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50+ Things To Get Done at Home Before Your Baby ArrivesHow to Get Shit Done!

Whether you are trying for a baby, or are pregnant already (btw, congratulations!), there is so much that needs to be done before your new baby arrives.  

If you don’t even know where to start – do’t panic – you have nine months!  We have broken down all the things you need to organise before your baby comes.

You have shit to do – let’s get cracking!

Things to do AS SOON AS you find out you are pregnant:

  • If you haven’t started already, start on pregnancy vitamins including Folate.
  • Start a pregnancy journal to keep a track of how you are feeling and the progress of your baby.
  • Check with your GP about any current medications you are taking and whether or not to stop them.
  • Do not start eating for two (even when heavily pregnant, the only extra nutrients you need is about a 1/2 sandwich!).
  • Plan how you want to announce your pregnancy (and tell people NOT to announce it until YOU have!).
  • Start stocking up on household items when they come on sale – like toilet paper, toothpaste etc.
  • Start jotting down baby names you like.
  • Download a good pregnancy app.
  • Eat well and ditch the soft cheeses and seafood.
  • Make an appointment with your Gynaecologist to make sure everything is okay (your first scan is usually 8 weeks+), and you can organise your scan and blood tests.
  • Grab a large plastic container and start buying one item for baby, every pay week.
  • Ditch all underwire bras – your boobs will hurt.  Invest in some soft maternity bras (at least 3). These will get a hard work-out so buy good quality and they should hopefully last you through this pregnancy, and hopefully the next one (if you have a next one…).
  • Start putting aside some money in a separate account to save for baby and your time off work (if you work!).

Shit you need to do SIX MONTHS before your due date:

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  • Start buying nappies and wipes in bulk and storing them when they come on sale.
  • Book all your hospital and Doctors appointments.
  • Book your hospital room (if you are going Private).
  • Ensure your health insurance is up to date, and let them know you are pregnant.
  • Find out the sex of your baby (if you want to!).
  • Start putting together a list of items you want/baby for baby (in case people want to gift you them) – this is handy for when people ask!
  • Start planning the theme of your nursery.
  • But some large black, soft, comfy undies to wear during pregnancy (and that you can ditch afterwards).  Pregnancy discharge is a real thing.  You’ll thank me.
  • Invest or Borrow in a few good Baby and Pregnancy Books.
  • Organise your glucose test with your gynaecologist to test for pregnancy diabetes.
  • Borrow or buy some maternity wear – it won’t be long until you are showing!
  • If you plan on having a pregnancy or birth photo-shoot, now’s the time to book or shop around.

Shit to get done FOUR MONTHS before your due date:

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  • Start cleaning out the nursery, making sure it is pristine clean.
  • Look for a good set of block-out curtains for the nursery.
  • It is also a good idea to put a digital clock in the nursery that states the temperature – makes it easier to know what to dress baby in!
  • Put all your large nursery items on layby.
  • Start putting together a Spotify list to listen to during labour.
  • Any indoor animals should be starting to be transitioned outside or retrained.
  • Test drive some baby prams (make sure they will fit in your vehicle).
  • Think about a ‘Push Present’ and strategically place a picture on the fridge.
  • Start thinking about your birth plan, and how you would like your birth to go. Put pen to paper and keep updating it as you approach the big day.
  • Start planning a Babymoon to get away with your partner before the birth.
  • Book your hospital tour.
  • Start shopping for baby clothes.
  • Start planning your baby shower.
  • Book your Birth Classes at your local hospital.

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