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Getting ready for your new baby is such an exciting time! I remember the excitement of packing my hospital bag, and making sure I had everything just right. I read countless posts online on what to take to the hospital, but I couldn’t find an all-inclusive post about what you needed to be “ready for baby” in general. I have been meaning to talk about this for a while, however recently a friend reminded me by asking if she was “ready” and what I couldn’t live without the first few days. Here are 5 Ways to be “ready” in a Ready For Baby Checklist:
Hospital Bag Packed
Do you have your hospital bag packed? I know some things can’t be packed until last minute, but I still kept my bag in our room and had everything I could packed. I also kept a list of the items I needed in my bag still in my phone for quick and easy access. For our first baby, I WAY overpacked but with our second, I was more experienced and got it just right. My Hospital Bag Essentials might look slightly different than yours, but I feel like it is a great base. I hated overpacking with baby number one, so I took bare essentials for number two.
Diaper Bag Ready
Is your diaper bag ready? You should make sure you have all the essentials you need for diapering and caring for baby. The hospital should provide you with diapers and wipes, but I still like to have a stocked diaper bag at ALL times, just in case. You never know. Also, don’t forget your Newborn bundles from Children’s Place. You will need lots of onesies and Children’s Place has great Baby Bundles for their first year of life like this adorable Raccoon 3-piece set. It comes with a bodysuit featuring snap closures at bottom for easy changing, pants with a rib-knit elastic waistband for comfort and a matching bib so your baby is bundled together head-to-toe. Speaking of toes, don’t forget those baby socks! Children’s Place has you covered there too! These Baby Boys Rainbow Athletic Stripe Ankle Socks are made of 78% cotton/21% nylon/1% spandex. They come in a pack of 12 and rib-knit top which helps keep them in place.
Next make sure your car is ready! This is VERY essential. You wont be allowed to leave the hospital without a properly installed car seat. You can have this checked at any fire station if you are unsure. I also stock my car with extra diapers and wipes for those unexpected moments.
Safe Sleep Place Ready
You should also have a safe sleep space prepared for your baby. Most doctors recommend the baby sleep in your room for the first few months on a hard surface, clear of anything else. For example the top of a pack-n-play or a bassinet. If you are unsure if your baby has a safe sleep space, consult with your doctor for their recommendations.
Baby’s Room Ready
While this isn’t “essential” it will help you feel more prepared. With baby number one, we had her whole room ready and perfect. With baby number two, we were in the process of moving, so everything was crazy. I had major “nesting” phases, so this came pretty natural.
Finally, don’t forget about you! In your last few weeks, take some time for you and your spouse. Pamper yourself with a pedicure, get some sleep, go last minute shopping for fun, have a date night. Enjoy your last few weeks!