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Baby Nest: Your New Baby Nesting Countdown

Take these tips on baby nesting – don’t lose sight of the key ways to get ready for the baby. Here is a simple plan new baby nesting.
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Re-folding all of the towels in your home may be extremely satisfying, but don’t lose sight of the key ways to get ready for the baby. Your simple plan:

4 MONTHS TO GO: Furnish the nursery
"The only two things you really need are a place for the baby to sleep, and a place to change him, which can be a dresser with a changing pad on top or a changing table," says Debbie Lillard, a professional organizer and mother of three in Philadelphia. If you’re buying new furniture for the nursery, start shopping now, since delivery can sometimes take six to eight weeks (and an indeterminate amount of time to assemble stuff if you’re DIY-ing). "You can also send an email to all your friends with kids asking if anyone has a rocker or changing table to pass down," adds Lillard. "Most people are thrilled to get them out of their basement!"

3 MONTHS TO GO: Put together a mailing list
Create a computer document with the addresses of all your friends and relatives that you can print out as address labels, suggests Lillard: "That will make it a lot easier to send out thank-yous, baby announcements, and holiday cards."

2 MONTHS TO GO: Stock up on diapers, wipes, and other basics

The baby-care aisles at the superstore can be overwhelming; call an expert (aka your BFF). "Two of my best friends gave birth a few months before I did, and I asked them all the time for advice on what to buy," says Caroline Bollinger, a mom of two from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. "It was so helpful to have them go through it first!"

1 MONTH TO GO: Get cooking

Prepare food now and you won’t have to subsist on microwaveable meals and pizza once the baby arrives (and you don’t feel like cooking). "I made and froze several lasagnas and chicken casseroles during my last trimester, and it was a lifesaver," says Melissa Harrell, a mom of three in Goldsboro, North Carolina. "Instead of worrying about what the family would eat, I could focus on taking care of the baby and myself."

2 WEEKS TO GO: Prepare for change (and changing)
Break out the diapers, wipes, and lotion you bought, and make sure they’re within easy reach of the changing pad. If your baby’s room is on the second floor, set up a duplicate changing space downstairs.

1 WEEK TO GO:
Relax

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 12reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I'm glad i read this article and the comments. i am going to buy more newborn diapers! May 10, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I have so many newborn diapers and I'm kind of freaking out about how many size 1 diapers I will need! I have about 2-3 weeks to go, and now the only thing on my mind is cleaning! The energy is so nice though. I did take your tip about having everything I will need for changing within easy reach, as well as tons of blankets stashed every where for easy reach! It is very hard to relax though, because nesting gives me all this energy. March 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is very good but I wish I would have stocked up on newborn diapers way before my 7 month...I think every one needs at least 4 cases of 100 or more count of diapers. We have gone thru 3 cases of 96 count & a bag of 24 count which our son is only 4 weeks old !! July 31, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is a very insightful article for a mom-to-be. July 14, 2013
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