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Before your baby arrives, plan ahead to prepare for a smooth transition during the first few weeks at home. Here are some ways to prepare:

  • Get a book on baby care to read and as a reference
  • Attend the class "Beyond Birth Caring for Moms and Babies"
  • Recruit help from family and friends. When people offer to help, give them something specific to do, such as making a meal, doing laundry or entertaining an older sibling for an afternoon. Put up a calendar and have people sign up to help out on certain days.
  • A few weeks before your due date, go to the grocery store and stock up on non-perishables you'll need in the first few weeks at home
  • Prepare meals and put them in the freezer
  • Prepare as if you were going on vacation for several weeks. Pay your bills and catch up on other correspondence.
  • Refrain from scheduling appointments or other social activities during the first few weeks you are home with the baby
  • Complete projects that might seem overwhelming after the baby arrives
  • Do some "nesting." Set up your home for comfort and convenience
  • If you haven’t picked a name for the baby, now is the time to make a list of possibilities

For more information go to www.kidshealth.org.