Excitement and anxiety both come together when you are preparing for child birth. Although this can be sudden and you might not be prepared for that, it is good to learn about some important things that you should do before your delivery. Read on to learn the top 10 things you should do before your baby arrives.
So, you are preparing for labour? Instead of worrying or getting excited about everything, you should plan and prepare for the special day beforehand so that you handle things efficiently and without any fuss and hassle. Ten important tasks that you should complete before your child arrives are mentioned here.
Ten Things You Must Do Before Delivery
Here are the ten things which you must do before delivering your baby.
1. Pack your Maternity bag
This is one of the most important things you should do because your husband will get nervous and will not be able to pack things even if you have arranged and organized them carefully. Make a checklist and pack your maternity bag accordingly.
2. Take a Childbirth Class
Nowadays it is not difficult to find parenting and childbirth classes. Make sure you choose the one where you are helped by experts and taught to practice breathing and relaxation techniques. You should be allowed to ask questions that you want to be answered and the experts should be capable of understanding what is going on inside you.
Taking a childbirth class is very important because when you are pregnant you will find almost everyone advising you. The class is where you learn about the basics of child care and this learning will help you take right decisions in relation with your little one when he arrives.
3. Watch a Movie
This is a great idea especially if you are a movie fan because once your bundle of joy will arrive, you will not be able to watch a movie for months in a theatre. Also, this will be a good time to spend with your partner.
4. Program Your Phone
Since labour pain is expected to be sudden, you should program your phone with the important numbers making sure that your partner’s number is on the top.
5. Prepare Food
In the early newborn days you will find cooking meal the most difficult job. So, plan ahead and stock your refrigerator with some pre-chopped vegetables, convenient snacks like yogurt and stuff that are healthy and you like. There will be time when you might not have enough energy to make a meal, snacks will come in handy and fill you then.
6. Get Your House Cleaned
There is nothing more you would wish when you come back home with your bundle of joy than a nice clean home. Hiring a cleaning service might be expensive. So, you can get it done with the help of your partner, friends and relatives because you will not have time for these things once the baby arrives.
7. Purchase and Install a Car Seat
It is advisable to purchase and install a car seat for your child beforehand because you and your husband would be quite nervous and occupied to get it done correctly.
8. Prepare the Sleeping area of Your Baby
Before you have to go for delivery it is important you prepare the sleeping area of your baby properly. Buy a crib and make it ready with clean linen. Stock diapers and wipes.
9. Take a Tour of Your Birthing Facility
Till now you must have decided where you would go for delivery. Take a tour and learn about the rules and regulations beforehand so that you do not have to undergo last minute stress.
10. Find a Paediatrician
Once your child arrives you will need a paediatrician. So find the one who would be right for you and your baby. You can check with your friends, relatives or neighbours and get their feedback on their paediatricians.
You must do all the above mentioned things before your delivery. In addition to the above mentions list you can also prepare your own ‘To-Do’ list. You know yourself better so you can list down the things which you feel are also important so that hassle is prevented later on. So Get Set - And Go for Delivery!
Which things should be done before delivery? What should be packed in a maternity bag? When should pregnant women start preparing for labour and delivery? Discuss here.
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