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Last Minute Things to Do

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Once you hit the last month of pregnancy you should have almost all of the supplies and furniture you need for your baby. If you are having a nursery, you probably have it already decorated and set up. But don’t forget the other things you’ll need for going and coming home from the hospital!

Hospital Bag for You
By the time you hit 37 weeks you should make sure that you have your hospital bag packed and ready to go. You may even want to have it in the trunk of your car. Every labor is different and since you do not know if you will go into labor at home, in the middle of the night, or while you are out of the house, you want to be prepared ahead of time. You won’t want to go into labor and not have time to pack a bag or take anything with you to the hospital. Things you might want to include in your bag are:

  • Pajamas/lounging outfit for after the baby is born, if you don’t want to be stuck in the hospital gown
  • Music for during and after labor
  • Camera/video camera to record the birth and get your first pictures of baby
  • Snacks for during labor for you and your labor partner
  • Maxi-pads to go home in (the hospital will supply what you need while there)
  • Clothes to go home in
  • Any medicine you are on, including your prenatal vitamins
  • Birth Plan
  • Phone cards to call family and friends long distance if cell phones are not allowed in your room
  • List of numbers of who to call after the baby comes

Hospital Bag for Your Baby
You also want to make sure that you have a bag packed for your baby, or that you pack some stuff for your baby in your hospital bag. Some things you may want to include are:

  • Going home outfit
  • Gowns for baby while in hospital
  • Special baby blanket
  • Cloth diapers if you choose
  • Diapers/Wipes (hospital will supply some but it is always good to have extras!)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Scratch mitts for babies hands

Other Last Minute Things to Do
If it is possible, get as much sleep as you can in the last weeks before your baby arrives. Chances are you won’t get much sleep after your baby is in your arms. Make your lists of who to call and when to call them. Double check your birth plan and go over it with your doctor or midwife.

Some women are concerned about how they will look “down there” while giving birth. If you choose, go in for a bikini wax and trim a couple of weeks before your due date. Shaving at this point in pregnancy is probably not possible, so have a professional help you.

Try to get away for a quiet weekend just you and your partner before the baby comes. This last chance for quiet time and bonding will be appreciated in the months after your baby arrives and you find that you have very little time alone, or with each other. If you have other kids, arrange with a family member or friend to keep them for a night or a weekend.

Get a facial, get your nails done, or other things that help you relax and are just for you. Once your baby arrives it will be difficult to find time to pamper yourself, so be sure to pamper yourself while you still can.

These last weeks of pregnancy will be tiring as well as joyful. It is important that you try to relax and enjoy the last minutes of your pregnancy and your baby’s movements before you enter a whole new phase of your life.


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8 Responses to “Last Minute Things to Do”

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    Jessi Says:

    When my first child was born, we made sure to bring our humidifier– It was a serious lifesaver! If you can, bring one, and lotion for you & baby! Also chapstick. Hospital rooms are super dry! Especially for newborns.

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    sharon kacy Says:

    thanks to babies online am so happy n can’t wait for my baby to come,you have taught me alot of things…

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    Becky Says:

    I am due in 10 days with my 2nd lil girl. When I had my 1st daughter which just turned 8yrs old, this info wasn’t available. It has helped me so much. I just wanted to say thanks and I absolutely luv babies online. Thanks again!!

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    Helen Says:

    Your weekly update creates a form of bonding for I and my husband. Its fun knowing the devpt stages of our baby and our fears and concerns tackled with. I looove babies online. Thank you.

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    Amanda Says:

    I am so excited. With my daughter I was new and didn’t have anything like this. Now with my 2nd we are having a boy and I have learned so much. My daughter will be 7 by the time the baby comes so I will have help while hubby is at work. We have been practicing with her helping separate the laundry, putting dishes away, and we also practice quiet time where I read to her or we do a quick spa day with facials. She is so excited and I want to know if anyone has suggestions of what we can bring the “Big Sister” when we go to the hospital?

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    michelle Says:

    Loved the article, very informative. I’m 36 weeks and I can’t wait to hold my baby!!!

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    Apolonia Says:

    Im so ready I had 3 daughters so Im excited I dont do no medication all natural.

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    ruthie Says:

    I dont know what i would have done without you..i am 26wks pregnant and everything i know comes from here..i know soo much because of you..i have been spreading the knowledge to my pregnant friends and others,they think am a genious..thanks.

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