Once your baby’s born, your first few weeks with them will be exhausting but definitely magical. If you want to make things a little bit easier for you as a new mum, below are some things you need to do before you bring your newborn home.
- You need to stock up. Your baby will most likely use 10 nappies a day and the last thing you want is running out of supplies. Ensure that you stock up on nappies and wipes in advance. You may also want to stock up on rice, tea, coffee, washing powder to help you get through the first week of being a mum.
- As you will be taking care of your baby most of the time for the first week, you won’t have the energy to even cook. Make sure your fridge / freezer is well stocked. This is where the convenience of ready to cook meals is much appreciated.
- Don’t forget to buy a nursing bra. Make sure that you purchase a well fitted nursing bra. Try out different styles and sizes to find the best one you’ll be comfortable wearing.
- Pamper yourself before you give birth. You won’t be able to pamper yourself much once your baby arrives.
- Schedule or settle bills before you give birth. You may also want to register for the baby bonus or paid parental leave.
- You may want to get a stroller and set it up before you give birth. It is also important that you know how to collapse it and adjust any straps.
- Organise the car seat and make sure that it is put into the car ahead of time. You might want to have a professional fit it to ensure that it is done correctly.
- Though not necessary, you may want to buy or create baby announcement cards and baby shower thank you cards.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help from your friends or family members. If they’re not sure what they can do to help you out, suggest some cleaning or that they cook some meals for you that you can freeze. Don’t reject any offers of babysitting too. Remember that you also need rest.