When we got pregnant with our little man, we were living in a small one bedroom apartment. We had gotten married only 4 months before that so I had purged all of my extra stuff before moving in. So when it came to nesting, I really didn’t have much mess to deep clean or space to prepare a nursery. Instead I way over-organized all of our information.


The Mom To Be Preparedness Binder


At the time that I created this, I was working for my parents at their house. I’m pretty sure my mom thought I was going absolutely crazy creating these spreadsheets and excessive lists of information. I probably was a little crazy, but in the end I was so thankful for my over prepared binder.

This binder includes 17 printables (plus a free printable thank you card template!) ranging from contact trees, to hospital lists, to baby registry tracking, to places to put extra copies of your birth plan. It may be overkill, but I promise, it’ll put your mind at ease when the time comes to go to the hospital to have all of your information in one spot. It will also help in the months leading up to delivery to help you know you are on track to bring the baby home in the perfect way.


What’s Included


In this binder is almost everything that you could possibly need before and after baby comes. It starts out with hospital lists. I have a full page checklist for Mama’s bag, Hubby’s bag, and the diaper bag/ baby’s bag. Each have what I consider the essentials listed on it as well as plenty of space to add your own items to the list.

Then we have the “At The Hospital” section. This section has a spot to put your birth plan so it’s easily accessible. Then it also has a full contact flowchart as well as a contact numbers sheet. As soon as you’re in labor, your husband can take a quick glance at this flowchart and see exactly who he is supposed to text. Then those people know who they need to notify so that your husband doesn’t have to text a million and one people while helping your through labor.

The gifts and registry section has my full list of the essentials to have on hand before baby arrives. This list goes through baby gear as well as postpartum items to have on hand for Mama. It also has a sheet to track who gave you a gift and if a thank you note has been sent yet. Plus, I threw in cute thank you cards you can print right from home!

Last we have the House Prep section. I chose to make baby baskets to go in almost every room in the house. Each contained the essentials for diaper changes and nursing so that I didn’t have to go searching for things. And I’ve included lists of what each basket held in the binder for you! It also has a blank checklist for you to list the house projects you would like to get done before baby.

Hopefully that will be enough to help you get organized and feel at peace! And it has cute elephants on the front. You can’t beat that.

Did you like your printables? Is there anything you would like added? Let me know in the comments below or email me!


  1. This is perfect. I also found making lists comforting during my pregnancies. It helped me stay focused and I stressed less because I could physically see that something was already taken care of. May more soon to be moms jump on this.


  2. Never thought about having a binder like this when I was having my first baby. Would have come in handy. Be sure to make and give to the mom to be way ahead of time.

  3. Creating a binder is such a great idea! May I share this with other moms-to-be?

  4. This is such a great idea! I had no idea what to pack for the hospital with my first and found myself packing a bag while in labor! I had to throw some things in and leave for the hospital, hoping I had everything I would need.

  5. What a valuable resource! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love this! I was at such a loss with my first and felt completely under-prepared. This time, I plan to be over-prepared as much as possible 🙂

  7. I definitely could have used this before my oldest was born!! Anything to make that season easier would have been amazing!


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