10 To-Do's BEFORE Your Baby Arrives

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Feeling overwhelmed by the endless “to-do’s” and “must haves” when expecting a baby? It often feels like your feeds, inboxes, and conversations are flooded with things to do the minute you find out you’re pregnant. The reality is- you don’t need to prepare for everything. Focus on essential decisions, basic items, and targeted education to be ready for the big day. 

The ideal time to start preparing is in the second trimester, since it’s the stage when you are most likely to be feeling energetic. You’ll want to finish your tasks early in the third trimester in case your baby decides to make their debut earlier than expected!

To help ease your anxiety, here are our top ten tasks to tackle before your little bundle of joy arrives.

1. Take Childbirth and Parenting Classes:

Every birth is a unique journey, and being equipped with skills and up-to-date knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions about your and your baby’s care. While each birth is different and there are no guarantees, education is key to preparing for a positive outcome. With the abundance of advice you will get from well-meaning loved ones, taking classes provides a solid foundation to help you navigate conflicting opinions and make the right decisions for your growing family. You will gain insights into what to expect, how to handle various scenarios, and where to find reliable resources for further learning as needed. In short, classes enable you to make educated, informed decisions for yourself and your little one. 

Typically, starting classes around the third trimester (around the 7th month of pregnancy) is recommended. However, this timeline is flexible. For instance, if you’re expecting twins, have restricted availability for classes, or intend to take a longer course like hypnobirthing (which spans 5 weeks), starting classes earlier may be necessary to ensure you are able to get all the education you desire.

2.    Purchase and Install a Car Seat:  Every state requires parents to have a car seat installed in their vehicle before being discharged from the birthing facility. Install your car seat early and have it inspected by a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). This is an important step, because statistics show that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly, and 7 out of 10 children aren’t correctly secured in their seat. Car seat inspections are typically free and take about 30 minutes to an hour. Locate a technician in your area here.

3.    Have Essential Baby Equipment Ready To Go: Be sure your baby’s sleeping area is ready to go with clean linens. Wash baby clothes, burp cloths, washcloths, towels, hats and blankets. Stock diapers and wipes. If you will not be breastfeeding, purchase formula and sterilize baby bottles.

4.   Discuss Important Decisions: Talk with your partner about important decisions like cord blood banking, whether you will consent to your baby receiving the Hepatitis B Vaccine before leaving the hospital, or whether you will have your baby boy circumcised.

If you wish to bank or donate your baby’s cord blood, ask your healthcare provider if they charge for this service. Most cord blood facilities recommend signing up around your 32nd week of pregnancy so there is ample time for you to receive your collection kit. Learn more about cord blood banking here.

Your baby’s healthcare providers will give you a Vaccine Information Sheet to review. See it here.

Read more about circumcision here.

5.    Tour Your Birthing Facility:  Ask important questions regarding their rules and regulations, such as:

    ✔ What is the facility’s visitation policy?

    ✔ What infant security procedures are in place?

    ✔ Are there amenities available such as a birth ball, squat bar, birthing tub, mirror, etc.?

    ✔ Are there obstetricians, anesthesiologists, and/or nurse midwives in-house 24/7, or on-call?

    ✔ What is the hospital’s cesarean rate, your physician’s cesarean rate, and are VBACs allowed?

    ✔ How does the facility support breastfeeding?

    ✔ Can you bring your own products for yourself and your baby?

6.    Review Your Insurance Plan: Familiarize yourself with your policy to understand coverage details. For those intending to breastfeed, most plans cover a free breast pump; however, providers vary on how and when you will receive it. Knowing your plan’s distribution timeline can help prevent delays when your pump is needed most. Also review your benefits for in-network lactation consultant options, as lactation support is considered preventive care under the Affordable Care Act. Learn more here.

7.    Pack Your Hospital Bag: Pack your bag four to six weeks before your due date (for twins, you may want to pack even earlier). Not sure what to pack? Download our checklist: Hospital Labor Bag Checklist 

8.   Find a Pediatrician: A pediatrician must be chosen before your newborn is discharged. Seek recommendations from friends, family, and local mothers to help guide your decision. Make sure the provider is in-network with your insurance. Many physicians offer meet & greets for you to ask questions and assess compatibility. If you find the pediatrician isn’t the right fit, you can always switch providers later on.

9.   Pre-Register with Your Birthing Facility: Pre-registering will get all the paperwork out of the way to facilitate a smoother and more efficient experience for both you and the hospital staff, ensuring that you receive the best possible care during your stay.

10.   Do you plan to breastfeed?  Prenatal lactation consultations offer valuable benefits such as addressing your questions or concerns and assessing risk factors for potential challenges that may need intervention. Additionally, since breastfeeding is an intimate journey, establishing a relationship with a lactation consultant prenatally can help you feel more at ease during your most vulnerable times.

Our Lactation Specialists are available to help answer all of your questions. Book an appointment today. We take most insurance so there is no out-of-pocket expense for you!  

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✔   Prepared Childbirth Class

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✔   Newborn Care Class

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✔   Infant CPR & Safety Class

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***The information provided on our website is intended solely for general educational and informational purposes only. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician for any questions you may have regarding your or your child’s medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have received in this information.***