What to Do When the Nesting Instinct Takes Over Your Life
Whena 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.
Make a Comprehensive List
I consider lists a life essential… I thrive on checking boxes and crossing tasks off. 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 brain dump. Jot down everything that you can think of that you want to complete before baby gets here. Then, you can categorize 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, you can take a look at my Nesting Checklist pack where I outline the essential tasks plus a few extras for you.
Focus on One Task at a Time
Don’t add to the overwhelm by trying to complete everything at once. Tackle your list one day at a time, one task at a time.
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.
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 a list of 23 freezer metal recipes with complete grocery lists in my Member Resource Library… Just enter your email in the box at the bottom of this post for the password to the Library.
Create a Cleaning Routine
Your nesting instinct will push you to clean & 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.
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 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 packet of lists just for expecting mamas..including myself;)!
The Complete Nesting Checklist packet includes:
- This is the general checklist for Baby, Mama, Finances, Home, & Siblings.
- Use this list for items to stockpile for baby and for the home.
Hospital & Diaper Bag List
- Don’t forget any of the essentials (or extras) for your bags! Diapers, Wipes, and Cream 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 1 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 mama post partum. Use this list to make sure you have them all 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 13 of nursing my 3rd child and I occasionally use a pump… 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!).
Organize & Declutter Checklist
- Get your home ready for that babe! Start with your closet, mama!
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 (Get the FREE Grocery Lists and Recipes here)
- 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!