The first time I was pregnant, I remember feeling very anxious as we started preparing to bring home baby. Even in the last few months leading up to her birth, I was trying to make sure I didn’t forget any critical pieces. I felt like I was continually adding items to my to-do list.
There’s a lot of information out there. If you’re pregnant, chances are you’ve started to pour through all of it, and it gets quickly overwhelming. I remember wishing there was a simple list—do this, then this, then this.
With this concept in mind, I decided to pull together my favorite posts on preparing to bring home baby. These are all the tips you need to know—your new mom’s survival guide if you will! If you’re in your first trimester or your third, it’s never too early or late to start preparing.
And you know what? Once I got through my baby prep list, I felt surprisingly calm! I knew I had taken care of as many x-factors as possible, so labor, delivery, and her first few weeks would go as smooth as possible (and they did, for the most part).
So, if you’re stressing, don’t worry! Here’s what you need to do to feel 100% prepared to bring home baby and survive the first few weeks with your infant!
1. Get Your Home Ready
Getting your home ready will give you SO MUCH peace of mind. They call it nesting for a reason! You’re preparing your nest and getting it ready for your little hatchling to thrive! You may think you’re going to have tons of time, especially if you’re off work for a few months, but YOU WON’T!
Believe me, you and your partner (or family) are going to feel so freaking exhausted at first—like beyond your current idea of sleep deprivation. It’s crazy how sleepless and tough those first few weeks are (despite being awesome and magical). Do yourself a favor and take care of as many little factors as possible.
Prepare freezer meals. This means making easy items (like frozen French Toast, pancake mix, soups, and pasta sauce) you literally heat and eat in about 5 minutes. You will thank yourself so hard after.
While you’re stocking up on your freezer meal supplies, stock up on home supplies too. I suggest using Instacart to save yourself trips to the store (ain’t nobody got time for that, especially if you’re pregnant). Simply click and wait for it to get delivered in your hot little hands!
Take a prenatal class. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hilary Erickson’s awesome prenatal course. Best of all, you can take it online. Even if it’s late in the game, don’t skip this step. You’ll feel much more at ease if you’ve taken a class.
Prepare your bathroom with all the postpartum supplies you’ll need (like miracle-in-a-can, Dermoplast). You can check out my list on Amazon. Yes, your lady parts aren’t going to feel great, and going to the bathroom is going to be quite a train wreck for a while but having the right supplies will help immensely.
Organize your bedroom, nursing, and changing stations. Set up the car for bringing home baby. Keep in mind, you’re probably going to spend the vast majority of your time in the living room, so get it organized and set up to be as ready as possible.
For more on preparing your home for your new baby, click here.
2. Stock Up Before Baby Arrives
Did you ever see the Doomsday Preppers show on cable? Well, bringing home baby isn’t QUITE that level of apocalyptic, but it IS pretty darn close. Channel your inner prepper to stockpile everything you’ll need for your new arrival.
Now, I know we all know baby items—diapers, pacifiers, food, etc., BUT there are tons of other things new mamas tend to overlook. Girl, you will not be in a mood to run to the store, like, at all. So do your future self a huge favor by buying everything you’ll need for your newborn well before day zero.
In addition to freezer meals (and I’m talking at least 20 meals), you’re going to want cleaning supplies. Get rags and towels, toilet paper, cleaning spray, and laundry soap. If you need a handy stockpile list, I’ve put one together here: