Ten Last Minute Tips Before Having Baby

I would love to introduce you to our first guest blogger…Katie, from Moore from Katie!  She’s an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  She approached me about guest blogging on Kids are from Pluto and I knew her article would mesh well.  I love the idea of having guests do a blog post for one another…it’s such a great way to meet others in the blogging community and it’s also a breath of fresh air for readers!  I hope you enjoy Katie Moore’s article as much as I did!

Ten Last Minute Tips Before Having Baby

There’s absolutely nothing that can prepare you for the overwhelming emotions that will flood you upon the birth of your child.  Your friends’ anecdotes about the thrill of holding their own babies for the very first time will pale in comparison to the experience of actually holding your own baby for the very first time. When the adrenaline starts to wane, you will begin to experience exhaustion. This is when all of those preparations that you made in advance of delivery day will pay off. Here’s a list of last minute things you may not have thought of:

  • Hospital Pre-Registration.  There is a lot of paperwork associated with checking into the maternity ward of the hospital and for your baby after he is born. You can fill out a lot of this paperwork in advance to have ready to hand in when you come into the hospital in labor.  Pre-admission packets can also contain a birth certificate questionnaire that you can fill out prior to your admission.  You can wait until after the birth to complete this, but it’s easier to fill out forms in advance so you can just focus on your newborn.
  • Feeding Supplies. Whether you plan on breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, be sure to have your feeding supplies cleaned and with you in your hospital bag. Nursing bras, breast pumps and bottles are all important items to have. While you’re in the hospital, take advantage of the nurses available to have them teach you the best way to feed and how to use your feeding supplies correctly.
  • Pack snacks. If you have allergies or are following a specific diet, consider packing some of your own snacks in your hospital bag. Your hospital cafeteria and gift store will sell them, but they may not be the healthy ones that you want to eat.
  • Child and pet care. If you already have children and pets at home, make sure you arrange for a trusted family member or friend to help take care of them while you are in the hospital. Knowing that your children and pets are in trusted care will allow you to focus on bringing your newborn into the world.
  • Baby Names. If you have not yet decided on a name for your baby, invest in a baby name book.  You may not feel inspired to name your baby until after you’ve held them for the first time so having a name book handy can help you choose.
  • Pre-made meals. After the baby arrives, you will most likely want to spend every minute at home bonding and resting. To help make this possible, prepare some meals that can be stored and frozen to make mealtime quick and easy for yourself. Casseroles, soups and other hearty and healthy meals can be pulled out of the fridge and heated up without taking much time away from your newborn.
  • Nesting. Take advantage of your burst of energy right before the baby comes, known as nesting, to get your home in order. Last minute cleaning and disinfecting will make it nice to bring baby home to a spotless home. Use this time to do any last minute shopping for yourself as well as baby to minimize the amount of errands to run.
  • Create a birth plan. After all you have learned from your prenatal classes and questions you’ve asked your doctor, take some time to write out a birth plan to give to your medical team during delivery day. A birth plan is a simple list of how you’d like your delivery to go, the atmosphere in the room, the amount of people you’d like with you and what pain medications you are comfortable with.
  • Other options. There are optional procedures that can be done after the birth of your baby. Circumcision is an option to speak to your doctor with if you’re expecting a son. Become informed of the immunizations that are required for your baby to have before they go home, as well as optional ones that you can ask to have done. Cord blood banking is another post-delivery option where cord blood is collected and stored at a private facility; cord blood is rich in stem cells that can be potentially be used in the future to treat a medical disease. Arrangements for this procedure need to be made ahead of time with a cord blood company and your doctor in advance.
  • Installing a car seat. A baby will not be released from the hospital if there is not a safety approved rear facing infant car seat properly installed in the vehicle taking them home. Check consumer reports for recalls and reviews on the safety of car seats before you purchase one or use one as a hand-me-down. If you’re uncomfortable installing one yourself, ask the hospital or local fire and police stations for help, these facilities all generally have someone who is trained in how to properly install car seats in your vehicle.

If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.  Check it out for more tips & advice.

Thanks for guest blogging Katie!

love,

auntie k

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Comments

  1. Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before.Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written.will be referring a lot of friends about this.

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