Pre-Baby Bucket List
Newborns bring much love and joy and cuddly warmth…but they’re also a whole lotta work! Here, moms share their favorite ideas for pregnancy pampering and indulgence. Add these activities to your pre-baby bucket list.
“I booked a hair appointment and went for a mani/pedi two weeks before my due date just in case my baby decided to make an early appearance. I knew it was going to be a while before I would be able to be girly and groom myself once I had my son.” - Callie S.
“I made sure to go on as many date nights with my husband as possible before our first son was born. I have so many fun memories from that time, and I feel like it helped strengthen our relationship even more for when we became parents.” - Lyndsey M.
“I made a list of 10 books I wanted to read before the baby was born. My friends with children told me they found it nearly impossible to find time to read once they became mothers, so I tried to catch up on as many books as possible. I made it through eight out of 10 — not bad!” - Chelsea K.
“I think a babymoon is a must! My husband and I took a long weekend and spent it at a resort that had a great spa for me and a golf course for him. We relaxed, ate great food and had our last vacation as a family of two!”
- Larisa M.
Eat (Out) and Be Merry
“We ate out every chance we got during the last month before our son was born. My husband and I figured we wouldn’t be going out for a while, especially to nice restaurants, so we took advantage of those final few weeks as much as possible.” - Tara R.
Mock it up
“I threw a mock-tail party for my girlfriends. I set the scene as though we were at a lounge that we would have gone to in the old days, made yummy appetizers and non-alcoholic cocktails. Of course this was during my second trimester when I still had that fabulous second wind, but it was the perfect girls’ night in!” - Janie S.
A Little Luxury
“When I was expecting my second child, my husband gifted me a night away at a hotel while he stayed behind and cared for our 2-year-old. It was amazing! I ordered room service, watched TV, read books and slept in late for the first time in what felt like forever. It was just nice to be alone in my own thoughts for 24 hours.” - Jill H.
“Nesting came pretty early in my pregnancy and nothing made me happier than feeling like I was getting things in order for our baby’s arrival. My amazing friends came over for a cooking night. We cooked and laughed as they helped me prepare meals to freeze for after my daughter was born. It was so great and helped me feel prepared.” - Brandy C.
“My husband loves movies, but not enough to pay an hourly babysitter plus $11 a ticket each, so we made it a point to see as many movies as we could before the baby was born. I think we probably went twice a week until those movie theater seats became too uncomfy in the last days leading up to my due date.” - Ana K.
“I took prenatal yoga classes as often as my schedule would allow before the baby was born. Looking back, I’m so glad I made that time to do something that was just for me. As a mommy you become so selfless, it was a great time to do something healthy for myself, and I still try to harness that feeling of calm from those classes while surviving sleepless nights with the baby.” - Jen N.