Baby bucket list: 17 things couples must do before becoming parents

17 things couples must do before having a baby

Romantic stuff like this becomes tricky when you have a baby

You’ve thought long and hard about it and finally come to the decision that it’s time to take the leap and try for a baby.

You’re already talking about what names you like, what kind of parents you want to be and what the nursery should look like.

Yes this is an exciting time, kids are wonderful, most of the time.

But before you celebrate that special wee-on-a-stick moment, there are a few things you need to do first. Take it from someone with a life sentence, you can thank me later.

1. Have a conversation

This won’t be happening when the baby arrives, unless it’s to debate whether the nursery is too hot or too cold.

2. Go somewhere, anywhere

Go to Australia. Go to New York. Go to bloody Bognor, just go somewhere just the two of you.

3. Daytime drinking

You’re not doing it because you’re alcoholics, you’re doing it because you can! Pick a day when a sporting event is on, something for grown-ups, and mingle with your fellow child-free and carefree people. Or why not just grab lunch and share a bottle of wine.

4. Spontaneous night out

When the baby arrives all plans will need to be finalised in writing between the two of you at least six months in advance so you can find someone to babysit.

5. Lazy day in bed

17 things couples must do before having a baby

Savour every minute

Do not get out of bed, even if you need to wee. Just savour the freedom, the luxurious freedom, of doing sweet f**k all.

6. Cinema

You won’t be seeing a non-Disney film for at least another 10 years. Get your Tarantino fix now.

7. Appreciate your clean home

Take a good, long look around your neat and tidy house. You will want to remember what it used to look like.

8. Sit in silence

While conversation may be due after having a baby, you would equally appreciate total silence for more than five seconds.

They do say that the greatest sign of true love is when you say nothing at all.

9. Enjoy full ownership of your home

When the baby comes their stuff will multiply and spread across all corners of every room. Make sure you appreciate every bit of space while you can.

10. Watch grown-up TV shows

Soon all you will be watching is Peppa Pig on loop until you’re ready to gouge your own eyes out with the TV remote. Get The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad or Stranger Things on TV and refer to item number 5.

11. Leave the house

Just stand up and walk out of the house. Really take the time to appreciate just how simple that was.

12. Cook a meal

Find an exciting recipe so you can do some experimenting in the kitchen. Drink wine and maybe even have a go at making a creme brûlée.

Soon the only thing you will be cooking is alphabetti spaghetti.

13. Wear white clothes

17 things couples must do before having a baby

Best enjoy those stain-free white clothes while you still can

Got a favourite white top? Wear it every day while you still can. White is like a magnet for sticky fingers.

14. Take pictures

Soon the only photos you will be taking will be of your baby. Take pictures together so you can remember what you looked like before you aged 10 years overnight.

15. See your friends

Make time for your closest friends so they have a clear memory of when you used to be normal and didn’t start every conversation with “Little Billy did the funniest thing today…”

16. Take a walk

Luxuriate in the fact that you haven’t had to bring everything but the kitchen sink out with you.

17. Sleep

The couple that sleeps together, survives together. Rest now and hope you can store up energy reserves for when your little sleep thief arrives.

Tick all these things off the list and you can guarantee parenthood will be a breeze*.

 

 

*Disclaimer: There are no guarantees, returns or refunds when it comes to parenthood.

 

Baby bucket list: 17 things couples must do before having a baby

 

Lucy At Home

You Baby Me Mummy
This Mum's Life

14 Comments

  1. September 4, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Ha! Love it and all very true. I’d also add read a good book before having a baby too, I’ve hardly read anything since having my two

  2. September 4, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I think making the most of every moment because once they’re here there seems to be no time for anything #thelistlinky

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 4, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Agreed! Thanks so much for reading x

  3. thismumslife
    September 5, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Ha!! They’re all spot on, but definitely number 11, just definitely…!! The amount of times we’ve had conversations like ‘remember when we could just go out? Like, just say we are going out, and go out then and there? Can you imagine…??’ Usually when we’ve made the 10th trip back to the house for something that’s been forgotten!! I wish I’d travelled the world before we had our children!
    Thanks for joining #bigpinklink!

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 5, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Oh yes me too, I’ve still got a bucket list of places I would love to reach some day! Thanks for hosting lovely xx

  4. mackenzieglanville
    September 6, 2017 / 8:02 am

    haha love it, gosh it is all so true! After 13 years of parenting so far I long just to watch a movie without interruption! #blogcrush

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 6, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      It would be so nice! Thanks for reading and sharing x

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 6, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Yes it would be so nice wouldn’t it! 13 years is a loooong time. Thanks for reading x

  5. talkingmums1
    September 6, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Haha to wearing white, I never buy white clothes anymore. Sleep and going on a big holiday every couple should do before kids x
    #BlogCrush

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 6, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Yes a big holiday with lots of white holiday clothes! Haha xx

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 7, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you x

  6. September 7, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    haha love this. I would literally do anything to spend a whole day in bed just doing nothing..that’s my dream! Also you are so right about conversation, we literally only ever talk about the kids haha xx #blogcrush

    • themummybubbleblog
      September 8, 2017 / 6:25 am

      Haha, glad it’s not just me! Thank you xx

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