Here at Mini Wander, we are dedicated to helping expectant moms get the best possible start on their journey through motherhood. As such, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips for expecting moms who are due in June, July, and August this year.
Hopefully, all mamas and papas-to-be are keeping calm and cool as their due dates approach. If you’re still not ready, we’ve got you covered!
These tips are sure to help you get through your pregnancy with as little frustration as possible.
Let's get right to it!
1. Pack the Urgent Hospital Bag Essentials First
Summer is fast approaching, and as a new mom, nothing can make you feel more excited than the arrival of that special baby in your life. And while all moms will agree that nothing can actually make you "feel" ready for this special moment; it helps to pack all the essentials you will urgently need so that everything goes smoothly. In my experience, the hospital provides a lot of what you need like diapers, pacifiers, postpartum hygiene products ect so this list is the most basic items you need to get your baby home,
Here are the most essential items to back in your hospital bag:
Pack For Baby:
- Going home outfit
Pack For mama:
- Nursing bra,
Pop those items in a large overnight bag if you are in a rush and you will have the basic necessities. Of course, it is better to be more prepared, we love this hospital bag checklist from the Baby List for a more detailed guide here.
2. Spend Time Thinking of the Best Baby Names
When choosing a name for a new child, you have many options. Here are some summer-themed baby name suggestions.
Here are some of my favorite summer baby names for girls:
- June Skye
Some summer baby names for boys:
Want more baby name ideas? Here is a great list of 2022 most popular baby names to help you!
3. Plan a Baby Shower or Sprinkle
Baby shower themes are the perfect way to help you and your guests get into the spirit of things. There are so many fun ideas out there that it’s hard to choose just one. For example, if your little one is due during summertime, why not have a beach or garden-themed baby shower?
If you want something that goes along with the season and helps keep everyone cool simultaneously, an ice cream sundae or popsicle bar would be adorable!
Here are some quirky creative summer themes we like:
- Daisy Flowers
- Lemon (Main Squeeze)
- Honey Bee (Mommy To Bee!) or a cute gender reveal idea, too! (What will it BEE?)
4. Install a Car Seat
Most hospitals won’t let you take a baby home without the proper car seat. Don’t forget to bring one with you when you go into labor. Installing one ahead of time will mark this task off your to-do list.
Remember: look for a car seat with plenty of room for growth so that your baby can use it for a long time. But avoid picking a seat that's too big for your baby, as it can make it more difficult to install.
Most manufacturers recommend that infants younger than one-year-old use an infant insert in their car seats until they reach one year old or weigh at least 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms). Infant inserts help keep babies snugly strapped into their seats while providing padding around them so they feel secure and comfortable during long rides home from
It's important to make sure that your car seat is properly installed in your vehicle and that it meets the current safety standards. You can find out how to do this by checking out your state's Department of Transportation website or visiting a Fire Station.
5. Stock up on Basic Baby Essentials for Home
Here are the most basic items that you will need when you bring home your baby:
- Carseat (we already talked about this one)
- A place for a baby to sleep like a bassinet or crib.
- Diapering needs such as diapers, wipes, a gentle soap, a diaper balm.
- Feeding essentials, a bib or burp rag, bottles and a pump if you will be pumping, a paci to have on hand,
- Clothing for babies.
You don’t need anything fancy to start with. Most newborns just wear a bodysuit and prefer to be swaddled in a blanket most days. Our muslin swaddle blankets make great receiving blankets as well. They are great to have around as a blanket, a swaddle, a burp rag, or a nursing cover. The lightweight cotton makes it perfect for summertime. Have at least 2 bodysuits a day for babies (14 total) so that you don’t have to do laundry often.
Have 2-3 hats to keep them protected from the breeze even in the summer. A hat, a bodysuit, and a swaddle are what my babies needed as newborns during the hot summers. For a more detailed checklist, here is a great list to refer to.
If you haven’t started buying baby things yet, this is a great place to start without feeling overwhelmed.
I hope that you found this article on how to get the most out of your summer as an expecting mom to be helpful and informative.
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