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Today I am sharing 5 ways to get due date ready because y’all… baby boy is coming NEXT MONTH and we have been in preparation overload making sure we are ready to go. Our top priority was to first have everything we need packed, so we don’t have to stress about forgetting anything. Pregnancy brain is real folks and, mixed with mom brain, I don’t know how I function without a checklist and cheat sheet.
5 Tips to Getting Due Date Ready
- Pre-Register: Most hospitals allow you to register and fill out all the necessary paperwork before you ever actually go into labor. You can do this after touring your hospital, online, or by calling and requesting the necessary forms. I am going to scream from the rooftops how amazing this was to walk right into the hospital when I was in labor with Ryker and not have to fill out one form Hallelujah! Might I also suggest talking with your insurance before and finding out what steps need to be completed for your baby to easily be added to your plan.
- Have Your Hospital Bags Packed: I kind of feel like this is a given but packing your hospital bag early really cuts down a lot of anxiety surrounding when and how you will go into labor. Also, I remember little odds and ends that I want to have with me day by day and I can just toss them in my bag by the door! Since this is baby number two, we also packed a little overnight bag for big brother with his favorite PJ’s and blankets so that he will feel comfortable and relaxed away from us. There are tons of “what to pack” sheets online but I just kept a short list in my journal last go around about what I brought, what I really didn’t use and what I wish I had. I am pretty much going off that! There are several great bags around, but I loved using my go-to oversized duffle because it has so many pockets to help me stay organized!
- Install Your Car Seats Early: I have been racking my brain how I want the boys and their car seats arranged in the back seat. I asked my friend that has 7 kids for her advice and loved what she suggested. She said that she likes to have the infant behind her seat with a mirror, so she can see her rear facing little one and then the bigger and of course more mobile kids on the other side and behind. This way, she is able to get the baby out of the car and situated first which kind of traps the big kids in the car, so they aren’t running around the parking lot and making you a nervous wreck! LOVE IT! So smart. See, this is why it takes a village people. We installed the new infant car seat and moved Ryker’s seat to the passenger side and went to our local fire station to have everything inspected for safety. Did you know they will do this for free?! Seriously awesome and puts my mind at ease. We also wanted the seats installed early so Ryker could get use to the new set up and have fewer changes all at once.
- Car Preparation: Our hospital is a little farther away from our home than most, but fortunately, not as far as last time. Ryker was delivered in a hospital over an hour away. Try sitting in a car for that long in labor… during rush hour (face palm)! This time, we are about 30 minutes away but still find it’s vital to make sure our car is reliable when the big moment comes. We make sure to always have the tank at least half full. Right when the gas hits halfway, I fill her up again, so we know the car is ready.The second prep step was for us to keep up on oil changes. My Dad taught me at a young age the importance of changing your car’s oil regularly and it has stuck with me. You can purchase Mobil 1™ Annual Protection motor oil on-shelf and can find what type of oil you will need by using the Oil Selector Tool; it’s that easy. If you are more comfortable having the professionals help you change your oil, Walmart’s Auto Care Center makes it convenient and easy to stop by or drop off your car while you shop. That way you get two things done at once! Mom WIN! If every car in the U.S. used Mobil 1 ™ Annual Protection: We would prevent or reduce enough CO2 emissions to fill the Empire State Building more than 5,000 times*Another great perk of purchasing Mobil 1™ is that Walmart customers have a chance to win a Chevy Equinox, plus $10 off their next Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart with their Earth Day Drive Away offer exclusive to Walmart! The sweepstakes runs now through April 30, 2018 and you can enter to win a Chevy Equinox two ways! First by purchasing 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ in the store or a Mobil 1™ oil change at the Auto Care Center and second by recycling any used oil at an Auto Care Center.As a bonus, shoppers that purchase 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ synthetic oil or a Mobil 1™ synthetic oil change at the Auto Care Center are also eligible to receive a $10 Select Certificate valid on a future Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart. Once shoppers have made a qualifying Mobil 1™ purchase or recycled any used oil at Walmart, they can enter to win the Chevy Equinox and/or receive their $10 Walmart Select Certificate at earthdaydriveaway.com. Limit 2 entries in the sweepstakes per customer (1 for purchasing and 1 for recycling). Receipt required to receive $10 Walmart Select Certificate. Terms and conditions, FAQs, and other information can be found at EarthDayDriveAway.com.
*Estimates made based on aggregation of the United States’ average car and motor oil statistics
- Sibling Sitter: Make arrangements ahead of time for sibling care-takers and rides to a from school and activities. Ryker isn’t old enough to be in school, but we already have a plan in place for who is watching him depending on what time of day baby decides to come. I am also going to throw in – don’t forget about finding sitters for your furry babies too! We made plans with our friends and youth from church about coming over to feed our dogs and make sure they get a little extra love and attention too.
I hope you enjoyed my suggestions and can now confidently feel at ease knowing you have everything prepared for the big moment when baby arrives!