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As we enter in our final months as a family of 5, I have started to think about all the things I need to do to prepare for baby. Yes, of course we need some things like clothes, burp cloths and diapers, but when I think back on all the new arrivals we’ve experienced, I have realized the things that you really may want to be prepared aren’t always the typical things you’d find on your baby registry.
A few years ago when I was making my very first baby shower registry, I was clueless and overwhelmed, as I know most new moms are. It’s so hard to narrow down what you’ll actually need and use when you’ve never done this before! So, I wanted to share a list of ways you can prepare for the arrival of your new baby that won’t be on a registry check list. These are practical, real things you can do to set yourself for an easy pregnancy and postpartum recovery, so you get to spend every single moment you can with that precious newborn. Whether you’re a first time mom or a fifth time mom, these are all things I’ve found to be extremely beneficial in that fourth trimester.
FOUR WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A NEW BABY THAT YOU WON’T FIND ON YOUR REGISTRY
Prepare Freezer Meals
One of the BEST things I did during my last pregnancy was prepare meals and snacks! I could freeze and pop out these snacks during that postpartum haze. To this day, this is one of the few things I always recommend to pregnant moms. It was so incredibly helpful as we transitioned to a new family of five, during feeding issues and toddler meltdowns.
First, I sat down and searched Pinterest for lots of freezer meal and snack ideas. I even searched for easy breakfasts that I could freeze. I ended up settling on 6 meals that I made a few of each recipe. I also put together some smoothie starters (banana, spinach, berries) that I can freeze, along with a few freezer bags of energy balls to use as middle of the night nursing snacks.
Buy In Bulk
Even if you’re not a large family, buying in bulk has so many benefits. Saving time and money are two of the best reasons we buy in bulk at Sam’s Club. One thing I learned to do last time was to buy in bulk snacks for the kids, so I can lessen the grocery trips after I had the baby. Granola bars, applesauce, crackers — all things I purchased at Sam’s Club to keep my pantry filled for those first few weeks after we brought home the baby.
Another item I buy in bulk there are my Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA 200mg) 150ct. softgels. These have been my go-to prenatal since my first pregnancy. I love that I can buy a 5 month supply at a time! They also include DHA in them, so I don’t need to take an additional supplement during my pregnancy. They have a clinically proven absorption of folic acid and iron, which is so crucial especially during those first few months of pregnancy.
You should start taking a prenatal vitamin six months before you start trying to get pregnant (if possible) and be sure to it take with a meal. They provide essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3† AND provides you with 200mg of DHA, which may help support fetal brain and eye development.† I also love that they are free from synthetic dyes, yeast or starch, artificial flavors and are gluten free.
Some other things I make sure to buy in bulk are all toiletry items like toilet paper, deodorant and toothpaste — Necessities that are easily forgotten when you’re figuring out a newborn either for the first time or for the 5th time. I love having all of this stuff stored in our basement before baby arrives, so it’s as simple as walking downstairs to grab some essentials we may need.
Line Up Your Tribe
Whether you’re a first time mom or have kids at home, you’ll likely need to line up family or friends to help you when you go into labor. You may have a pet that needs to be taken care of while you’re delivering your baby and will need someone to come get them, feed them and let them out to use the bathroom. And if you’re like us and have other small children at home, you’ll need to line up your tribe of people to help you care for your other children, while you’re in labor and delivering. I usually line up people to take our boys a few months in advance, because you never know when you’ll go into labor. It’s good to know someone will be helping with your children, so you can focus on delivering your new baby. For us, we typically find someone who can take them overnight for 1-2 nights and will bring them home to us when we’re ready.
Emergency Hospital Bag
I always, ALWAYS have an emergency hospital bag in the car. My biggest fear is giving birth while in the car or on-the-go somewhere and not having anything with me. I know women do it all the time, but I like having a bag in my car just in case something happens, while I’m away from home. I keep things in it like a change of clothes, nursing bra, some snacks, chapstick, a spare blanket, and some toiletry items like deodorant, body wash & toothpaste/toothbrush. I’d always much rather be safe than not having anything with me! I hope you can find these tips helpful! As we are about to have our fourth baby I can assure you these are some of the most important things I’m focusing on getting prepared before we welcome our newest addition.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.