There are tons of ways to prepare for a new baby but there are a few very important things you should consider to get your home ready for a new baby, too. There will be lots of changes once baby is here, so take the time now to prepare your home before your baby arrives!
My mentality has changed quite a bit for this second baby as opposed to the first one. Partially this is because when our first son was born, we lived with my parents so I didn’t have to worry as much about the upkeep of the house after the baby was born. This time around, I have a lot more to think about and prep for! So to change up our usually scheduled programming of delicious recipes, here are a handful of ways to prepare your home (and life in general!) for a new baby! These aren’t your typical get your postpartum supplies ready or prepare the nursery, but some of the things that are easily put off to the last minute.
+ Meal Prep & Stock Your Fridge
One thing that is the same thing time around from my first baby is that I definitely don’t want to have to worry about running to the grocery store in the first few postpartum weeks. It’s a bit difficult to make 100% sure your fridge is stocked before baby comes, since you can’t know for sure when the baby will arrive. But generally, you can plan ahead by making freezer meals and keeping a well-stocked pantry full of the essentials! For us that means things like extra milk, eggs, snacks, fruits and plenty of frozen veggies and meat so that when the baby does come, we have plenty of options of things to eat! It’s totally acceptable to splurge a little and get take out in the first few days or weeks, but I want to be sure we aren’t feeling forced to do that because we haven’t prepped our kitchen.
+ Schedule Meal Deliveries
Usually you can count on a handful of people to bring you meals after the baby is born, at least over the first few days or first week. But after that, it’s common for people to go back to their regular lives and that can leave a big gap in figuring out what the heck to make for dinner! This time around, we’re planning to use HelloFresh for a week or two just to get our groove back with cooking dinner every night! This will also help my husband to be able to help with dinnertime, without having to think up what to make!
+ Get Your House Cleaned!
I had my house professionally cleaned for the first time before we hosted Thanksgiving and I cannot tell you how amazing it was to not have to worry about that! I am definitely planning to do that again before the baby comes (or scheduling for right after if he comes early). I know that I do not want to have to worry about a clean house or have to have my husband help with that instead of spending time as a new family of four! We used a local company but we have also used services like Takl before! Use code 2F648 for 10% off your first service. They have everything from car detailing to moving furniture, etc!
+ Clean Your Car & Take Care of Maintenance
This is really my husband’s priority but I’m putting it on here because it’s definitely important! You’re not going to want to worry about scheduling an oil change with a newborn baby, so go ahead and get that out of the way now, even if it’s a bit early. Take care of things you might have been putting off because you’ll put them off for a few more months after baby is born! Spend a few extra bucks to have your car deep cleaned, you’ll be glad you did when you bring that new squish home from the hospital!
+ Schedule Personal Care and/or Doctor’s Appointments
Similar to not wanting to deal with an oil change with a new baby, you might find it difficult to fit in things like a pedicure, hair cut or dentist appointment. Try to schedule all of these things before baby comes so that you can enjoy your time with your new baby and use any free time you may have for things like sleep and snuggling your baby. The first time around for me, I didn’t get a pedicure in time (#priorities) and seriously regretted it for the next few months before I felt comfortable leaving my little one.
+ Declutter & Purge
You can call it nesting if you want to, but whatever the cause, the urge to declutter all the things in your last trimester is a real thing. Take advantage and get things organized- and not just the nursery. Organize cabinets, finally donate those bags sitting in your garage for the last six months, clean out your pantry before restocking it.
+ Spend Quality Time
It’s really easy to think about spending extra quality time with friends, family or especially the big-siblings-to-be, but it’s easy to put it off too. Schedule in extra date nights, family dinners, and one on one dates with your littlest one(s) before things shift for your growing family. There are tons of mother toddler/son/daughter date ideas on Pinterest, but to be honest, just taking the quality time, whether it be reading a book or going to the park, with your current only-little one will mean the world to both of you!
Mamas, how did you prepare your home for a new baby? Any other things you’d add?