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Getting organized before the new baby arrives is essential!

Having my son was the most wonderful and most stressful time of my life. I remember being totally overwhelmed and honestly couldn't believe the hospital was allowing me to take my baby home with me since I didn't have a clue what I was doing. New babies cause a huge change in our current organization systems so reworking the process is critical to a smooth transition. Thank goodness I had an older sister to help me organize even though I was totally out of my element. Here's the low down from veteran moms on getting organized before the new baby arrives:
--Read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.
--Have a plan for who is taking you to the hospital and who is taking care of other siblings when you are ready to deliver.
--Pack your hospital bag and leave it by the door or in the car. Don't forget comfy pajamas and clothing to wear home.
--Give in to all your nesting instincts: clean, disinfect, and organize as much as you can before the baby comes.
--Get a tote organizer to carry baby stuff and pack it so you are ready to travel.
--Wash and sort clothes by size; have some larger sizes (larger diapers too) just in case the baby grows fast.
--Get the room ready and stocked up with diapers, wipes, butt cream, and spit cloths.
--Make sure everything is within reach when you're changing diapers so you can hold on to a wiggling baby at the same time.
--Setup a changing table on each floor of your home.
--Cook and freeze a few ready-to-eat meals.
--Have bottles and feeding items readily accessible in the kitchen.
--Baby-proof your home.
--Find a pediatrician and meet with him or her. Get paperwork filled out ahead of time (takes about 15 minutes) so your first visit with the baby in tow won't be that long.
--Hospital websites or doctor's offices have new mom checklists.  
--Get all your medical cards and paperwork ready to go. Find out what your insurance covers because then you'll know if you can have extra drugs, etc. and not break the bank.
--Let your insurance company know you're due soon and who is your pediatrician.
--Have a simple will and trust drawn up and name a guardian and trustee. Don't leave this up to the state.
--Get lots of rest before the baby comes!
--Have doctors, friends, and relative's phone numbers by the phone and never be afraid to ask for help. Call the doctor whenever you have questions.
Take time for yourself even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom for five minutes. Try to have someone with you the first week you are home for an extra hand. Sleep when your baby sleeps and shower as early in the day as you can manage it (it makes you feel better). Babies grow fast, so relax and enjoy while they are small!
Clutter Quote: "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling your walk before it stops snowing." Phyllis Diller

posted on: 6/11/2011 2:30:00 PM by Vali Heist
category: General Organizing Tips

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Vali Heist is a Certified Professional Organizer, the owner of The Clutter Crew for homeowners, and a Certified GO System Trainer for businesses. She writes a monthly column for the Reading Eagle called "Organize This!" and is writing a book of the same name. Publication is in January of 2012! Vali's bachelor's degree is in Business Administration from Shippensburg University and her Master's Degree is in Higher Education from Kutztown University. Vali has an extensive background of 24 years in Higher Education including training, administration, project management, writing, and editorial production. Her passion has always been organization and how it relates to the simplification of work and personal life in order to enjoy both to the fullest. Her ultimate goal is to continue finding simple, easy to implement ideas that work in the real world and pass them on to her clients.

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