You've no doubt been planning and preparing since news of your pregnancy sank in, but this week it's time to take action on several things, if you haven't already. You need to:
- Find a pediatrician. Ask friends for recommendations or visit nearby pediatrician offices and ask questions. Do they have a separate waiting area for newborns? How long will you wait for an appointment? How many physicians are in the practice? Is the staff friendly and helpful?
- Decide on cotton or disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are a comfortable, less bulky, environmentally friendly and economical alternative to disposable diapers.
- Get your hospital bag (and your partner's bag) packed and ready to go.
- Stock up on frozen meals and restaurant delivery or takeout menus.
- Establish a calling tree for notifying your family and friends of when you go into labor.
- Set priorities and allow some things to slide. Your health and your baby's health are priority one -- now and after the birth. Feeding (for both of you), diapering, cuddling and bonding are more important than making beds and ironing.
While you're doing all that, don't worry if…