Planning for Bringing Baby Home

Planning what you'll need for the baby once she is born is something you and your partner should do before you go into labor. About eight weeks before your estimated due date, begin to ask yourself the following:
  • Have I chosen my baby's health care provider?
  • Have I arranged for a postpartum doula, friend, or family member to help during the first few days and/or weeks after birth?
  • Do I need more information about breastfeeding my baby?
  • Do I have a car seat to bring my baby home safely?
  • What will my baby sleep in?
  • Do I have plenty of diapers and clothes for my baby?
  • What will I carry my baby in?
  • What supplies do I need to bathe my baby?
  • Do I have someone to care for my other children (if this applies to you) while I'm giving birth or immediately following birth?

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