It is the third trimester of your pregnancy and the final weeks and months before your baby arrives. Maybe you are enjoying your pregnancy glow or maybe you are feeling like an over sized beach whale. You are itching to hold your baby in your arms but a bit apprehensive about all that lays ahead. Trust me, it is the most exhilarating thing you will ever do.

But before you get to that magical moment, there are a few things you need to take care of. This advice isn’t the normal “preparing for baby” advice you get like sleeping as much as you can and sticking your freezer with food. These are the practical things that you probably wouldn’t think of yourself.

Practice using your pram

When our pram arrived, the extent that we practiced using it was opening and closing it once and then hubby racing it around our house to see how fast it could go. So when the time came to actually use it, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Do yourself a favour and practice using it. Open and close it, set it up and practice putting the brake on. When you start venturing out with baby this will be one less thing you need to worry about. Similarly, practicing strapping a doll into your car seat or capsule is also a good idea. It takes a little while to get the hang of that one.

Clear the photos from your phone

You are going to take A LOT of photos of your baby. Newborns are the perfect photo material – they just sit still while you snap away. Pretty soon you will be running out of storage on your phone as it fills up with gorgeous images of your bub. Clear it now to give you lots of room. And while I’m on the topic, don’t forget to regularly download your images when baby arrives so you don’t lose all those precious memories. AND if you haven’t booked a newborn photographer yet, and want to get some beautiful newborn shots then jump onto it quick smart! If you want some gorgeous milestone signs I sell a range in my shop or a free downloadable set also!

Suss out your local parents rooms

If you walk through a shopping centre on a weekday, it is full of mums pushing prams. And that is because shopping centres are great places for mums. There is food, often a play area for older kids, toilets, you are out of the weather and many places to stop and rest, oh and did I mention the shopping?! Make sure you suss out where the parents rooms are at your local shopping centres because you will be using them a lot. Knowing where the parents room is will save a bit of stress when you are dealing with you first public newborn poosplosion.

Check the expiry date of any vouchers

This may sound like an odd inclusion in a list for mums-to-be but trust me! If you have any vouchers in your wallet check their expiry. If they expire any time in the 6 weeks after baby is due, try and use them now. We had a gold class voucher that expired when Little Miss was only five weeks old. We managed to get a babysitter and have a date night out but it was to a movie neither or us was really interested in so it felt a little wasted.

You are about to enter the most exciting (and exhausting) of times. I wish you all the happiness in the world and hope my tips make life that much simpler with a newborn bub.

This is by no means an exhaustive list! What other practical advice would you give to new mums-to-be?

Image by Cara Loren.

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