Nesting is a great way to get ready for your baby. But, it's not just about shopping for baby clothes and test-driving new baby strollers. You've got lots to do before your baby arrives. Here are 15 things to keep you busy when you feel the need to nest!
15 Deep Clean
When the urge to nest hits, you may find yourself wanting to wash windows and scrub grout lines clean. Enlist the help of your partner, family, or friends to give your house a thorough once-over before baby's due to arrive. Or, better yet, if you can afford the splurge, hire a cleaning service to do it for you.
14 Diaper Stockpile
Get to work on your diaper stockpile! Scout out coupons for diapers and start getting them on the cheap. Buy a pack every time you go to the store. And don't buy all newborn or size one diapers. Get a variety of different sizes, so that when it's time to move up a size, you already have some. Most stores will let you return unopened diapers. (Save receipts and check the store policy just in case.)
13 Yard Sale Hopping
A lot of people sell baby and kid stuff at yard sales. If you have the room and you're the type that likes to buy stuff in advance, you never know what stuff you can score super cheap, even if it has to sit in storage for a while.
12 Pack Your Bag
There are lots of lists on the Internet with ideas for what to pack in your hospital bag. Some lists include the bare minimum; others suggest bringing makeup and a fancy robe. Take whatever you really think you'll need--maybe your own nightgown and socks, toiletries, and other essentials. Don't forget an outfit for the baby. And here's something to keep in mind: leave some room for what you bring home! Ask the nurses if you can take home extra mesh panties, pads, ice packs, opened diapers and wipes, blankets, etc.
11 Pack His Bag
Make sure dad has his bag packed, too! A change of clothes, some toiletries, snacks, a camera, phone chargers, something to read, etc. Give him a list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses so that you can put him in charge of communication if need be.
10 Install the Car Seat
A lot of local fire stations will install and inspect your car seat. It might seem silly to ride around with an empty car seat, but it's better to have it installed in advance before you really need it!
9 Do Laundry
Get your baby's wardrobe washed and organized. Start figuring out where stuff is going to go because you'll likely end up getting even more of it as baby gets older. One tip: wait to cut tags off of new stuff in case your baby doesn't wear it or the clothes are too small.
Go through all of your baby items, your registry, and make a list of what you already have so that you can figure out what you still need. There are lots of ready-made newborn checklists on the internet to help you get started.
If painting isn't your thing, decals are a fun way to spice up the walls. You can also look for cute artwork on Etsy or DIY something from Pinterest. Nurseries don't need to have a theme, either. If you can't decide between jungle animals or airplanes, maybe just pick a simple color scheme that's easy to add to or change later.
6 Say Thank You
If you've had a baby shower or have been the recipient of a lot of gifts, you're going to have some thank you card writing to do. You're probably not going to feel like doing it once the baby arrives, so do it now. It's a good time to update your address book, too!
5 Get a Grandparents Gift
If the grandparents are going to be there to welcome the new little one into the world, maybe you can provide them with a special gift to celebrate their grandparent status.
4 Get a Gift for Dad
Get or make a thank you gift for the new dad ahead of time and stash it in a hiding place until you arrive home with the baby. It could be something practical (coffee, snacks, and aspirin) or sentimental (picture frame or a thank you letter). Whatever you choose, it will be much appreciated.
3 Research Newborn Photographers
Check out Pinterest for ideas for cute and clever newborn photos. Ask around or search for local newborn photographers and get an idea of what type of pictures you'd like to have taken. Or plan how to DIY your own newborn photo shoot!
2 Stock Up
In addition to all the baby stuff you're buying, don't forget to make sure you have stuff that you'll need around the house. Buy a lot of nonperishable, essential items in advance so that you don't have to send someone running to the store because you ran out of soap or toilet paper. Make sure you have things like shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, laundry detergent, paper towels, and trash bags.
1 Stock Your Freezer
Whether you buy frozen meals or make big batches in advance, it's always good to have a ton of food already prepared and ready to defrost and cook. Start making enough of your favorite meals for leftovers. Or, look for new recipes that freeze and reheat well. And don't forget foods for breakfast and lunch, too!