If you’re expecting a new member of the family soon, there are certain things you need to cover before the baby arrives. These 12 nesting projects are some of the most important things to do before your baby comes.
Once you start feeling the urge to nest, you will most likely want to clean the whole house. Ask your partner, family, and friends to help you thoroughly clean your house before the baby’s due to arrive. If you can afford to hire a professional cleaning service that can do this job for you, that would be even better.
The next thing you want to get to is your diaper stockpile. You can easily scout out coupons for diapers and start buying them for a very affordable price. Buy at least one pack whenever you go to the store.
Also, try to get a variety of different sizes so that you know they will fit your baby. That way, when it’s time to move up a size, you will already have the right diapers. Plus, most stores will let you return unopened packs if you end up not needing them. Just make sure you save receipts and check the store’s policy.
Pack Your Bag
Then, you need to pack your bag. Keep a list of all the necessary stuff you need to prepare for your hospital bag and get to packing. You can pack the bare minimum, or you can go a little extra and even pack your makeup and a fancy robe. Make sure you pack everything you need. Bring your own nightgown and socks. Pack your toiletries and other essentials. Also, ensure you have an outfit ready for your baby.
Pack His Bag
Make sure your husband is packed too. Remind him to pack some essentials such as clothes, toiletries, snacks, a camera, and phone chargers. Also, make sure he has all the necessary phone numbers and e-mail addresses so that he can reach out to your family and friends.
Install the Car Seat
Even though it might seem silly to drive a car around with an empty car seat, it’s best that you purchase and install it before the baby arrives. That way you will already be prepared.
Also, make sure your baby’s wardrobe is organised and clean. Figure out where you’re going to store your baby’s clothes because you’ll be having a lot of it when the baby starts to grow. Ensure your baby has soft and clean baby bath towels ready for them too.
You also need to go through all of the baby items, your registry, and make a list of all the things you still need. You can find many newborn checklists online that can help navigate you on your shopping trip.
Another great idea for the nesting projects is to decorate the room for your baby. If painting isn’t your cup of tea, there are other ways for you to spice up the walls. You can find very creative and cute artwork all over the Internet or find something inspiring on Pinterest. You don’t even have to follow a certain theme. You can always opt for a simple colour scheme and then you can easily add and change smaller details later.
Get a Grandparents Gift
If your parents are going to be there to welcome the baby, maybe you can make a special gift for them too. It can be just a small, thoughtful gift to celebrate their grandparent status.
Research Newborn Photographers
Pinterest is also a great place for finding cute newborn photos. Look around for professional newborn photographers and come up with an idea of what kind of photos of your baby you would like to take. If you don’t want to spend money on a photographer, you can always make your own DIY photoshoot for your baby.
Don’t forget to stock up in general. There are many things you’ll need around the house for yourself too. Make sure you purchase all of the non-perishable necessities and items in advance so that you don’t have to send someone to the store every time you run out of toilet paper or soap. Buy things such as shampoo, dish soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, paper towels, and trash bags.
Stock Your Freezer
Lastly, stock your freezer with frozen meals or make food in advance that you can store away in the freezer and save for later. Look for recipes of foods that you can freeze and reheat well. This way, you will always be prepared.
All things considered, these are some of the most essential things you need to keep in your mind when you’re nesting before your baby’s arrival. You can keep this as a checklist you can go through to make sure you don’t forget anything.