So you’re having a baby and Pinterest is totally overwhelming you with ideas how to prepare for a newborn. These are my 3 favorite EASY hacks that take hardly any time, are budget-friendly and actually have an impact on life with a newborn.
If you’re anything like me, you always want to get seven hundred things done at the same time.
And you end up accomplishing nothing because you didn’t know where to start.
That’s exactly what happened when I was pregnant with Em: I wanted to be super mom and do everything Pinterest has to offer.
And then she arrived a little earlier than expected and we didn’t even have a sleeping bag for her.
Granted – she was our first and we had no clue what to expect. But I also hadn’t managed to clean up the house, freeze any meals that didn’t have garlic or onions in them or even made sure I had a paediatrician for my newborn!
This time around I was a little wiser. No, I didn’t start preparing for the baby the day I found out I was pregnant. Au contraire, my friends.
I scaled down. Way, way down.
By not putting a ton of things on my list to get ready for baby (most of them unnecessary by the way), I could actually focus on what I absolutely HAD to do and what would really make a difference once the nugget arrived.
And by the way: Keeping a postpartum „to eat“ list is not unnecessary. At all. 😉
If you know me a little, you’re very aware of the fact that I like to keep things simple to make them work. And today I want to share the three simplest hacks I figured out would help me the most.
Of course I can’t guarantee if they’ll be useful to you and your baby – every kid is SO different! Heck, I don’t even know if they’ll be useful for me.
But from my experiences after having Em, these are the minimal-effort things I wish I had done before her birth.
3 Simple Hacks To Prepare For A Newborn Baby
1. Keep baby’s first outfit and their blanket in your bed
The power of mama’s scent is no joke. Baby will LOVE it!
Em was extremely difficult to put down anywhere, at any given time. When I was baby wearing her and even just slightly bent forward she immediately started stirring and complaining.
But then I figured out she just needed to feel safe. And what’s safer than mama?!
So when I started putting her down on a worn t-shirt of mine, she would calm down a lot more often. Not necessarily for a long time, but at least long enough for me to take a quick shower. Or pour a glass of water.
With a newborn, it really is the little things that matter.
This time I thought it would be even better if I could do something similar from the beginning, so I’ve been keeping two tiny outfits and baby’s blanket in my bed since around week 38.
This way baby will immediately be surrounded by mama’s scent and hopefully feel safe, snuggled and loved even when I’m going for a two second pee.
So once you have your newborn capsule wardrobe ready – pack a few pieces into your bed and snuggle them at night!
2. Keep a few cold packs in your fridge
Really, so valuable for so many things.
I had a c-section with Em and it would have been so good to have something to cool my stitches. It would also have been awesome to have something to cool my boobs after nursing (just FYI: it’s also great to have something to warm your boobs before nursing or while pumping!).
And from what the internet is telling me, I’ll be really glad to have something to cool my lady parts this time around. Assuming I’m not having another c-section for some reason, of course.
3. Prepare a few changing baskets to stash around your home
Because you probably won’t change your baby on a designated changing table all the time.
I didn’t believe this one at all when I was pregnant with my first. But in the end it turned out to be so true!
If you have a changing table in a nursery but baby is sleeping in a bassinet in your room – will you really feel like walking to the changing table multiple times per night?
And do you feel comfortable leaving your toddler alone playing in the living room while you’re taking the baby to another room (or even another floor) to get changed?
I even have a changing basket ready underneath my nightstand now, so I can change my newborn on our bed right after nightly feedings.
If you want to know what needs to go into your changing baskets – I put together a free checklist for you to download !
I’m sure having taken these three simple steps to prepare for a newborn will help me have a smoother time postpartum. Or at least slightly less stressful than last time.
- I’m hopefully making baby feel as comfortable as possible! Being born must be so stressful, no need to immediately add the smell of laundry detergent on clothes!
- I won’t have to rush Brani around to find me something to cool down sore body parts. I’d rather keep his energy up to look after baby during the night 😉
- I won’t be running around our home just to get baby changed. And by changed I mean 12 times per day. And also I won’t have random diapers and wipe boxes everywhere like I did with Em, because they’re now contained in baskets and boxes.
These are three really simple things to prepare for a new baby, definitely nothing overwhelming there!
If you feel like you don’t know where to start, or just want to do a few simple to feel more ready for baby: These three tips will definitely be valuable once your newborn arrives!
Just so you know: Don’t feel bad if you don’t get as much done as you feel like you „should“. I believe you probably can’t ever truly be ready for what comes after giving birth.
All you can do is try to make the time with a newborn simpler. Don’t focus on perfection, focus on making your life easier. At the end of the day, it really is more important to have a few good systems in place than to have the perfect wall color in your nursery.
And don’t forget to – just a little less you need to keep in mind 🙂