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Get ready for the birth of your little one with this comprehensive month-by-month plan for everything you'll need to do to get ready for your baby.

Prepare for Baby

Get ready for the birth of your little one with this comprehensive month-by-month plan for everything you'll need to do to get ready for your baby.

Prepare for Baby

Pregnancy Month 1

  • Schedule obstetrician visits
  • Learn recommended vitamin levels
  • Take prenatal multivitamins
  • Discontinue herbal supplements
  • Decide when to tell people
  • Research morning sickness remedies
  • Begin light exercise routine
  • Use sunscreen on face
  • Increase your fiber intake
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid rodents

Pregnancy Month 2

  • If working, plan for announcement
  • See a doctor if your skin gets bad
  • Begin researching child care

Pregnancy Month 3

  • Plan a romantic getaway trip
  • Research employer’s maternity leave
  • Continue researching child care
  • Consider announcing pregnancy

Pregnancy Month 4

  • Pre-register for childbirth courses
  • Evaluate your wardrobe
  • Reduce strain with posture/movement

Pregnancy Month 5

  • Register for gifts if having a shower
  • Plan & start major nursery purchases
  • Start considering layout of nursery
  • Research trusts and estate planning
  • Create or update your will
  • Choose guardians for baby
  • Determine if you need life insurance

Pregnancy Month 6

  • Discuss labor pain relief options
  • Talk with your mother about her labor
  • Watch videos about birth
  • Read books about baby’s 1st year
  • Try a grocery delivery service
  • Consider maternity massage therapy
  • Get hospital pre-admission papers
  • Choose a pediatrician

Pregnancy Month 7

  • Research birth announcements
  • Buy car seat and install properly
  • Get hospital stay pre-authorized
  • Tour maternity ward with your partner
  • Watch for premature labor
  • Consider labor exercises
  • Decide on a “birth plan”
  • Add baby to your health insurance
  • Finalize terms of your will(s)
  • Finalize life/disability insurance
  • Return hospital pre-admission papers

Pregnancy Month 8

  • Plan for breastfeeding
  • Learn breast/bottle feeding techniques
  • Set up hair/beauty appointments
  • Pay “ahead” major bills
  • Learn about postpartum symptoms
  • Plan what to take to the hospital
  • Purchase nipples, bottles and pump
  • Complete nursery purchases
  • Fill out disability paperwork
  • Discuss exact disability leave date
  • Check car seat installation

Pregnancy Month 9

  • Review books - baby’s coming soon!
  • Finish setting up nursery
  • Pack luggage for you and your partner
  • Discuss post-delivery birth control
  • Birth plan with partner & obstetrician
  • Get sleep & gentle exercise
  • Stock kitchen with easy meals
  • Make emergency contact list
  • Wash new baby clothes and blankets

After Birth

  • YOU DID IT!
  • Visit pediatrician on day 3
  • Visit lactation consultant
  • Setup obstetrician visit for week 6
  • Add baby to health insurance
  • Complete childcare arrangements
  • Send birth announcements
  • Introduce the bottle to the baby
  • Adjust pre-tax Flexible Spending
  • Make baby life insurance beneficiary
  • Update wills/trust with baby's name
  • Begin college savings plan

Ideas for Registery

  • Car seat
  • Diaper bag
  • 7 receiving blankets
  • Bouncer chair with toy/music bar
  • Night light
  • Crib mobile
  • Baby bathtub
  • Water thermometer
  • 2-4 hooded baby towels
  • Baby washcloths
  • Activity floor mat
  • 1-2 Mattress pads
  • 10 cloth diapers
  • 3 fitted sheets
  • 7 new-born size baby clothes
  • White noise machine
  • 7 zero-to-three month baby clothes
  • Breast pads
  • 3 swaddles
  • coat / sunhat / mittens / booties
  • baby swim gear
  • teething toy
  • rattle
  • 10 bibs
  • pack n' play
  • Baby spoons
  • breast-feeding apron
  • Touch and feel baby books
  • Changing table pad
  • Changing table
  • Laundry basket for baby-only laundry
  • Diaper Bin
  • Diaper wipes warmer / dispenser
  • Digital video camera
  • Baby monitor
  • Swing
  • Bassinet, cradle, or co-sleeper
  • Crib and mattress
  • Wearable infant carrier like Ergo Baby or Baby Bjorn
  • Stroller

Drugstore Items

  • Infant sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic laundry detergent
  • Infant digital thermometer
  • Nail file
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Batteries
  • New-born size diapers
  • Diaper wipes
  • Infant fever reducer drops
  • Infant gas relief drops / gripe water
  • Nasal bulb aspirator or NoseFrida
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Baby wash
  • Baby powder
  • Vasaline or petroleum jelly
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Baby lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Kleenex

Mobile Apps and Music

  • App to track feeding & pooping times
  • App that tracks labor contractions
  • Ambient music
  • Soothing music