My Pre-Baby Maternity Leave Bucket List

It may be a couple of weeks sooner than I expected, but I’m officially on maternity leave! Yippee! I always thought I’d work as long as I could during pregnancy, and couldn’t imagine anything worse than having heaps of time doing nothing before baby arrives but sometimes, life throws you a bit of a curve-ball and I can honestly say that leaving work earlier has been one of the best decisions I’ve made throughout this pregnancy. For the first time in months, I feel refreshed, healthy and like I’m doing all I can to ensure Pickle has the best possible start in life.

With five weeks until my due date, I’m determined to make the most of this new found time I have and a maternity leave bucket list sounds like the best way to make sure I use this precious time wisely and productively. Anything with a line through it, I’ve already done – how satisfying!

maternity leave bucket list pregnancy bump

Things to buy:

Things to make:

  • Knitted hat for Pickle
  • Knitted mittens for Pickle
  • Knitted cardigan for Pickle
  • Pre-make some meals to freeze so we’ve got plenty in stock for after Pickle is born
  • Make some nice homemade flapjacks for labour sustenance!
  • A long overdue cushion I said I’d make for a friend’s new home MONTHS ago (she’s moved twice since then, whoops!)
  • A roman-blind for Pickle’s room

Things to do:

  • Go through all of the boxes in Pickle’s room and declutter
  • Build the Snuzpod
  • Build the Cotbed
  • Be on top of the mountain of clothes washing that has built up
  • Wash all of Pickle’s clothes
  • Go on a tour of the labour ward and midwife led unit (booked for Sunday 17th April at 4pm)
  • Spend some time with both of my Nans
  • Spend some time with friends that are LONG overdue visits
  • Get my hair cut

So there we have it. The beginnings of my maternity leave bucket list. I’ll keep coming back and adding to this list I’m sure, but it’s a good start. I’ll need to keep filling it up as it’s going to be a very long five weeks otherwise.

If you’ve got any tips for me as to what else is good to do in preparation for Pickle’s arrival – I’m all ears! I think I need all the advice and help I can get at this point.


  1. April 15, 2016 / 8:23 am

    I too had to leave earlier than expected due to having such bad SPD. I made the best use of the time with tick lists like you. I love a list, especially ticking things off from them 🙂

    One thing I’d like you to add to that list is “Get a box set I’ve always fancied watching and relax with a cupola for at least an hour a day”.

    • April 20, 2016 / 11:22 am

      Ha ha, thanks Rachel. You’ll be pleased to know that I have been absolutely binge watching Downton Abbey! Somehow, in just a couple of weeks I’ve managed to get onto the 5th series… HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?! I’ll be needing a new Box Set soon – any recommendations?!

  2. April 15, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Love that you have some crafty projects for Pickle on this list. I want to make as many things as possible. Working on big things now & have a few sewing projects lined up for when I’m a bit less mobile.
    I’m also going to have a fill the freezer session before the birth; seems like the best way to avoid an onslaught of takeaways & I can’t stand ready meals.
    I’d add indulging in afternoon tea to your list, and maybe a massage!

    • April 20, 2016 / 11:21 am

      Ooooh afternoon tea sounds like a WONDERFUL idea – I’ve been obsessed with watching Bake Off Creme de la Creme, so everytime I see those little miniature cakes it makes me drool for a proper nice afternoon tea. Ooh, will be keeping an eye out for your future craft projects! There’s nothing more therapeutic than crafting and sewing!

  3. April 15, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    This is a fab list you have here, you have included my number one piece of advice – to make lots of meals. I did this and it was a godsend. Make sure that you also get a bit of “you time” before the baby arrives, to read, sleep, have nails/hair done etc…..I hope you have a fantastic few weeks before the baby arrives, and relax. Claire x
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    • April 20, 2016 / 11:20 am

      Thanks Claire! The good news is, I’m definitely taking some time just to treat myself too (maybe a little too much treat time, is that possible?). Now just very excited for baby’s arrival…!

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