Expecting? Final Trimester - Top Baby Arrival List
The third trimester of pregnancy is an exciting time in the life of a soon-to-be parent. You’ve taken plenty of belly photos. Maybe you’ve already got a list of names. It’s possible that you’re ready for the pregnancy to be over and for your life with your new baby to begin. It’s likely that you have some concerns about childbirth and wonder if you’re really ready.
While you can never truly prepare for such a momentous event, here are some things to make sure you’ve handled in anticipation of the big day.
Prepare your baby’s new home
Set aside a safe and quiet place for your baby to sleep, and assemble all the gear and accessories you think you might need. Wash your baby’s clothing and bedding and make sure your house is clean and free of dangerous, toxic, and unnatural materials. This is a great time to stock up on Ruby & Poe’s vegan clothing garments - you’ll have a lot less to worry about what is touching your baby’s skin when you trust their clothing is natural, breathable and super soft.
Learn what to expect when you’re in labor
For most first-time mothers, the labor process takes between 15 and 20 hours. Do some research to understand what you’ll be going through, and make a plan for how to handle the big day. Plan on how you’ll get to the hospital, who will be there with you, and how time will be managed and responsibilities delegated. Many aspects of childbirth will probably be different from what you expected, but the more you plan ahead, the more room you’ll have to improvise when the time comes.
Pay attention to your baby’s movements
As your baby kicks, twitches, and moves, keep track of any emerging patterns. This will help you attune yourself to your baby’s habits and personality. If you notice a change, let your doctor know. The more information you keep track of, the more you can provide if it’s needed.
This is also a good time to start signing to your baby. This is a way to get your baby used to the sound of your voice, so he or she knows you’re ready and the world is a safe and wonderful place.
Start building your community
As your due date draws near, you’ll be going in for physical exams, tests, and conversations. If you have a good relationship with your doctor, start asking for suggestions and referrals. This is a good time to line up a doctor or doctors for your baby.
It may also be a good idea to sign up for some classes for new parents, especially if you have concerns around topics such as breastfeeding. You’ll get valuable information and practice as well as opportunities to meet other new parents who will be excited to share community support with you.
Make sure your friends, family, and colleagues know what’s coming, and be ready to give them specific responsibilities if they offer to help. You don’t have to do this alone.
With Ruby & Poe, you’re part of a community of proud parents who live by their values of sustainability, weaving them into this crucial time in theirs and their babies’ lives. Have a look around to learn more.