Baby Checklists

Get Organised Before Baby Arrives!

The big day is fast approaching and it is almost time to meet your newborn baby. If you have a month to go, or less, you probably have an endless to-do list of what needs to be done and what needs to be sorted out before baby’s arrivals.

Listed below are a few tips to help you get organised before the big day arrives:

  •             If you have stopped working or are soon going on maternity leave, make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork to claim UIF and are aware of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) guidelines.
  •             On the home front, hire a helper (for a few days) or enlist the services of your mom, mother in law or sister to help you clean out cupboards, repack the grocery cupboard and prepare the nursery. Remember not to lift any heavy objects. It may be a good idea to arrange a cleanup a few days before the due date.
  •             If you have older children, try to arrange that a family or friend babysits while in hospital. This will take some of the pressure off your partner.
  •             If you have older children at school, try to arrange lifts to and from school with friends for a few days.
  •             Pre-plan meals and try to prepare meals which can be frozen. These will prove to be a lifesaver towards the end of your pregnancy and will also come in handy for your partner, while you are in hospital. A lot of meals can be safely frozen for up to three months, these precooked meals will again prove to be fantastic timesavers after baby arrives and time is limited.
  •             Stock up on non-perishable items, such as coffee, tea, biscuits, long life milk, cereals, etc. You will probably have a home full of visitors once at home – be prepared!
  •             Take care of the bills. If you are not yet registered for Internet banking, it is a great time to start. Set up beneficiaries and set up future dated payments. If you do not have Internet access, be sure to list your accounts, the amounts to be paid and hand it over to your partner.
  •             Buy or download thank you cards off the Internet. Most new moms and babies are given tons of gifts. Having thank you cards on hand will save time.
  •             Make sure you partner has a list of who needs to be informed of the baby’s arrival.   If you are employed, remember to include a work contact.
  •             Ensure that the baby’s hospital bag and your baby is ready and waiting (do this at least four weeks before your due date).

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