Becoming a mom is a beautiful, exciting, terrifying, overwhelming, and joyful experience. There are so many changes happening in your life all at once and it’s hard to know if you are prepared or not. The truth is, you probably won’t ever be fully prepared. But hopefully these five articles will help you think through some decisions, prepare for baby, and be fully ready for a more or less balanced life with a newborn.


The Ultimate Mom-To-Be Preparedness Binder

The Naptime Projects

This is a helpful article to get fully ready for the actual birth process. You can’t have life with a newborn without actually giving birth right? So get all of your info together and in a safe place a few weeks before your due date. Starting off the mom life on an organized foot will help lead into the following weeks with at least a little bit of calm.

Preparing For Your Newborn: Everything You Need for a Warm Welcome

Univincible Mom

It can be hard to know what you actually need for baby. This article goes through recommendations on what to have on hand when you get home from the hospital and talks about why she recommends those items. It’s a great article to go through a few weeks before your due as well to make sure you have time to get everything ready before baby!

The Magical Breastfeeding Trick That Every Mom Needs To Know

Small Town Soul

If you plan to breastfeed, this is a great article. Breastfeeding is a difficult thing for most first time moms and then you pair that to sleep training and it’s just all a mess. Abbey has a great trick to continue breastfeeding and sleep train with a no cry method. I wish I had known about this trick earlier!

Should I Stay Home or Go Back to Work?

Toot’s Mom is Tired

It’s such a difficult question for so many women. And such a personal one. If you haven’t started thinking about it, you probably should. This article walks you through quite a few different things to think about to make a wise and informed decision.

Finding Balance and Dealing with Mom Guilt

Pizza and Pull-ups

I chose to include this one as I am so passionate about helping moms escape the mom guilt. And you may think that mom guilt really only comes around once you are out of the newborn stage. Wrong. It starts immediately. This is a great article on still doing things for yourself and how to deal with the mom guilt. It’s best to get a handle on this before baby gets here!


  1. Great suggestions!

  2. Thank you for these! I will need to revisit these when baby number 2 comes this August 😊

  3. Thanks for featuring my post!

  4. Thanks for this list…I adopted my first baby when she was one (she is now 2 1/2), so the 1st 3 articles aren’t for me but last two….the last two I’m excited about!! THANK YOU!

  5. I wish I had these articles all in one place when we welcomed our baby boy last year! Going to save and remember this when it’s time to start thinking about baby #2. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you for this list!! I had only read one of these, but will now be bookmarking the others 🙂


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