When a pregnant mama first experiences her nesting instinct, she can become overwhelmed and anxious with all of the tasks that suddenly need to be completed. After three pregnancies with serious nesting, I have figured out how to navigate this period of pregnancy with minimal stress and anxiety… nesting checklists.
1. Make Comprehensive Nesting Checklists
I consider lists a life essential… I thrive on checking boxes and crossing tasks off. There is a sense of satisfaction & completion when I can see my accomplishments (no matter how small) checked off of a to-do list. My admiration for lists is probably a little more exaggerated than a normal mama, but the effectiveness of keeping a good list is undeniable.
Start your list with a simple brain dump. Jot down everything that you can think of that you want to complete before your baby gets here. Then, you can categorize the items on this list to make it easier to work through.
If you don’t want to make your own list or you just don’t know where to start, then you can take a look at my Nesting Checklist pack where I outline all of the essential tasks plus a few extras for you.
2. Focus on One Task at a Time
Don’t add to the overwhelm by trying to complete everything at once. This will cause unneeded stress and you will burn out & lose motivation pretty quickly. Tackle your list one day at a time, one task at a time.
3. Create a Cleaning Routine
Your nesting instinct during your 3rd trimester will push you to clean and organize all.the.things. If you want to try to keep up the state of your home after baby is born (cut yourself some slack, it’s not gonna be perfect) then you should create a cleaning routine to help you keep you with your day-to-day tasks.
I like to have a Daily Routine that pulls tasks from a weekly & monthly cleaning list so i can stay on top of the deep-cleaning as well as the daily management. I have all of these lists (premade and blank for you to fill in) within my Household Management Notebook.
4. Complete the Big Tasks First
I have tried starting out with smaller tasks and working my way to the bigger ones… This resulted in the big things not being completed because I was on bedrest for the last few weeks of pregnancy. Start with the big stuff–> decluttering, deep cleaning, setting up nursery furniture, etc… Then move on to the smaller tasks that you can do when you are at the more uncomfortable stage of pregnancy or you can delegate them out to family & friends.
5. Make Freezer Meals
When you are recovering from childbirth, the last thing that you want to be doing is standing over a stove cooking meals. Pre-make several meals to keep in the freezer. You can pull these out and pop them in the oven or crockpot as you need them. You can grab my complete list of 24 freezer meal recipes with corresponding grocery lists by following the link.
Nesting Checklists for Expectant Mamas
I am a mother of three awesome, beautiful, and messy children! My nesting instinct hit me head on (like a truck) with each pregnancy. I have overwhelmed myself with trying to remember everything that needs to be completed within the many jumbled file folders in my brain. My mind would jump from house cleaning to baby proofing to finances to meal planning and back again. I am a sucker for a good list so I made a complete Nesting Checklists Pack to help expectant mamas overcome the overwhelm during the third trimester frenzy!
The Complete Nesting Checklist packet includes:
- This is the general checklist for Baby, Mama, Finances, Home, and Siblings.
- You can use this list for items that are worth stocking up on for the baby and for the home.
Hospital & Diaper Bag List
- Don’t forget any of the essentials (or extras) for your bags! Diapers, Wipes, and a cream, balm, or salve are the obvious items, but what else should you pack to make your first few days with baby a little more relaxing?
- I cannot recommend the Laiya Deluxe diaper bag enough! My youngest is almost 2 now, and I am still using it as a diaper/teacher/snack bag & a purse! LOVE IT! You can use the code T4THEART to get this bag half off!
Postpartum Needs Checklist
- There are a few items that really come in handy for a mama during her postpartum recovery. Use this list to make sure you have all of these items in stock.
Nursing Needs Checklist
- Planning to breastfeed? Look through this sheet to make sure you are ready for your nursing journey. I am on month 22 (what?!?!) of nursing my 3rd child and I occasionally used a pump in the beginning… With my first 2 children I used a pump all.the.time! If you are going to pump at all, I definitely recommend the Medela Pump in Style!
Baby Proofing Checklist
- Think you have everything baby proofed? My guess is you have missed something (I always do!). Use this checklist to make sure that your home is baby ready.
Organize & Declutter Checklist
- Get your home ready for that babe! Start with decluttering your closet and work out from there. Organizing and cleaning are MUCH easier when you have minimized your belongings. This checklist helps you to get the ball rolling.
Deep Cleaning Checklist
- Although you don’t need a spotless home for a baby, it does help scratch the nesting instinct itch:)
- I also use the Deep Cleaning Printable from Cornerstone Confessions to go a little more in depth. You should check that out. 🙂
Freezer Meal List
- If I were a betting mama, I would wager that you aren’t going to feel like cooking meals for the first few weeks after bringing baby home. Get some freezer meals ready now and have extra time to love on that baby when he or she gets here! *Get the complete Grocery Lists and Recipes pack by itself here.*