10 Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives

By Polly Conner

10 things to do

All through this pregnancy I’ve felt as though I’ve had plenty of time to get things ready for Baby 2.0. However, as my due date inches closer and closer, I am starting to feel the time crunch.

Here is a list of 10 things to do before a baby arrives:

1) Dig Clothes Out of Storage that Can be Used for a Boy

I’ve actually already done this one. When I attempted to transform some baby girl clothes to baby boy clothes by dyeing them blue and gray, I was able to pull out any clothing that was gender neutral.

2) Wash the Baby’s Clothes, Sheets, and Blankets

I hesitate to pull tags off of baby clothes before I know he will actually wear them. However, I do need to have a stash of newborn attire that is washed and ready for wearing.

3) Prepare Cloth Diapers

While he may not fit into cloth diapers for a month or two, I want to have some sized up and ready to go. Since my toddler is still in diapers I haven’t quite figured out if we are going to do cloth diapers for both of them or just one. My guess is if we do just one kid in cloth diapers, it will be the infant. (Check out my post, Cloth Diapering 101 if you want more information on cloth diapering)

4) Stock the Freezer

While many generous friends will probably bring us meals, we will still need a stock of healthy, yummy food on hand. Even more so this time around since we have a toddler to feed. I plan to scour the freezer meal section of our Recipe Index for ideas of meals to make ahead of time and freeze. A few ideas off of the top of my head: Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub, Chocolate Banana Muffins, Baked Beef Ravioli, Powerball Cookies, and Meatballs (for meatball sub sandwiches).

5) Schedule a Pedicure

I’m not a huge beauty shop, pamper myself person. However, when I’m 38 weeks pregnant and haven’t been able to take care of my feet very well (not to mention the extra 25 pounds they have been forced to carry around), I think my tootsies deserve a little TLC. I plan on making an appointment towards the end of the 3rd trimester. I’ve also heard rumors that pedicures can induce labor so I’ll cross my fingers!

6) Wash and Sanitize Bottles, Pacifiers & Breast Pump Accessories

Got to get those clean and ready for action!

7) Stock Up on Baby Supplies

With my first child, I had the luxury of baby showers to do this for me. Now I actually have to think back to the newborn stage and evaluate what I have and what I don’t. I have most of the items that an infant actually needs but there are a few I’ll need to stock up on: diapers (newborn and size one), diaper cream, burp cloths, lotion, swaddle blankets, Q-tips, etc. Not to mention we need BOY stuff this time!

8) Clean Up and Prepare Car Seat

The infant carseat has been stashed in the garage for over a year so I imagine it will need a little freshening up. The straps also need to be resized for a newborn. Lastly, we need to get the carseat base installed in the car.

9) Print Off my Hospital Bag Checklist and Begin Packing a Bag

I don’t plan to pack a bag until week 35 or 36 but it wouldn’t hurt to print off my handy-dandy check list and start thinking about what I’ll be needing for those few days and nights in the hospital.

10) Prepare Activities and Stock up on Some New Toys for My Toddler

I think one of the things I’m most anxious about this time around is not so much the labor and delivery, but the coming home and figuring out how to do life with a toddler and a newborn. I’m starting to brainstorm up some Toddler Busy Bag Ideas as well as pinning ideas to my Keeping the Little Ones Busy pin board. Hopefully I can have a good stash of ideas put together.

I’m sure there is more to do but those are my top 10 as of right now. Wish me luck!


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6 replies
  1. Laura says:

    Why not cloth the infant at birth? I have found co-ops or used cloth swaps have great to reasonable prices. You go though an enormous amount of disposable diapers those first few months, and so washing and reusing is definately more economic. You can either fold down for the umbilical stump or I am buying some that have a snap down just for it! And through a swap did I mention they are a GREAT price? And you can resell after your done or save for the next! Or there are pre folds and covers too.

    • Polly says:

      There were a few reasons I didn’t cloth right at birth. 1) People had given us a few boxes of NB and size one diapers so we wanted to use those up. 2) My little gal was too small for the Fuzzinbunz that we had at the time. 3) For some reason (that I still haven’t figured out) she got rashes easily with cloth diapers in the beginning. After a few months her skin was able to tolerate the cloth better. I know most people have the opposite problem (more rashes with disposable) so I’m not sure what was going on. (Yes, I switched detergents and changed her very often).

      I agree with you though, if you have the option, cloth diapering right from the start would be VERY economic! I’ve never heard of a cloth swap. How do you find out about those?

  2. holli says:

    Hey Polly,
    This is the best postpartum front and back bottom product you can get (its amazing for postpartum healing). Mama Bottom Balm is a must for your list of things to get before you have the baby, because you wont after the baby is born

    You can get it through Amazon which is great.
    Also I think its always a good idea for moms to watch this video a few times to remind themselves that everything is going to be okay!

    Happy Birthing, spend lots of time laying in bed looking at your baby, those moments never come back. Last night I was snuggling my almost three year old as he fell asleep, just laying there breathing him in. I can’t believe he’s almost three, that’s still a baby I suppose. But I miss those tiny days of nursing until we both fall asleep and getting to wear my baby tied on to my chest, in their habitat. Its not always that romantic, but even when I am a crazy crying postpartum lady, I still think getting to breath a newborn baby is wonderful.

    • Polly says:

      Thanks so much, Holli.
      We’d love to have you guest post sometime and share some of your post-partum wisdom. I’ll for sure get some of that product you recommend. I’m glad you reminded me about that video because I had forgotten how amazing it is.
      Thanks again!

  3. hickorynut says:

    i am 38 weeks, due with my third, so i am totally in this mode right now. Just wanted to offer up a few other things i have been doing…
    Not only make meals in advance, but plan out your menus so you can shop for ingredients for the meals you can not make in advance. I also stock up on toilet paper, toothpaste, blah blah blah, so i don’t have to make so many trips to the store after the baby is here. my other 2 kids are 5 and 15 months, so i’m imagining trips to the store will not be on my list of favorite things to do.
    I also did a lot of research on a double stroller (thanks for helping collect ideas on your fb page!) turns out my wonderful parents offered to buy this as a gift for the baby, so i have something ready to use during leave. i was glad i knew what i wanted by the time my parents graciously offered. i also found out that they sell clips to connect 2 umbrella strollers together rather than investing in a true double stroller. something else to consider. I knew if there was even one nice day during my leave, i would kick myself if i couldn’t take the littles out in it.
    and i wouldn’t wait too long to check the carseat out. this may not apply to you, but maybe others. ours was in the rafters in the garage – wrapped well – and a mouse chewed the strap. I’m glad i checked on this when i did, so i had time to borrow a different carrier from a friend.
    Don’t forget to have your baby book packed to do the feet/hands at the hospital, a picture of your little girl to place in your delivery room, and a present waiting for her from the baby. my 5 year old is most excited about this birth because he can’t wait to see what the baby is going to give him this time. (i had a gift waiting for him when my 15 month old was born).
    Oh, and not sure where your daughter will be going during the delivery process, but i also have a bag packed for my boys since they will be staying with my parents. It’s a different ball game when you have older children to coordinate as well, so i need their stuff ready too for my dad to grab. and with being due during Easter, i have to have any “Easter morning” things ready, incase the bunny has to find them at my parents house instead of ours.
    you may have already thought of all of these items, but thought it may help you or some other expectant mother. because let’s be honest, our brains may not be thinking the clearest these days. 🙂
    Goodluck with the rest of your pregnancy! Oh, and i’m getting an hour long maternity massage tonight – that’s a must on the list too!

    • Polly says:

      Heck- YOU should have written this post!
      Great tips! Especially the one about having a bag packed for the other kids. Add it to the list!