Are you nearing the end of your pregnancy but rather than feeling tired and exhausted you are feeling energized and ready to clean and organize every nook and cranny of your home? If so, this is your nesting instinct kicking in as you’re preparing for baby! It is your body’s way of cueing you to prepare your home or “nest” for the arrival of your new addition to the family.

Usually your nesting instinct will become most noticeable in the last few weeks of pregnancy. You may feel compelled to organize and ready all things baby or you may be driven to go beyond baby focused tasks and start cleaning and readying your whole house. The productivity strikes everyone in their own way, and you might find yourself being very grateful for this surge of nesting energy once your baby arrives. Below are some ideas for beneficial activities while you are feeling the nesting vibes.

The Nursery: Preparing for Baby

You may have already started with the big stuff like the crib, changing table, and rocker. Now is the time to focus on the little things. Unpack and organize your changing area with diapers, wipes, ointments, and diaper pail you plan to use. Send all the newborn clothes, swaddles, blankets, and burp cloths through the wash, so they are clean, put away, and easy to find when you need them. Set up your sound machine and add any final decorating touches to the room that you’ve been meaning to complete, such as blackout curtains.

Prepare your Kitchen

You might not be aware of this, but making a meal for yourself seems like such a daunting task when you have a newborn at home. Right now while you have some time on your hands, and nesting energy fueling you, try to prepare grab and go meals or freezer dinners for you and your family. Stock your pantry and fridge with easy to eat but healthy snacks like granola bars, yogurt, cheese sticks, overnight oats, dried fruit, and nuts. You may also consider setting up a bottle washing/ drying area in your kitchen. It might be helpful to wash and sterilize a few bottles or breast pump parts to have at the ready if you find yourself needing them in your first few days home from the hospital.

Load up the Laundry

Now is a great time to wash all the extras along with your regular weekly laundry. Strip the beds, wash the sheets, grab the towel pile and wash that too. If you’re really feeling ambitious, send your curtains and slip covers through the washer too – but please ask for help getting the curtains down, no ladder climbing!

Deep Clean your Home

If the mood strikes you, take this time to really deep clean your home. Get into the spots you don’t normally clean and get the dust bunnies and grime out of there. When you are juggling all the new responsibilities of a newborn, you don’t also want to be stressing about clean toilets, floors, and dust, so take the time now to check those things off your list.

Preparing for Baby: Find Time For You

Think of what you may need in the early days after giving birth and make sure you have those things on hand. If you plan to nurse, stock up on nursing pads, bras, and nursing shirts. You might also consider taking a look at your breast pump and familiarizing yourself with how it works. Make sure you have maxi pads and oversized, breathable underwear on hand that you don’t mind throwing away if needed. You might also appreciate having ice packs and Tucks medicated pads at the ready for the first weeks after delivery.

Lastly, even with this surge of nesting energy, find time for yourself and time with your partner to relax and enjoy these final weeks of pregnancy. You are about to embark on a very busy time for your family.  Allow yourself a moment to pause before this big change, reflect, and breathe it all in.

For more checklists to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival, read our Preparing for Baby Checklist blogs Part 1 and Part 2.

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About The Author

Courtney Poirier is a veteran Newborn Care Expert with Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny. She has many years of experience with sleep conditioning and coaching in daycare & home settings. Prior to working with babies, she was an elementary school teacher. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their two sons. One is seven years old and the other is nine years old.