The Big-Time Baby To-Do List
Thanks for all the great feedback on my post yesterday! I definitely feel a lot better. If you followed me from my wedding blog, you know I am pretty Type A (and if you didn’t follow me from my wedding blog, you’ve still probably figured that out by now, haha.). One of the things that always helps me feel a little more calm is making lists. I alluded yesterday to the fact that I made a baby to-do list, but I thought I would also post it here. I find this is a great way to keep track of things (and those of you who have been there, done that can also tell me what I’m missing!).
I’ve broken it down by trimester and made any notes I deemed informative.
Second Trimester To-Dos:
* Research daycare options:
* Visit daycares
* Get on any waiting lists/make any deposits necessary to secure a spot
* Research registry and register!
(I actually did a ton of research on the registry last night! So I feel pretty good about this one right now. Much more prepared than yesterday!)
* Find a pediatrician.
(Upon further discussion yesterday with some lovely ladies on Twitter, I’ve decided not to interview. Our options for peds are limited, so I think we’ll just pick one and if it doesn’t work out we can switch. A pediatrician is not set in stone.)
* Start working on nursery:
* Pick a paint color; paint
* Purchase crib & dresser (for use as changing table)
* Purchase crib sheets; make crib skirt
* Slip-cover the upholstered rocking chair we already have (gliders are expensive!!!)
* Hang shelves & hanging rack
* Organize closet—paint as well?
* Other miscellaneous décor items
(Yes, I know the baby doesn’t NEED a nursery to be completed before he or she gets here. But I also know myself and I know it will bother ME if it’s not done. Not to mention the fact that I doubt we’ll really have any time to devote to it after baby is here. I’d rather just get this done while we can than worry about it.)
*Sign up & take childbirth and breastfeeding classes.
(The actually taking of the classes might occur in the third tri, but I know my doctor will be giving me sign-up information at my next appointment, which is why it’s on the 2nd Tri list.)
Third Trimester To-Dos:
* Purchase & install carseat.
* Pack hospital bag.
(I have tons of questions about this, actually. Things like, what do you pack for wearing in the hospital AFTER baby is born? Also, do you wear a maternity bra under your hospital gown? I see so many pictures of women who’ve just had their babies and they are in bras. I think I’ll do a separate post.)
* Get some new maternity bras that can transition into nursing for those first few days, until I can get properly fitted for nursing bras after my milk comes in.
(Uh, where do you actually get maternity bras?! I have been making due with my pre-pregnancy bras, but I am getting close to having to purchase new ones…and it’s not like I can just waltz into Victoria’s Secret and buy one off the shelf (I pretty much couldn’t do that before pregnancy, either. Yay, large chests!). Do they even make maternity bras that I can wear in the transition after birth, or should I buy some separate nursing bras too? If I can’t, how do you handle a newborn and going to get fitted for a nursing bra?! Help!)
* Create a contact list for who to call, etc. when labor starts and after baby is born.
* Assemble any baby products necessary.
* Wash all baby clothes, etc.
* Create a list of easy-to-make, freezable, and crockpot meals. When closer to due date (if possible), do a total grocery shop to restock pantry for easy meal prep.
* Pre-register at the hospital; double check and confirm they have the information on file.
You’ll notice I didn’t include things like “make a birth plan” on here. The reason for this is that the hospital I deliver at gives us a “Your Personalized Plan of Care” form to fill out, so I don’t have to pre-write my own. I am not really big into birth plans anyway (another post for another day), but I like the way my hospital handles them. It’s really nice, because it essentially lists the hospital’s policies on things like skin-to-skin contact, etc. and then lets you pick and choose which options you’d like.
So, I think that’s it. What else am I missing?