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Third Trimester

Q&A: Stressed About Getting It All Done For Baby's Arrival?

I’m stressed about getting it all done before baby arrives. Any tips?

It’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed with all the things you have to do to prepare for baby. From decorating the nursery to packing your hospital bag to finding a pediatrician, there’s a lot to cover. But don’t freak out. There’s only a small group of things that must be done before baby arrives. Those are the bare necessities: buying the essential safety items like a car seat and crib (or bassinet); stocking up on newborn must-haves like clothes, bedding and diapers; getting feeding gear (if you’re bottle-feeding; if you’re breastfeeding, all baby needs is you!); and doing some light baby-proofing. Focus on those first. Once you have that stuff done, you totally shouldn’t stress. Take a deep breath and use these tips to tackle the rest of your to-dos:

Make a list: It’s important to have a to-do checklist so you stay organized. You can break it down by groups — what you want to get done and to have around the house, financial matters, etc. — and list them in order of importance. That way, if the things at the very bottom of each section of the list aren’t done by the time baby arrives, you’ll be more relaxed knowing the big stuff is out of the way.

Get recommendations: Save research time by asking friends and family members for recommendations and referrals for things like finding a good pediatrician. Your OB might even have some good baby docs in mind.

Delegate: No, you don’t have to do it all. Instead, ask for help. Your partner can put together the crib on his own and your mother-in-law can whip up a few casseroles you can freeze to have on hand to eat during the newborn period. You’ll only make yourself crazy if you try to handle everything solo.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Try our interactive pregnancy checklist!

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Tool: Birth Plan

By The Bump Editors