The essential pre-children checklist
CATCH UP ON SLEEP
Sleep, sleep and sleep some more. Once baby arrives, undisturbed slumber will seem like a distant dream. Even if pregnancy is making a good night’s rest almost impossible, relish the fact that you aren’t disturbed by an unpredictable alarm (a.k.a crying baby) by enjoying a leisurely lie-in.
BOOK A BEAUTY TREATMENT
Whether it is a facial, massage, mani, pedi, or even all four, indulge in as many beauty treatments as you can. Time to yourself is something you’ll be short on soon, so make the most of any chance of pampering. Shortly before you are due, book in for treatments that last, (such as gel nails or shaping your eyebrows) so that you feel polished even after childbirth.
GO TO THE CINEMA
A night at the movies may not seem like such a big deal now, but a newborn that needs to be fed every two hours means that seeing a film alone or with only your partner or friends may be postponed for some time after birth. Popcorn at the ready then…
ESCAPE ON A BABYMOON
Relax and recharge on a pre-baby holiday with just you and your partner (there’s a reason it’s called a babymoon). Watch the in-flight movies, go sight-seeing and enjoy intimate dinners – luxuriate in the freedom of being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
Whether it’s a fabulous party or a romantic dinner at a favourite restaurant, a memorable night out before baby is a must. Take your time getting ready (we recommend a long soak in the bath and a blow dry) step out in a glamorous outfit and make it an evening to remember.
BECOME YOUR OWN P.A.
A newborn may be small in size but the scale of havoc they can wreak is mystifying. Being organised before birth helps minimise the upheaval a new baby brings. While it may be boring, completing your to-do list before little one arrives is essential (no one wants to complete an overdue tax return with a two-week old). Once you have tackled your personal admin, it’s time to think ahead. Pack your hospital bag, organise your address book for the birth announcement and order healthy, home-delivered meals for the weeks post birth (Detox Kitchen is an office favourite).
Oh, brunch! That wonderful, lazy weekend affair that suddenly becomes impossible when you have a newborn or young children who wake up at the crack of dawn. However appealing sipping espresso and eating eggs benedict at 11am seems, you’ll probably find yourself pouring a bowl of cereal in your kitchen at 6am rather than heading to your local café. Like we said, go for brunch.
GIVE IN TO NESTING
Suddenly have the urge to clean/makeover/reorganise your house? Just like birds feathering a nest, nature is helping you prepare to bring your baby home. Whether it is decorating the nursery or scrubbing the floor, don’t ignore this mothering instinct – it will help ensure you have everything in order for little one’s arrival (even if those baby socks and vests don’t really need to be ironed three times over).
BUY SOMETHING UTTERLY DECADENT
Your family will become your number one priority, therefore before you have children spoil yourself and buy one fabulous thing that you’ll love and wear forever. Whether it is a piece of jewellery or a timeless bag, it will act as a stylish keepsake of the carefree days before you became a mother.
Words by Amanda Woodward-Brown