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10 things to do before baby arrives

By Alex Brooks

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As your belly grows and the reality of a baby arriving looms, it's time to remember all the fun things you can do before baby arrives.

1. Escape for a weekend away

Make it one to share with your baby's father or a guilt-free weekend away with the girls. It's much harder to escape for a bit of me-time once you're breastfeeding a baby so why not live it up while it's just you and the bump?

2. Romantic dinner

Oh yes. It might have been romance that got you into this pregnant predicament, but while you can go out together without needing to pay for a babysitter, make sure you take advantage of it. Even if money's tight, head out for picnics, beach walks or make your own movie nights at home.

3.Clean up and declutter

Make your house a place of calm by cleaning out the cupboards and making room for all those bright plastic toys, change tables and play mats that will find their way into your house once the baby arrives. 

4. Pram practice

Before your baby arrives it's a good idea to get the pram out and figure out the ins and outs before you have a babe in arms. Make sure you know how to fold it up and pop it in the boot - and how to get it back up again. Also, double-check the location of brakes and restraining straps so when you're putting your new baby in the pram it'll feel natural.

5. Stamps and stationery

Stock up on those cards, stamps and envelopes you will need to write all the thank you notes and birth announcements for baby. Hey, at least you'll be able to write thank you notes while baby sleeps without having to worry about packing the nappy nag for a trip to the post office.

6. Get to know grandparents

Start bonding with those grandparents on both sides - you never know when you'll need to call on them for a babysitting gig or a quick favour to keep the household running smoothly once baby arrives.

7. Comfy clothes purchases

Whether its tracky daks, pyjamas or a nightie that you like to dag around in, make sure you have a new pair or three of the clothes you find most comfortable to wear around the house. A lot of night-time wandering tends to come when the new baby arrives, and you'll want the clothes that make you feel most snug and comfy.

8. Beauty up!

Get your hair colour done, the legs waxed (if your pregnancy hasn't made you super-sensitive) and the haircut organised before baby comes. These beauty tasks become tougher to tend to later on!

9. Stock the freezer

Set aside some time to batch cook and make pasta sauces, lasagne, casseroles and all those other yummy dinners that will freeze well and be easy to pop into the microwave for dinner once bub is here.

10.Do what you want

Well, within reason! For these special months in the lead up to becoming a mum, remember to put yourself first.

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