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In case you’re not familiar with what nesting is, it’s basically preparing for baby’s arrival: decorating the baby’s room, putting everything in its place, and figuring out where you want to do what.

I personally feel like nesting was one of the best parts of being pregnant, but don’t be like me and get carried about buying stuff.

In my opinion, it’s best to wait until after the baby shower to REALLY start nesting. You never know what people will be willing to buy/give to you- cause people LOVE babies. We got lucky and we’re given almost all of our big ticket baby items: the crib, the bassinet, the infant carrier, the convertible at seat, multiple pack-n-plays, and the list goes on and on. But we were VERY blessed and although I would have loved picking those things out for myself, nesting was just as fun and much less expensive.

More than anything, please try to practice some serious self control in baby clothes shopping! As we already know; people love babies. And there’s nothing that gift-giving people enjoy more than seeing your baby in the outfit that they bought them! I quickly gave up on trying to remember who bought what so I could be sure to send pictures of my daughter in them, but if you still manage to have the brain power to do so, your family and friends will love it!

Don’t try to do everything by yourself. I know it’s irritating that nobody thinks your capable of doing anything anymore because you’re occupied with making a baby, but it’s in your best interest and the baby’s best interest to leave the heavy lifting to people who aren’t building an entire human inside of them.

Post baby shower, it’s okay to go ahead and fill in the blanks and supplement whatever is missing from your dream nursery, but be sure to use all those monetary gifts and gift cards to do so! Don’t feel pressured to keep items that you really don’t think you’ll use/need. Exchange that sucker and get something that’ll actually benefit you. People will always be trying to impose their parenting beliefs, quirks, and tips on you, but you aren’t required to take them. Pick the ones you like and take the ones you don’t into consideration.

You were made for this! Overall it’s supposed to be a fun mommy baby bonding time. You two will spend a lot of time together in this room, so make it personal and convenient to you! 

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