All the prep work involved in welcoming your new bundle is enough to make anyone’s head spin—with or without pregnancy brain. So after you’ve prepared the nursery and been showered with gifts from your registry, check these final basic to-dos off your list:
• Properly install car seat. You’ll typically learn this in a baby basics class, but you can always stop by your local fire department to make sure you’ve installed it correctly.
• Look into options for storing or donating cord blood, if you choose.
• Buy diapers, wipes and any other baby items still needed.
• Stock the freezer with made-ahead meals that can be popped in the oven or reheated.
• Tour the hospital or birth center.
• Create a birth plan.
• Alert your health insurance company that you will be adding a baby.
• Update life insurance and wills to include your new addition, including guardianship.
• Take childbirth, baby basics and breast-feeding classes.
• Check with your insurance about getting a breast pump. Most insurance companies cover at least part of the cost of a pump; check with yours to weigh your options.
• Determine a visitation plan for grandparents, family and friends.
• Sort out your maternity leave, including whom you should inform when you go into labor.
• Find a pediatrician (Get recommendations through our online directory of Mom-Approved Pediatricians.)
• Schedule a newborn photo shoot.
• Determine who will take care of your pets, plants and home while you’re in labor and/or staying in the hospital.
• Wash all baby clothes and baby bedding.
• Set up baby’s bed.
• Purchase adult diapers (trust us, you’re going to want these if you have a vaginal delivery) and nipple balm (if you plan to breastfeed)
• Buy and wash comfortable and stretchy clothes to wear in your fourth trimester.
• Pack hospital bags for mom, dad and baby.
• Pre-register at the hospital or birthing center.
• Make a labor and delivery playlist.
• Clean the house (If it’s you who’s doing the cleaning, make sure to use a chemical-free cleansers, such as vinegar and water.)
This article was originally published in September 2017.