Important Last Minute Preparations Before Baby Arrives

I was contacted by Katie a few days ago. She had written to ask to be a guest blogger. Since I had never had a guest blogger I said why not. So, Welcome Katie  to Love His Name blog! This will be great as my daughter prepares to have her daughter!

 

 

Important Last Minute Preparations Before Baby Arrives

 

Last minute preparations for your new baby are the most exciting.  You may wonder if you’ve forgotten anything important.  It seems that no matter how much research you’ve done, you’re certain you’ll forget something important.  Following are some of the most important last minute preparations before baby arrives. Take a look

 

Baby Supplies

Make a final checklist of baby supplies you’ll need. Diapers will be one of the most used items in those first weeks; a newborn will use as many as 10 diapers per day.  Your newborn will grow quickly though and, within a month or two, will be out of the tiniest diaper size.  Don’t overstock on newborn diapers, but instead stock up on the next size up. Other items like baby wipes, baby powder and lotions are also high use items. Having a sufficient supply ahead of time will allow you to spend less time running errands in those early weeks.

 

Feeding

Breastfeeding has always been deemed the preferred method to feed your newborn in the medical world, but it is just as healthy and beneficial to formula feed. The choice is up you and your comfort. Taking a breastfeeding class at the hospital or speaking with a lactation consultant are great ways to learn about feeding techniques. If you have decided to bottle feed, it’s important to have your bottles, nipples, and cleaning gear, along with a stockpile of formula, before your delivery date.  You may find that there will be adjustments in terms of the specific formula you use, but consulting with your health care provider will provide a good starting point.  Even if you’re going to breastfeed, it’s still good to have a few bottles on hand in case of difficulties.

 

Clothing for Baby

Your first weeks will be simple, but it’s helpful to have plenty of comfortable sleepers and one piece suits for your newborn.  This will save you from having to do frequent laundering.  Adjust your focus in baby clothing to the season.  A winter baby will need warmer clothing, whereas a summer baby will do well with lightweight tees. Be sure to wash all of the baby’s clothing and linens with an infant safe detergent before they use them.

 

Personal Needs

Don’t neglect your own needs in your preparations.  Stock up on juices, healthy snacks, and easily prepared foods that will allow you to focus on your newborn rather than on food preparation.  Make sure you have plenty of comfortable clothing, and stock up on personal care supplies.

 

Hospital Stay

Take time in those final weeks to prepare for your hospital stay.  Have a baby name for both sexes picked out and pre-register at the hospital.  Consider optional procedures like cord blood banking. This is a process for collecting and storing the baby’s umbilical cord blood at a private facility for potential future use in medical treatment, should the need arise. This must be arranged before the birth.  Decide on any other pressing hospital stay issues, including extra stay time.

 

Your youngster will arrive before you know it and good last minute preparations will provide you with the opportunity to rest well when you arrive home from the hospital and enjoy your time as a new mommy.

 

 

“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.”

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6 thoughts on “Important Last Minute Preparations Before Baby Arrives

  1. I couldn’t disagree more that “it us just as healthy and beneficial to formula feed”. Breastmilk doesn’t go rancid or ever get recalled. Formula doesn’t have the immune boosting benefits of beatnik that are so critical to an infant. I could go on and on but I won’t. That statement is ignorant and completely false.

  2. Ginger, I never said a baby should never receive formula because sometimes it is necessary our simply a matter of convenience. All of my children received some formula. What I take issue with here is the statement that it is just as good as breastmilk. It is an untrue statement and misleading. Breast is best because out is superior nutrition and better for baby’s overall health.

  3. Actually only about 3 percent of the ENTIRE world cannot truly breastfeed at all and only 3 more percent need to supplement so even if you combine BOTH those totals that is only 6 percent in the entire world that have any issues breastfeeding, truly. I know that there are really those who cannot ( see above percentages) but it is VERY VERY VERY rare. It should be the exception not hte norm and it is still not as healthy even if mom cannot breastfeed to give formula, that is the fact. ALSO let us not forget that there are breastmilk banks that are available and can be used, I would pick that over formula anyday. I nursed my older 2 until self weaning and with my youngest he had a stroke in the womb and could latch but not transfer my milk, so I pumped and used an SNS for him for a very long time. I could have took the easy road and just gave him formula but I wanted him to have the absolute best.

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