Preparing your home for baby becomes a bit of an obsession while pregnant. The act of nesting is one that most creatures do by habit. You’ll find that many animals prepare their nests for their children. You’ll even notice that the urge gets stronger during the 38th and 39th weeks of pregnancy which is completely normal.
You will need to proceed with household chores and obligations with caution considering your current state. In fact, your doctor may put you on bed rest, so good luck putting those last minute touches on the baby’s nursery. If you’re lucky enough to stay on your feet, you may not be allowed to climb, reach for items high on a shelf, stand on ladders or lift anything with any weight to it, though, while you’re pregnant.
Use this list to satisfy your nesting urges.
Shop with convenience in mind.
Start thinking about the staples that you would normally keep in your pantry. Buy them in bulk and make sure to store them in lidded containers where they remain safe. Reducing the number of trips you’ll need to take to the store with a newborn is key. It will save you time and your sanity. If you see that a grocery store or health food store is having a sale on items, stock up on them so that you have them when you need the items most.
Meal prep so you’ll always have something to eat even when you don’t feel like cooking.
A little advanced preparation makes a world of difference when it comes to the meals and snacks you eat. There will be days when you don’t feel like cooking. That’s why investing in a large freezer is essential. You can make food in advance, freeze it, and reheat it whenever you need to. You’ll also have plenty of premade food options that you made up to choose from for a quick lunch or snack. You’re able to gain greater control over the quality of the foods you eat that way.
Stock up on baby necessities such as bottles, diapers, wipes, and rash cream.
Having plenty of these items on hand ensures that you don’t need to shop for them later on. You won’t be forced to make a late night diaper run after the baby is born because you’re down to the last of the Pampers. You’ll have what you need to make baby happy and comfortable. Make sure to add these items in bulk on your baby registry so that you’re able to save money initially, too.
Break down big jobs into smaller more manageable tasks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, either. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You could easily overdo it and cause yourself to be limited on what you’re able to do to nest going forward. Ask your family or friends over to help you and enjoy the added benefit of their company as you put together a crib, hang art on the nursery walls or meal prep for the upcoming week.