It is almost time for your baby to arrive! And what would we do without a checklist to keep us a little sane, therefore a third trimester checklist is totally a thing!
It is time to wrap up your last preparations before you bring your newborn home.
Third Trimester Checklist To Get You Ready for Your Baby
Getting Ready to Give Birth
- Pack Your Hospital Bag.
- Your Baby’s Hospital Bag. Herewith a blog post we wrote covering what you will need in a hospital bag for yourself and your birth partner!
- Book your hospital bed and made the necessary medical aid arrangements. You may also do a tour of the hospital (ask!).
- Think through your birth plan and discuss with your doctor and birth partner. Mine was as simple as, do with me what you want but I want an epidural!
- Prepare baby’s sleep space. Consider baby sleep safety guidelines as you are preparing your baby’s sleep space.
- Get ready for baby: Set up your changing station essentials.
- Purchase and wash your baby’s clothes and blankets.
- Set up your baby essentials in the home, such as toiletries, bath products, etc which you may not be taking with you to the hospital.
- Baby Proofing: although your little one will not be mobile it is still a good idea to think through baby proofing so you can get it out of the way. Example, safety gates for stairs and plug covers.
- Install your baby car seat.
- Consider purchasing a sun shield installed as well.
At work and preparing for maternity leave
- Give notice in writing about your impending maternity leave.
- Make key stakeholders aware of your upcoming maternity leave and what the plan is in your absence.
- Herewith two articles you may want to go through as you prepare for maternity leave:
Next level organised
- Start spring cleaning and getting your home clean for your new baby. ‘Nesting’ as they say.
- Get your With Love baby Journal asap.
- Start researching and thinking about child care options if you are returning to work.
- You can read some tips on how to build a relationship with your nanny to ease the anxiety.
- Also, how to use a baby care journal with your nanny and how it can help you and your nanny communicate better.
- Prepare freezer meals (trust me, it will be so worth it).
- Register and attend antenatal classes.
- At this stage, it is also a good idea to confirm your Doula (if you intend to have one). See our Interview with a Doula as well as the Birth Story of Steph who is a Doula herself. Both articles highlight the benefits of having a doula.
- If you are planning on having a lactation consultant, now is a good time to confirm who that will be. Usually your lactation consultation will come see you at the hospital after you have given birth.
- Check out mom and baby classes which you may want to participate in during pregnancy or after you have given birth and you are well enough
- Complete your shopping for your baby.
- Prepare your baby announcement.
- Do something for yourself. With baby arriving your free time will be seriously reduced.
- Spend extra special time with your loved ones. Especially if you have other children.
- Relax and play your ‘pregnancy card’ hard and true while you still can!
Now, be a good friend and share this third trimester checklist with a pregnant mama!
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