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25 Things to Do on Bedrest

Here are a few ideas for my moms and future moms who have to spend some time on bedrest and are going stir crazy with boredom:

  1. Knit a blanket, baby socks, or quilt or make a Tutu (mesh headband or elastic band and tulle)

  2. Birth Plan Checklist

  3. Count fetal kicks

  4. Find an encouraging passage from the Bible or inspirational quote daily

  5. If you’re on bedrest at home, have a routine story time with your kids and find some interesting books. If at the hospital, you can Facetime or Skype story time with your other kids. If this is your first baby, video yourself daily reading a story or telling a story you created.

  6. Create a recipe book

  7. Compose baby shower wish list/registry or even plan shower for yourself

  8. Journal each day on bedrest—what you do and how many days and thoughts

  9. Update addresses of people to send birth announcements or thank you cards to

  10. Look at birth announcements online/ request catalogs of baby stuff

  11. Think about baby’s 1st year (possible appt dates, daycare research, even start looking into future preschools and kindergarten guidelines.)

  12. Pinterest- ideas for baby’s 1st birthday or Sip N See

  13. Sign up for Parents as Teachers

  14. Order online in advance (diapers, formula, etc.)

  15. Draw & Compose kids’ books

  16. Color in adult coloring book or kids coloring book that you can hang some of the pages in your baby’s room.

  17. Plan a future vacation (look at pricing, budget, things to do, think of who you’d like to go with, etc)

  18. Prepare for the next holiday with crafts. For example, if Christmas is coming up, decorate a stocking for your baby or a loved one. If Valentine’s day, make a Valentine box, etc.

  19. Join a community in one of the pregnancy/parenting apps such as “What To Expect” or “The Bump”. You’d be surprised who shares your experience and can make friends/bump buddies. (P.S. Also join the community here at – lots of interesting topics, trivia/giveaways, and even an area to shop for customized gifts)

  20. Research infant care/ CPR

  21. Buy or order Nano baby gadget

  22. Develop goals or job placement plans and such for after delivery

  23. Set schedule throughout the day to do things (Example: 9am-wake up and eat breakfast, 11- craft, 12:30 lunch, 2pm-write in journal, 3:30-nap, 5pm-watch news, 8pm–bathe/wash-up)

  24. Throw a virtual baby shower ;

  25. Arm exercises and leg stretches; Be sure to rotate sides you lie on at least every 2 hrs

Hope this is helpful and feel free to share other ideas! Take good care, hang in there, and remember that it's only temporary.

~Yo! Mama

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