Are you expecting a new baby in the next few weeks? I totally get it, the anticipation can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back! I’ve rounded up my top 5 tips for getting your home ready for your new arrival in just two weeks.
Declutter your home
Decluttering your home can sound like a daunting task, especially when you’re expecting a newborn! But it’s easier than you think to get your home ready for your newest addition. Honestly decluttering has always been overwhelming for me, but I feel SO much better when I declutter my space. It usually ends up always worth the effort for me!
Here are some steps to follow to declutter before baby arrives:
- Step 1: Choose two or three rooms that you frequent most often (most likely this will be your living room, kitchen and bedroom).
- Step 2: Start by noticing where things tend to pile up. For me, that’s always been laundry. While that’s not going to magically go away, try to find a new place for these items to go so they stop piling up!
- Step 3: Let’s “Marie Kondo” your stuff! Let’s clear out what you don’t need or want anymore. Go through each drawer, cabinet and shelf and ask yourself, “Do I still need/want this item?”
- Step 4: Make 3 piles, “Keep, Donate, Toss” and put everything into 1 of those piles.
- Step 5: Organize the “keep” items, throw away the “toss” items (or recycle if possible) and give away the “donate.”
Turn on some music and make it fun! Maybe ask a friend to come over and help. Make it a task/favor for your baby registry, and give them days they need to show up on.
By following these simple steps over the course of just a few days or a weekend, you can quickly create a stress-free and comfortable newborn-ready environment in your own home.
The thought of cooking a ton of food in one go can be intimidating, but batch cooking is a lifesaver, especially when you’re getting ready to welcome your newborn into the world. You’ll thank yourself later!
I loved making my own version of these lactation cookies I found a recipe for online. I refused to limit myself on the delightful cookies. The best part? YOU CAN (and should!) FREEZE THE DOUGH! I remember making 3 batches at a time, scooping the cookies, freezing them overnight on trays, and then bagging them all up in freezer bags. I got to pop a handful into the oven and have fresh cookies daily if I really wanted to. It was one of the best things I did for myself postpartum.
Here are a few simple steps to follow to get started in your overall meal prep:
- Step 1: Plan out your meals. Choose recipes that are easy to make in large quantities, and make a list of all the ingredients you will need.
- Step 2: Go grocery shopping. Try to do this a few days before you plan to start cooking, so you have everything you need on hand.
- Step 3: Set aside a block of time to cook. Depending on how much you want to make, you may need several hours or even a full day to get everything done. Consider getting the help of a friend or family member to make it more fun!
- Step 4: Cook in batches. Prepare one recipe at a time, and portion it out into individual servings. Use freezer-safe containers or bags, and be sure to label everything with the name of the dish and the date it was made.
- Step 5: Freeze your meals. Once everything is cooked and portioned out, place the containers in the freezer. They will keep for several months, so you can have a variety of meals ready to go whenever you need them.
By following these steps, you can create a stockpile of nutritious, homemade meals that will make the first few weeks with your newborn a little bit easier!
Psst: wanna skip the cooking? You can hire outside businesses company to prep and package easy, nutritious meals for you. I loved using Fit Food Cuisine, who makes delicious meals that are clean but still flavorful. They easily warmed up in the microwave, and between my husband and myself, we never had leftovers.
Stock up on essentials (& not just baby essentials)
You’re likely already thinking about things like diapers, wipes, bottles, etc… But have you considered stocking up on regular household items like paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher soap…?
For me personally, I made sure to create at least a 3 month supply of essentials, especially things for my skincare routine. It was probably one of the first things I was able to do for myself that helped me feel grounded and more like “me” – since it was a ritual I had for myself before I was even pregnant.
Another tip would be to set these items up on Amazon Subscribe and Save so they’ll show up on your doorstep and you never have to worry about running out those first few months with your newborn!
Put together a baby care basket
A baby care basket, or sometimes called a “downstairs” basket is a lifesaver those first few weeks home with a new baby. Oftentimes, you’re in one space with the baby for most of the day and find yourself “trapped” under a sleeping baby without the supplies you need!
A baby care basket can solve that for you. Basically, it’s a container you can keep in each room of the house that has all the essentials for baby (and you!) so you’re not running around from room to room getting the things you need.
Usually, the baby care basket includes diapers, wipes, burp cloths, extra clothes, pacifiers, and anything else you might need for the baby frequently. I loved using this carrier from Skiphop for my basket – which I still use today! It makes a great bedside endtable basket.
I also like to think about including things for the parent like nipple cream, breast pads, chap-stick, lactation cookies, snacks, etc. Even a water bottle, if it can be afforded (and maintained with clean water).
In addition to keeping you from running from room to room, a baby care basket will help you stay organized and support reducing clutter in your home.
Light your home the right way
Maybe this is important to me because I’m a photographer, I don’t know 😉 but lighting is one I don’t see talked about too often!!
Proper lighting can help create a calm and comfortable atmosphere for both you and your baby.
First, look at the rooms you’ll spend the most time in (typically kitchen, living room, bedrooms). You’ll want to consider the type of lighting you have in each room.
- Do you want to add a lamp option (yes, even in the kitchen)?
- Under cabinet lights?
- How about a dimmer switch for the overhead lights?
- What about small wall plug in lights to help light the way in the halls for the middle of the night?
The right lighting can help frustrating or overly stimulating situations feel much more calm and peaceful.
Finally, safety is also a consideration when it comes to lighting. Make sure that all cords and outlets are safely tucked away and secured to prevent tripping or electrical hazards.
Consider if you want any lighting that connects to your phone or a remote so that you can make changes in case you become babylocked during naptime or feeding.
Prepare YOUR wardrobe
Of course we’re thinking a lot about how to prepare for the baby, but don’t forget about yourself! What I wear, how it feels on my body, and how it makes me feel are just as important as the functionality.
Preparing your wardrobe for the first 2-3 weeks postpartum is an important step in getting ready for the arrival of your new baby.
Comfort and functionality are key during this time! You’ll want to focus on loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that can accommodate changes in your body shape and allow for easy breastfeeding access if you plan to breastfeed.
I had a number of clothes that once I found out they worked out well for me, I bought multiple of them to last me between washes. From soft bamboo pajamas, nursing and pumping bras from Kindrey Bravely, to these nursing shirts on Amazon, and even a couple rompers with openings for nursing, many of these items I have either added to my regular wardrobe 2 years later, or I am 100% saving for the next baby.
Overall, consider investing in a few nursing bras (maybe a sleeping bra), loose-fitting pants or leggings, and comfortable tops that are easy to pull up or down. Some women also find it helpful to have a couple of nursing-friendly dresses on hand for a dressier option.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will likely still be bleeding for a few weeks, so having a few pairs of comfortable and absorbent underwear or postpartum pads on hand is a good idea.
Remember, the key to preparing your wardrobe for the first few weeks postpartum is to prioritize comfort and practicality. By doing so, you can focus on bonding with your new baby without worrying about your clothing or physical discomfort!
Which of these tips are you going to do first? Did you learn something new today? Let me know in the comments!