Post # 1
Good morning! I am so excited about this new baby board! I have some general questions about planning lists and timelines during pregnancy. Could you look over my to-do list and add anything I forgot? Or recommend a better timeline if it looks like I’m doing something too late/too early? I am over 18 weeks along, and I am due in mid-June. Thanks, hive!
Childcare arrangements: I will call this week to put the baby on the waiting list at our favorite daycare (it has a 2-year wait list). For the first year of life, we would like to hire a live-in nanny, so we’ll start interviewing nannies 3/1 and have someone hired by 6/1 (won’t actually start work until 10/1).
Baby Registry: Start 2/1 and finish by 3/1.
Painting/Decorating Nursery: Start by 3/1. End by 5/1.
Baptism Preparation: I will call 3/1 to sign up for the April baptism class. Hopefully, we’ll be able to schedule the baptism for the weekend of 6/26/ or 7/10.
Infant CPR/First Aid Certification: My mom is a trainer, so we’ll be certified by her sometime in the next month or two.
Childbirth Classes: 5 sessions starting 5/4 and ending 6/1.
Hospital Tour: Schedule sometime between 5/4 and 6/1.
Infant Care Class: One class on 5/26.
Post # 3
Oh boy- You’ve just lit a fire under me! I haven’t thought about any of this stuff yet! I’m looking forward to what others have to add.
The one thing we’ve been working on is figuring out which products we’ll be using.
We’ve picked our stroller- BOB revolution
Car seat- Britax Chaperone
Diapers- cloth (Mr. DG is totally into this!)
and are continuing to research baby carriers (Ergo) etc.
Just doing this research is burdensome as we are having to read consumer reports, various reviews, research prices etc. I feel like the skills I have from wedding planning are particularly well-suited to this task!
Post # 4
Wow, thanks for this post, I didn’t know we were getting a baby board! I feel like I haven’t really done much of anything… hubs and I just yesterday started cleaning out the man pit which in a few short months will become the baby’s room… guess it really is time to start thinking about what we’re really going to need.
Post # 5
If you’re planning on BF, I hear the BF classes are useful as well. I’m taking the class in a few weeks so I can let you know how helpful it is. I would also add “look for a pediatrician” to the list. Doctors recommend you have one picked out before you go into labor =)
Post # 6
I’m not pregnant but did tons of research for my brothers when my SILs were pregnant.
I can’t praise this product enough. BOPPYs!!!!
It’s actually a product to “prop” up the baby when s/he are old enough so they don’t roll around. But your lower back will love you and ti’s great to use as a ring around your waist to prop your arms up when bottle feeding. 🙂
Don’t forget to research soy milk or hypoallergenic products too so you’re not scrambling if your baby has allergies. TONS do. All of my niece and nephews were not able to drink regular formula.
Post # 7
Oooh, I wrote something on how to pick a pediatrician… I’ll try to find it and post it!
Post # 8
Researching a pedicatrician is a great addition! I forgot about that one… And thank you for the reminders about product research! I have done almost no research, even though I was planning on starting the registry next month. 🙂
I’m a bit of planner and list-maker, so having everything sorted out makes me feel a lot calmer. Imagine my surprise last night when some friends who are about 6 weeks behind us mentioned they were already signed up for two daycare wait lists! I was freaking out! But having a solid timeline definitely reminds me that there’s plenty of time to do everything.