Day 19 of Countdown to Oliver: Prepare Baby's Space

During the first three months, often referred to as a baby’s fourth trimester because they are still so dependent on their mother, we do a type of “co-sleeping.” The baby doesn’t sleep in the same bed as us, but in a Pack ‘n Play with a newborn sleeper and changing station attached. We place it right next to the bed. It’s extremely beneficial, and way more convenient for breastfeeding.

So, setting up the baby’s space, for now, will just be in our room next to our bed. I’ll keep it simplistic, neat and possibly hang a cute name sign or picture over the sleeper in the near future.

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Helpful info on the fourth trimester (first three months) and sleeping near baby:

  • Life in the Fourth Trimester
  • Scientific Benefits of Co-SleepingCo-sleeping can mean sleeping in the same bed or sleeping next to/near the parent(s). I don’t/rarely do same-bed co-sleeping, because I always worry about the chance of smothering. I do, however, believe having a newborn sleep right next to their parent(s), in the same room for at least the first three months, is very beneficial. It’s also WAY more convenient when breastfeeding. 

Update:
I received an awesome “Oliver” banner from “Auntie” Allegra that I decided to hang above our pack n’ play while the babe sleeps in our room. It’s stylish and light weight, so I don’t have to worry about it falling! Oliver Sign

 

The Countdown List:

1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visit/appointments
6. Install the car seat
7. Have a pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
10. *Reader’s idea* Virtual gift-opening
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Take a sewing class and make something for the newest babe
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea* Clothe diapering
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Prepare announcements to send out after birth
24. Date night
25. Invest in post baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries, diapers and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea*

5 thoughts on “Day 19 of Countdown to Oliver: Prepare Baby's Space

  1. Very cute first bed. 🙂 We used a cradle for our first two but then co-slept with Samuel (for the first two months). I say, whatever works! 😀

    1. Whatever works is generally always best! I found a kind of sling/hammock cradle I really wanted to try next to our bed, but it looked like I would have to make it because I couldn’t find it purchasable anywhere. So, we stuck with the Pack ‘n Play newborn insert/changing table combo like with our first.

  2. We did a similar version of co-sleeping with ours. We did it with our first for six weeks, and our second for about five months. (He was premature.) It really helped me get more rest! That’s a cute bed.

    1. Thanks! The Pack ‘n Play was actually a Target find for our first and worked great for us.

      It definitely helped me with sleep as well! It was just more convenient for us to have the baby right next to us to breastfeed and not have to get up to walk into a separate room for anything.

  3. I did the same with all my kids. I agree with you on the convenience for breastfeeding when the baby is in the same room as you. I could barely get out of bed during those first few months.

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