My husband and I are expecting our fourth child sometime around the end of this year. With three other littles ones who will be seven and under when this babe arrives, and having had three extremely different postpartum experiences I know that there is some prep work we will have to do prior to the arrival of BabyT4. Here is how we are preparing for Baby Number Four:
How to Prepare for Baby #4
Getting the children involved
One of our first areas of preparation is with the older children. We don’t want them to feel that we are replacing anyone, or to feel jealous of the new baby, so we talk about what will be happening when the baby arrives: How the baby will act, how momma and daddy will be tired, how we will all be busy, etc. but also about all the fun that there is when the new one comes home, how they can help, and how much we love them all.
We also are going to make a fun count down chart to baby’s arrival. Our family has several birthdays before number four comes along, so we will use those as our markers on our count down timeline.
Eating a low sugar diet
A diet high in sugar lowers your immune system, not something that a pregnant momma with an already lowered immune system needs. So, I’m eating a low sugar diet, even doing a round of Whole 30. Neither of these are to lose weight, but to help nourish my body so that the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly and recovery after delivery is faster.
Going through our clothing to see what is needed and what isn’t
We started using a minimalist wardrobe for our older boys and ourselves a while ago, but I’ve not had the chance to go through all the baby clothes and pare things down. I won’t go quite as minimalist because, as we mommas well know, babies poop and pee through things more than preschoolers and kindergartners. 😊
Stocking up on new cloth diapers
We started clothing diapering when our seven-year-old was about two months old. I have used those diapers almost daily for the last seven years and they are starting to wear out. I will be stocking up on some new diapers from my favorite supplier Sweet Bottoms Baby Boutique. Our stash currently looks similar to this and I will be needing new newborn size covers and a few new pocket diapers.
Prepping for postpartum
I’m planning to make a huge grocery trip sometime the beginning of December. I will stock up on paper plates and plastic silverware as well as some frozen convenience items like French fries and veggies. Since our babies so far have come early, I’m also expecting this little one to as well. So, I’m hoping to make up some freezer meals; doubling soup recipes like this one is super easy to do and then I just put the rest in a freezer container or bag and then we have that ready for a quick lunch or dinner.
We will get some new books to read, some new toys for the older ones, and be ready to snuggle in for the cold Michigan winter months.
I’m going to be adding to my stash of cloth pads over the next couple of months, to hopefully get enough for the first couple of weeks postpartum. I probably won’t use momma cloth for the first couple of really heavy days, but I will after those first three-five days.
These are just a few ways that I am preparing for baby number four to arrive. How did you prepare for your little ones?
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Rebekah Thompson writes at Surviving Toddlerhood. She has been married for nine years and is momma to four little boys ages eight, five, three, and eight months. She is the author of The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally On Your Postpartum Journey and a certified birth doula through DONA International. She enjoys good coffee and tea, dark chocolate, running and learning as much as possible about healthy pregnancy/postpartum and fitness. You can check out her blog at www.survivingtoddlerhood.com