Prepare For Baby While Pregnant
All of a sudden you have an undeniable urge to clean out your closets and make homemade decorations for your new baby’s room. Trust us – it’s normal. Nesting is nature’s way of telling us it’s almost time to take care of your little one.
Nesting can actually occur at any moment in pregnancy, and while the sudden burst of energy to organize and clean everything may seem out of character, go ahead and embrace it. Just don’t overdo it!
Here are 5 fun and safe ways to nest while you get ready for your baby:
ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY
This is an activity that will actually help you once the baby arrives. Once your pantry is organized you will quickly be able to find what you need. Toss out expired foods and canned goods. Make sure opened containers are sealed with clips. Arrange like items together (cereal, canned goods, spices, oils and staples like flour). If you want to really go overboard, head on over to your local dollar store for cute storage containers and labels to help you organize. This is a good time to organize ingredients to help make life easier once your baby arrives.
MAKE FREEZER MEALS
Finding time to cook will be hard once the baby arrives. Take any leftover veggies you didn’t eat this week, cook them up and store them in your freezer. This will save you lots of time when you need a quick meal on little sleep. Most fruits, vegetables and beans freeze well. Go ahead and research a few recipes for healthy freezer meals to get you started. Texas WIC also offers a few health guidelines to keep in mind when searching for recipes.
START A PINTEREST BOARD
After you research those recipes go ahead and add them to a newly created Pinterest board. You can make a board of all the things that inspire you – activities for you and your baby, recipes, parenting tips and just about anything else that pops in your mind. It’s also a great way to relax!
PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
Every mother has ideas on what to pack for the hospital. Call up a few family and friends to see what they suggest. Plus, it’s a great way to connect to loved ones. You might want to consider comfortable clothes and extra underwear and a nursing bra, a cell phone charger, travel-size toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and toothbrush. Also when you head to the hospital don’t forget your ID and insurance card.
SELF CARE WHILE PREGNANT
Once your baby arrives, you will be short on sleep and time. This is the perfect time to get in some extra relaxation. In fact, go ahead and get in as much time as you can doing all the things you enjoy. You deserve it.
JOIN TEXAS WIC WHILE PREGNANT
If you haven’t already, join Texas WIC. It’s a great resource for new moms that qualify. If you are pregnant, and a Texas resident that meets certain income guidelines you could qualify. Texas WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that can help you get the healthiest start for your baby. The program provides free nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and FREE food packages for mothers and children up to 5 years of age. To see if you qualify, apply online at TexasWIC.org.