contribute!
1. PICK A BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT.
If you live far from family and friends, or if you just want to show off your perfect new baby (who doesn’t want that?), a birth announcement is a great way to introduce your newborn. You can either do something simple yourself by copying something on Pinterest or you can use a photo website with premade layouts.
If you’ve already decided what you want before your baby is born, you won’t have to stress about picking a birth announcement after they’re born.
2. GATHER ADDRESSES.
If you do decide you want to send out birth announcements, it can be even more stressful to gather all the addresses and figure out who you want to send them to after baby is born.
So do it before! You can compile them all into a Word document with a label template and print them out while you are pregnant so once you get your announcements, you just have to put the sticky labels on the envelopes and send them away.
Plus if you work on it while you are pregnant you can have time to think about who you want to send them to.
3. GET A WATERPROOF BED PAD.
Not for baby, for you. My husband and I have a nice pillowtop mattress that my parents bought us when we got married, and I was not about to have my water break on it and ruin it. I was very worried that if my water did break in the middle of the night, we would have to leave fast and the amniotic fluid would do some serious damage to our mattress while we were away at the hospital. So instead of being nervous to fall asleep as your due date approaches, invest in something like this
that you can just put under the sheets on your side of the bed.