Adding another baby to the mix? Life is understandably going to
get even busier, so it pays to get a few things organised before
the birth of your next child. Here's what was at the of our to-do
lists when preparing for the arrival of second (or third, or
fourth, or fifth!!) babies!
1. Stock up. Spread the cost
(and the organisation) of all the extra supplies you will require
over the months leading up to the birth. Buy extra nappies, wipes,
maternity pads, breast pads, laundry powder, and toilet paper and
stash them away. It helps to have plenty of the basics in stock
before shopping gets a whole lot more challenging!
2. Cook and freeze. Any meals, soup and baking
you can prepare ahead and stash in your freezer will be appreciated
once your next baby arrives. We guarantee it! Also, buy plenty of
fast dinner solutions (fish cakes, fresh pasta, pizza bases, tinned
food etc) and stock up the freezer and pantry so you have plenty of
easy meals at hand for hungry toddlers.
3. De-clutter. New babies come into this world
with nothing, but pretty quickly seem to accumulate plenty of
stuff! Take some time before baby's arrival to go through your home
and donate/recycle/throw out any items (including toys, books and
clothes) you don't need or want, creating some space and helping
you feel more calm and organised in your home.
4. Organise birthday/Christmas gifts. Purchase
and stash away birthday presents for family members and even
Christmas presents if December is looming, to save yourself the
stress of shopping (or even forgetting special dates!) with a new
baby in tow.
5. Take a break. Book in a weekend away with
your family as it is, before it expands! Use the time to focus on
your partner and your child (or children), reminding them how
special they are and how exciting it is that another family member
is coming to join the team!