When you think of the physical realities of being pregnant—weight gain, illness, hormonal imbalances, swelling feet— the nesting instinct is almost miraculous. Despite being just a few short weeks from labor, mommies-to-be often receive a burst of energy to prepare their “nest” for its new arrival. If you’re trying to decide how to make the most of that energy, our tips and tricks for nesting mothers are here to help.
Make a Prioritized To-Do List
When you wake up with the desire to get everything ready, let the first thing you make be a plan. Divide your to-do list into sections. Make a list for the nursery, for each room in the house, and for the car to maximize productivity. Also, prioritize your plans depending on how soon you’ll need to complete each step. For example, you should finish painting as early as possible so that the VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, can clear from the air.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
And speaking of VOCs, your cleaning products might just contain a load of them. These foul-smelling compounds can cause nausea, headaches, skin problems, and shortness of breath. And for little ones whose lungs are still growing, exposure can lead to breathing issues in the future. Since VOCs can linger in the air, you’ll want to make sure you’re using safe products to create a cleaner environment for when you bring your baby home.
Set Up for Your Needs, Too
Here’s a trick for nesting mothers: Don’t just think about things your baby will need. Think about your own needs—particularly those that you’ll have trouble taking care of when you’re catering to your baby. For example, making meals and going to the store won’t be easy when you have a newborn. Capitalize on your nesting mother energy to take care of tasks you won’t have the energy for later.
Don’t Put Off Babyproofing
It can be tempting to let babyproofing slide when you’re setting up the nursery. After all, your newborn isn’t going to be doing any crawling for half a year. But six months go by in the blink of an eye, and you’ll have vastly different energy levels as a nesting mom compared to the mom of a six-month-old. Trust us: Knock out babyproofing your nursery now so that you won’t have to think about it later.