Nesting During Pregnancy | General


Pregnancy is a beautiful time for expectant parents, and as your due date approaches you may feel the sudden urge to get ready for the little ones' arrival. The sudden urge to tidy the house, organise the baby's room and pack your hospital bag is known as ‘nesting’. While the “cause” of nesting is unknown, it’s often associated with the hormonal changes that occur throughout pregnancy. Alternatively, nesting behaviours could be coping mechanisms for general or pregnancy-related anxiety and stress.


If you're an expectant parent and you want to engage in nesting activities to prepare for your child's arrival, here are some suggestions:


Prepare the nursery: Set up the baby's room or designated space. Paint the walls, assemble furniture such as the cot and changing table, and organise the room with essential items.


Clean and organise: Deep clean your home, paying attention to areas where the baby will spend time. Declutter and organise baby items. It is a good idea to organise things age-appropriately – so keep the newborn and 0-3 months things readily accessible, and store other items away for when you will need it.


Stock up on essentials: Make sure you have an ample supply of diapers, wipes, formula (if needed), and other baby essentials. Prepare a feeding area with bottles, sterilisers, and breast pump equipment if applicable.


Prepare meals in advance: Consider preparing and freezing meals or stocking your pantry with easy-to-prepare meals.


Create a baby care kit: Assemble a collection of baby care items such as a thermometer, baby nail clippers, nasal aspirator, baby shampoo, lotion, and diaper rash cream. Keep them easily accessible in a designated area.


Research and educate yourself: Read books, attend parenting classes, and gather information, being well-informed can help you feel more confident and prepared.


Remember that nesting is a personal process, and each person's preferences and priorities may vary. Focus on creating a nurturing and comfortable environment for your baby while also taking care of yourself during this special time of anticipation.