5 Things You Should Do Before Baby Arrives

by Nicole Hempeck on April 23, 2021

Having a baby is a momentous occasion but when it happens, it’s all consuming and it literally takes over every part of your life. And trust me when I say, if you are a first time mom, it will be a little while before you will get back to an hour of time that’s all about you - so take some time before baby arrives and indulge a bit.

Get a haircut

Head to the salon and get those locks trimmed up because when baby arrives, a free hour will be hard to come by. So splurge a little by going to a salon that offers a scalp and neck massage for a bit of additional indulgence.

You’ll be thankful that you took the time now to get a cut so when you do have a free hour to pop out with your honey for a quick bite to eat without baby, you’ll still look put together. Just don’t forget to change the shirt with the spit up on it.

Mani Pedi

A manicure and pedicure is a nice indulgence to take with your favorite good book. Head for some quiet time in your own head while getting beautiful - it will be a rarity in those first few months of newborn life, so enjoy the clarity of thought now.

Lunch with Your Girlfriends

You may still have lunch with the girlfriends when your little one comes along, but it’s a different dynamic when you have a diaper bag and infant carrier to tote around with you. Your focus and attention isn’t quite what it used to be and you don’t get to savor that fantastic meal from your favorite local lunch spot like you once did.

Make some time for an extra long date with your favorite girlfriends for an uninterrupted chat fest that doesn’t include baby talk. You’ll thank me later.

Go to the Movies

This may seem silly - but it becomes a rarity when the kids come along. You never realize how easy it was to just pick up and head to the movies prior to having that first child. So, do it a few times before you have to pay for a sitter to make it happen.

Date Night

Indulge in a few quality evenings with your significant other. When baby comes, you’ll enter a new phase in your relationship and it will be new, exciting and terrifying all at the same time. You’ll be looking to the future, yet reminiscing about the days gone by - so indulge in a few fun date nights.

Find some great restaurants that don’t include a kids menu, go to a play or concert together, stay up much too late walking on the beach - do things you may not get to do easily once you have a child to consider.

Having a child is a momentous occasion - but if this is your first child, trust this mother of three when I tell you that you’ll miss those carefree days. Even though you are so unbelievably excited for the days ahead with the addition of your family on the way and there is nothing you’ll trade for it, there is merit in savoring those last few days before that first bundle of joy arrives.

And, If this is your second, third or fourth child…etc… the above suggestions still have merit, and you know I have a point. So get a sitter. Or Grandma.

Time’s a tickin’.

Image: ChepeNicoli


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busy kids=happy mom April 23, 2021 at 6:50 am

Before my second child came - whenever I had a chance for a nap - I took it! Don’t wait too long to do these fun things - you might be feeling like a house!

Penny W. April 23, 2021 at 7:26 am

I totally agree, my advice to every pregnant friend was, “Naps and Movies, as frequently as possible!” because you may never get one again for years!

Love the haircut tip, too!

stephy-lou April 24, 2021 at 2:37 am

i’ve done all these things and i’m still waiting for my bebe! should i just start the list again from the top till it arrives??

MomHomeGuide.com April 24, 2021 at 6:22 am

If there are things you’d like to do to your house before the baby arrives, I’d do it before getting pregnant! I got pregnant two months after moving into my new house, so I couldn’t paint or remodel, etc. And when I was put on bedrest, I wasn’t allowed to cook or clean, so if you plan on getting pregnant, it might be a good idea to hire a cleaning service, too! (I think my carpets only got cleaned three or so times while I was pregnant.)

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