I realized a week or so ago that I desperately needed to make a list of things to do before baby comes. Here it is. Share it with anyone getting ready to have a baby!
My husband is smart and savvy and entirely capable of handling the home and the kids, but we have a LOT of kids and being REALLY ready will make life a little more doable.
- Empty the vacuum(s)
Why? Because vacuuming is chore enough, let alone if it’s super full and the trash is too full to dump it. So having this done avoids all that.
- Top off all the soap dispensers
I make my own foaming handsoap (1 oz Castille soap + water=Done!), which my husband has never done. Let’s just not have to deal with that for a few weeks (we have 2-3 spares).
- Make sure you’re stocked on toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, tissues, shampoo and soap, etc.
Because the things you buy less often are easier to forget about and no one enjoys running out of TP.
- Make disposable cleaning wipes
Having a lot of kids means you’re cleaning up stuff CONSTANTLY. And having cheap disposable cleaning wipes means that it’s easier. Period. The link in my Pinterest doesn’t work anymore, but basically, you use a serrated knife to cut a roll of high quality paper towels (like Brawny) to fit in your container. Then mix 1/4 cup of all-purpose cleaner like Lysol with 2 1/4 cups of water and pour it over (remove the cardboard tube after 10 minutes or so). I had my husband drill a hole in the lid of my container, but most of the time, I just remove the lid to get wipes out easier since they tend to shred when pulled through the hole. The wipes are great, but you have to get used to them (they’re certainly not as strong as commercial wipes).
- Transition clothes for other kids (or get them ready in a trashbag or box)
Are seasons changing? Has someone just had a crazy growth spurt? This will be a major headache if the main person who does this can’t and it needs to be done desperately.
- Start making a list of freezer meals to make/freeze beforehand
This time, hubby said he wants about 8 casseroles frozen to use about once or twice a week and he’ll cook the other couple times a week (he’s really quite something). I definitely COULD search my Freezer Food board on Pinterest, but I think I’ll stick to old favorites that I have saved in Disheroo (cue shameless plug, HERE!) to make the planning and shopping list ZERO EFFORT.