I’m 16 weeks (4 months) along now and I recently sat down with my boss to discuss my maternity leave plan. After that meeting I started to feel a little panicked. There was so much to do at work before November comes and it suddenly seemed right around the corner. This of course led me to start thinking, “is there a ton of things to do in our personal life before the baby comes that we haven’t thought of yet”?
I scoured the internet for hours looking for pregnancy to-do lists and pre-baby prep lists. The more I looked through the more frustrated I got. List after list containing to-do items like “drink lots of water”, “get plenty of rest” and “pamper yourself with a pedicure”. That’s cute, and all well and good if you’re looking for a sweet list to remind you to take a piss every couple hours. I was looking for a serious pre-baby check list. One with actual necessity items not all this fluffy sh**!
I couldn’t find a single list containing the types of serious items I was looking for… I was able to gain a few ideas here and there but no comprehensive list. Could I possibly be the first person to ever want a serious, no frills pre-baby checklist? I doubt it.
I decided to create my own list! I surveyed my friends, family and co-workers, looking for items I haven’t thought of yet. I am a first time parent after all, I can’t expect to know it all. Below is the list I have put together for myself, though I’m sure it will continue to grow a bit. Hopefully others find this helpful as well. If you have items I’ve missed please share!
- Sign up for birthing and newborn care classes.
- Plan the nursery space and take measurements.
- Research daycares in our area.
- Research baby products safety and consumer reviews.
- Create a labor contact list.
- Register for baby shower gifts.
- Take a hospital tour.
- Create a birth plan.
- Paint and set up nursery.
- Pack a hospital go bag. (Items for me, husband and baby)
- Prepare our pets for the new arrival.
- Buy and Install carseats.
- Wash all of the baby clothes.
- Deep clean the house.
- Make freezer meals.
Of course if it’s important to you, don’t forget to get a pedicure 😉