Nesting Checklist for Pregnant Mommas
“Nesting.” The phase of pregnancy, usually in the last weeks, where a burst of energy turns an expectant mother into a cleaning superhero. Or a creative genius with lists of projects. Or a food-prep champion. The nesting phase is the final hurrah of baby preparation, getting everything into place and ready for baby’s homecoming. As I prepare to welcome baby number five, I thought I’d share my nesting checklist with all you other expectant mommas. My nesting checklist includes all the random things I prepare and clean to get ready for baby. Hopefully these ideas help you “feather your nest” for your little bundle of joy as well.
Nursery Nesting Checklist
Wash crib bedding, set the crib to the highest level, and attach bedding (and bumpers if you choose)
Wash changing pad covers and stock the diaper changing area. (I love those tiny little NB and size 1 diapers. They remind me how little newborn babies are at birth.)
Vacuum nursery furniture: chairs, drawers, shelves, etc. Wash any additional fabrics like chair pillows or slipcovers.
Arrange the baby’s closet. Fold and stack blankets, burp cloths, and pajamas. Hang clothing in the closet. Everything should also already be washed. Lots of washing. . .
Dust windowsills, baseboards, fans, and any other hard surfaces. Vacuum floors.
Hang artwork and decorations, if you haven’t already done so.
House Nesting Checklist
Run cleaner through the clothes washing machine to remove built up lime and gunk (preferably before you wash all the nursery washing). Give the washing machine a good scrub around the lid and dispensers too.
Change filters on the home HVAC system and vacuum the air filters around the home.
Run a vacuum wand over hanging curtains and ceiling fans to remove dust.
Change out water filters in refrigerators (and throw away expired food in the fridge.)
Scrub down the bathrooms: toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks, counters, mirrors. Clean the floors well, especially behind toilets. Wash all towels and stock up on toilet paper.
Wipe down all counters and tables in the kitchen. Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator and oven. Run cleaner through the dishwasher to remove lime and gunk. Stock up on dishwasher detergent. Throw away old scrubbing pads and buy new ones.
Give the whole house a good dusting. Vacuum and mop all floors.
Steam clean all carpets. (I’ve always hired professionals to clean the carpets. Easier on us and a more powerful clean.)
Nesting Checklist for Mom
De-clutter your bedroom and closet. (That just always feels good.)
Wash your bedding and pillows. Wipe down dressers and desks.
Wash your comfy, stretchy pants and shirts. (Your body will still be lumpy after birth. Have comfy clothes ready.)
Get a mani-pedi or visit the hair salon. Pamper yourself a bit before the big day.
Have a plan for your hospital bag. Know what outfits, books, make-up, and toiletries you’ll want at the hospital. (I feel more at ease after labor once I’ve showered, shaved, and done my hair and make-up. Then I can just relax with my new baby and enjoy the bonding time.)