Stock Up on Baby Supplies and Necessities
Even though you believe you’ll be up and about the moment you give birth, reality is something else. You’ll be tired most of the time and no matter how much your husband will want to help – some things he won’t know how. The last thing that you will want to do after having a baby is running to the store every other minute to buy dippers, wipes, nursing pads and other necessities and your husband will be at work most of the day so he wont be able to go. Stocking up on supplies is your friend, believe me! Buy everything you know you’ll need and relax.
Check Baby’s Medicine Cabinet
Consult with your gynecologist and baby’s pediatrician about all necessary medicine you need to buy before the baby is here. You’ll need some medicine just for percussion. Never give your baby medication unless your doctor tells you it is necessary. Don’t forget to buy a separate thermometer so that you can use it to take your baby’s temperature in their bottom (its the most accurate way to take your baby’s temperature). Before leaving the hospital, you should received instructions to help you determine what to do when your baby runs a fever.
Pack Your Hospital Bag
Mom’s should have their bags packed around 36 weeks so that you are prepared to leave the house in a hurry or in case you go into labor. I personally packed some extra clothes and a towel and left it in the back of the car. I was scared of going into labor or needing an extra pair of clothes to change into in case of an accident. I ended up making it to my due date after having several false runs during all three of my pregnancies. Clean sleeping gown, hygiene kit, and everything else you believe to be useful and important. For more detailed list, check out my extensive list for both mom and baby.
Prepare Your Car
Car seats are usually a pain to install so it is best to put the car seat in the car a few weeks before your baby is born. If you need help installing your baby’s car seat you can take it to the nearest fire or police station and they would be more than happy to help make sure that it is install correctly. The baby has to be placed in a car seat in order to go home from the hospital. Also, once the baby is ready to take a drive with you, make sure she is away from any sharp edges or little items she could swallow.
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