Posted: May 28, 2012 8:17 AM
 
You're almost done and it won't be long before you're holding your sweet little baby in your arms! Before he or she arrives, make sure you've wrapped up your pre-baby to-do list, which includes talking to your insurance company about their procedures on adding your baby and interviewing pediatricians.

Find a fantastic pediatrician

Veteran parents will tell you that finding a pediatrician who is a good fit for your family can make your baby's first year a million times more manageable. Some people choose to go with their general practitioner instead of a pediatrician, and if that doctor is someone who also works with kids, you're in luck! Having one doctor for the entire family can certainly come in handy when everyone has the same cough and needs to be treated. If you're choosing a pediatrician, make sure you line up on important topics such as infant circumcision, immunizations and the use of antibiotics.

Learn about how to add baby to your health insurance plan

In most states, you have a specified amount of time to add your newborn child to your insurance plan. Once your baby arrives, it usually only takes a quick form to get things going. Since you've already been in touch with your health insurance company about the terms of your pre-natal care (right?), ask them about their procedure for adding a baby at the same time! Two birds with one stone -- we like that!

Pack your hospital bag

It's about that time... it won't be long before you'll be rushing off to the hospital to have your baby and you want to make sure you have everything you need. You know there will be some items that you'll have to add at the last minute -- keep a list of those things on top of your bag so that you don't forget anything on the way out the door or just in case your spouse has to grab it when you're not home. A few hospital bag tips from the allParenting team: Bring your own normal shower products from home and some makeup to freshen up (trust us, it helps!), a great nursing nightgown and more baby outfits than you think you'll need.

Let your friends and family know the plan

Do you want everyone you know to rush to the hospital the moment you feel your first contraction? Or would you rather people visit after you've made you way safely to the other side of the delivery? Whatever you choose, be sure to make it clear to those nearest and dearest to you to avoid hurt feelings and confusion when it's go time. And remember, you can always change you mind when you're actually in labor -- make one person the point person to whom everyone else can go for information. The last thing you need when you're in labor is your phone blowing up with anxious texts and phone calls!

Get your house prepped

One of the last things to do before your baby arrives, to be saved for the third trimester, is getting the final things ready around the house. Your nesting is sure to kick in soon, giving you the perfect chance to steam clean the carpets, make a dozen lasagnas to put in the freezer and plant some flowers in the front beds.

More about the third trimester

The third trimester: Will the baby ever arrive?
The top 5 things no one tells you about the third trimester
The third trimester: A guide to your baby's development

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