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Checklist for getting ready for a lovely babymoon

Babymoon.

It's a term I first heard used by Cowichan midwife Selina Boily.

And it's a word I never thought would become such an important part of my vocabulary.

To sum it up, it's the first few weeks after your newborn arrives, and while breastfeeding plays a big part, so does a whole lot of other craziness.

Creating this calm, comfortable place for you and the new addition and preparing as much as you are able to for a smooth run is a great idea — something I wish I had done with my first born.

So with that said, I'd love to share my babymoon checklist for our second child (who, I hope,  has made its arrival by the time this column runs).

Turn down the volume. That is for your phone/answering machine and handheld devices.

Fill the freezer with lasagnas, casseroles, frozen pizzas and slow-cooker meals.

While you're in the food mood, check cupboards are stocked with basics. Quick and easy high protein snack foods are where it's at.

Speaking of nourishment, picking up a bag of Matraea Mercantile's Momma Tea (to give momma her groove back) is a must.

If you have a four-legged friend, or a 'fur child' as my hubby and I have, get someone to pet sit for the first few days.

If you don't want a steady flock of visitors gaping at you while you're fumbling with the football latch, wait a day or two to post the big news on social media and add disclaimer, 'Please text or call if you plan on stopping by.'

Also see what your family/friends have up their sleeves for the baby shower. Let people know where you'd like to have it and who you want to come (we all know you can't forget to invite Aunt Betty) and advise the organizers: please skip the diaper poo chocolate bar game, or any games if that's not your thing.

Think about how you're going to deal with visitors now. Maybe set aside one day for an open house meet-and-greet-the-baby day, or do your best to schedule the introductions in clumps.

Be not afraid of accepting help or asking for it. Mom will gladly help you fold some laundry, vacuum or make a meal.

Then there's the big shopping spree. And sticking with the 'big' theme, head to the big box store, get the biggest pack of newborn diapers and thickest, most absorbent maxi pads ever possibly made. Or how about just some depends?

Load up on all the essential after-care items (nursing tanks, cheap sleepers, breast pads, breast pumps, and nipple creams).

Treat yourself to a brand-new pair of Lulus, a cool and comfy TNA hoodie, and at least a couple pairs of nice pajama pants (because you'll be wearingthem even if the Queen pops by for a spot of tea).

And of course there are the main big ticket items too (bassinet, bottles, soothers, carseat, wipes, bath wash and baby bathtubs etc.) but these are the things we typically remember.

If you've gone through this list and checked it twice (and added to it) let me tell you your babymoon will be almost as much fun as your honeymoon was.

OK, I lied.

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