Having a baby is a big deal, and there's so much to do. It can kind of overwhelm you. If...
Having a baby is a big deal, and there's so much to do. It can kind of overwhelm you. If you want to cut it down to the bare basics, here are four things you have to do before you go into labor... Install the baby car seat: If you're having a hospital birth, they won't let you leave until they know you have a car seat. If you have a home birth, you'll still need a car seat though, and trust me, you won't be up to installing it while caring for a newborn. Some are very complicated. If you want to go one step further, have your car seat checked out for proper installation by a professional. Tour the birthing center or hospital where you'll be giving birth: Once you're in labor, you'll feel more comfortable upon arrival if you know where to check in, where the labor ward is, and how your room will look. Start researching breastfeeding: You can't really know how breastfeeding will go until you try, but you'll be a little ahead of the curve if you gather breastfeeding information before you give birth. Get a great breastfeeding book. Gather phone numbers for support such as a lactation consultant and La Leche League. Gather the bare minimum for baby: You don't need to overstock baby gear and clothing, but just in case you go into labor early, you'll be glad that you did a little shopping before hand. Good stock supplies include a few onesies, two packs of newborn diapers, wipes, some baby socks, a couple of sleepers, and a cute little stocking hat.

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