Preparing Your Life for Baby
Since this is such an important choice, start looking for the right doctor at least a few months before your due date. Make appointments to interview at least two to three doctors and ask lots of questions to be sure he/she is the right fit for you and your baby.
Organize your financial affairs.
Grab your bills and get organized. Prepay as many as you possibly can—especially if the ones you know will be coming in around your due date. Otherwise, you run the risk of overlooking them in all the excitement and chaos of new parenthood. And you know what that means: heavy-duty interest charges. It's a simple task if your bank provides telephone or Internet banking. If you prefer snail mail to pay your bills, postdate your checks and mail them right away or sort them into piles by date.
Make a will.
Your mortality is most likely the last thing on your mind as you prepare for baby, but making a will has never been as important as it is now. As a parent, it's your responsibility to make sure that your child would be taken care of if something were to happen to you or your partner. Don't let the cost of writing a will scare you off—it's around $100 to $300 to have a simple will prepared by your lawyer.
Get—or revisit your—life insurance.
Once you have a baby on the way, you'll realize that you want him or her to be taken care of if something bad happens to you or your partner. It may be time to trade in the bargain-basement policy with enough coverage to pay only for the cost of your burial, for a shiny, new policy covers the cost of raising your child until he can support himself.
Pick up cards and gifts for any upcoming events.
Online shopping has never made a mama's life easier!
Start working on your baby announcements.
Trust us—you'll be running around like a mad woman for weeks after the baby arrives. Pick a nice online template or purchase cards, so after baby's born, you just have to add in her vital stats and maybe plop in a photo and you're done. You could even have all the envelopes addressed before baby arrives!
Take care of routine appointments.
It's way easier to visit the eye doctor or salon while you're preparing for Baby than after shes arrived. If you're overdue for a trim or medical appointment, try to schedule it sooner rather than later (and postpartum), as long as it's something that's safe to have done while you're pregnant.