If you’re pregnant, you may wake up one morning and suddenly feel an urge to clean every surface in your home. There’s no need to panic—the strong desire to clean and organize during pregnancy is called nesting. The nesting instinct can occur at any time during pregnancy, but it’s typically strongest in the weeks leading up to delivery. During the final stretch of pregnancy, your body focuses on preparing your home for your new baby. Feel the need to clean? Check out these things to do when you’re nesting during pregnancy.
Wash Your Baby’s Essentials
An important task you can complete during the nesting phase is your little one’s laundry. Who knew such a tiny person could need so many outfits? You need to thoroughly wash all your baby’s essentials. You must clean baby blankets, swaddles, hooded towels, and burp cloths prior to your baby’s arrival. In other words, anything that touches your little one’s skin should go in the washing machine.
Since newborns have delicate skin, be sure to wash all items with a baby-friendly detergent. You don’t want to unknowingly cause a rash or serious skin reaction by using a cleaning agent not suitable for young children.
Stock Your Pantry
You have plenty of feedings, diaper changes, contact naps, and more to look forward to during the newborn stage. When you’re becoming acquainted with your baby, you’ll lose any semblance of routine. You should have a fully stocked pantry for quick snack ideas because you may not have time to make a proper meal.
While you’re nesting, carve out some time to go through your pantry and throw away expired items. Once you know everything is fresh, make a list of some easy, nutritious foods to pick up at the grocery store. Simple items like trail mix, protein bars, pretzels, and mixed nuts provide a quick fix when you’re ravenous and need to eat something fast.
Pack Your Hospital Bag
Another important thing to do when you’re nesting during pregnancy is to pack your hospital bag. Contrary to what you see in the movies, it’s not a good idea to blindly throw random items in a duffle bag before you make a mad dash to the hospital. Instead, take your time and thoughtfully consider the items you do and don’t need to bring with you. If you already have a child, remember what was most useful during your hospital stay and leave the rest at home.
By packing your hospital bag when your mind is calm and clear, you’ll avoid bringing unnecessary items. Keep in mind that the hospital will provide you and your baby with several essentials, so you probably don’t need to bring as much as you think.
Knowing how to prepare your home for the arrival of a newborn will put your mind at ease throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy. Once you’ve completed your nesting tasks, you can excitedly focus on your little one’s arrival.