You’re almost there! The due date is approaching and you’re probably immersed in wonder and excitement about what life will look like once your little one arrives… But don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy your last few baby-free weeks before life changes forever. Here are some fun ideas to try!
Get a baby book
“But the baby isn’t here yet!” That’s okay. Lots of baby books have questions about your pregnancy and the days leading up to delivery. Plus – you can take a peek at the types of questions and milestones to look out for in the weeks and months ahead.
Prepare your baby announcements
It might seem silly to start creating your announcements before the baby is born, but picking the design and addressing envelopes beforehand will save you lots of time and stress when the time comes! Once your baby is here, all you’ll have to do is add a photo and fill in the last few details. It never hurts to plan ahead!
Read to your baby bump
By weeks 18-20, your baby starts to hear their first sounds, and sensitivity to noise only continues to develop after that. While there is no hard evidence to show what the baby hears or doesn’t hear, there’s no harm in talking to your baby. Try reading a children’s book or singing a song. This can also be a fun way to involve your partner!
Host a frozen meal party
This can serve two purposes! Hosting a frozen meal party is a great way to catch up with friends, family, and neighbors before life gets crazy, and a chance to stock up your freezer with ready-made meals for the first few weeks of life with a newborn. Your future self will thank you.
Make time for a date night (or two!)
It might be a while until you’re able to enjoy a night out with your partner once the baby arrives. Take advantage of this and spend some quality time together! Go for a picnic, plan a cozy movie night in, or spend the day getting pampered at the spa.
Whether you already have your hospital bags packed and ready, or you still have a ways to go before your due date, spending time with your partner and enjoying pre-baby activities is a great way to ease anxiety and help pass the time before your baby comes.
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