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Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

I’m stressed about getting it all done before baby arrives. Any tips?

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I’m stressed about getting it all done before baby arrives. Any tips?

The Bump Expert

It’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed with all the things you have to do to prepare for baby. From decorating the nursery to packing your hospital bag to finding a pediatrician, there’s a lot to cover. But don’t freak out. There’s only a small group of things that must be done before baby arrives. Those are the bare necessities: buying the essential safety items like a car seat and crib (or bassinet); stocking up on newborn must-haves like clothes, bedding and diapers; getting feeding gear (if you’re bottle-feeding; if you’re breastfeeding, all baby needs is you!); and doing some light baby-proofing. Focus on those first. Once you have that stuff done, you totally shouldn’t stress. Take a deep breath and use these tips to tackle the rest of your to-dos:

Make a list: It’s important to have a to-do checklist so you stay organized. You can break it down by groups -- what you want to get done and to have around the house, financial matters, etc. -- and list them in order of importance. That way, if the things at the very bottom of each section of the list aren’t done by the time baby arrives, you’ll be more relaxed knowing the big stuff is out of the way.

Get recommendations: Save research time by asking friends and family members for recommendations and referrals for things like finding a good pediatrician. Your OB might even have some good baby docs in mind.

Delegate: No, you don’t have to do it all. Instead, ask for help. Your partner can put together the crib on his own and your mother-in-law can whip up a few casseroles you can freeze to have on hand to eat during the newborn period. You’ll only make yourself crazy if you try to handle everything solo.

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Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

I'm 37 weeks pregnant with my second daughter, and I found that I'm having that "I don't have everything ready" feeling. I finally realized that I was worrying about having items that the baby wasn't even going to need for a few months! I think if moms prioritize items, and break down their "needs" list, they'll find what items are necessary for baby's arrival, and what items can be obtained afterward. Things needed right away: NB diapers, crib/bassinet sheets, burping cloths, a handful of onesies, mittens (to prevent baby nails scratching), nursing cover (if breastfeeding), bottles & formula (if not breastfeeding). Everything else can wait a few weeks!

KaiylaKards |

Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

I completely agree with making a list. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with things (pregnant or not) and can't seem to focus and start anything until it's written. There have been plenty of times that I felt I had more to do than what was written on my list. Take everything one step at a time. I'm 33 weeks right now and I'm realizing that many of the things I was worried about can still be done later on. My house will never be as clean as I imagine, and I can't freeze time....so refocus and enjoy the now :)

shaken101 |

Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

You shouldn't worry about bringing your baby home that much. There are people who have new mobile homes and don't worry that much. Think about them and now think about what you can do.

PowerFlowerPower |

Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

When my wife got pregnant with our little Susie, we got so organised that we had finished everything before the baby came. Everyone helped, friends and family. We even had a little time left to renovate the bathroom with a pretty vessel sink vanity and a more eco friendly baby bathtub.

bertiehumphry |

Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

I'm also stressed to get all done before my wife gives birth. My funds are very limited so I would really need some tips about how to Renovate Your Home for Under $500.

deanjohnson |

Q&A: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

It's important to renovate your home before the baby comes. I was in the same situation last year, I even made some custom staircases.

deanjohnson |