11 items to have organised by your third trimester

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Hello to the most exciting time in pregnancy and farewell to being able to paint your own toenails, you’re about to hit the homestretch. As that gorgeous baby bump heads into a supersized territory and the third-trimester beckons, it’s time to cross some big-ticket items off the to-buy list.

From baby furniture that needs to be set up and ready to maternity comfort must-haves, ticking off this list will make you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat on the winding road to motherhood.

Here are 11 items to have set up so you feel more organised by your thrid trimester.

1. Maternity pillow

A maternity pillow is on the list of what to buy before the third trimester

If you haven’t invested in a comfy cuddly pillow to make drifting off to sleep easier, now’s the time to do it. As bub gets bigger you’ll be craving support for your hips, back and belly, so take a browse through our article on Australia’s best maternity pillows and find the shape that’s right for you.

2. Belly support

Best belly support for pregnancy

Soon your toes will be well out view, and you might find you need a little extra support for that beautiful baby belly. A belly support band helps ease the pressure on your hips and back and some even stop you from accidentally flashing your belly if your tops are getting a little tight.

Have a look through Australia’s best belly support bands and see which one’s right for you.

3. Leak-proof underwear

ModiBodi Maternity Singlet

Ok, things are about to get a little moist around here. The third trimester comes with its fair share of leakage, from breasts to discharge down below, so be prepared by stocking up on some leak-proof undies and singlets.

4. Baby sleep space

Babies cot is high on the list of what to buy before the third trimester

Cot or bassinet, it’s totally up to you, but the nursery just won’t feel complete until that crowning glory is set up and taking pride of place. Having the cot set up and ready by the third trimester is a huge weight off your shoulders, especially if bub comes early. (image via Oh Eight Oh Nine)

Read our Before You Buy Guide: Cots for everything you need to know before buying a cot or bassinet.

Change table

setting up a change table for new baby

When buying a cot it’s a great time to kill two birds with one stone and source a change table too. Once set up, use our handy checklist and spend the third trimester stocking the change table with everything you need to hit the ground running.

Or, if you’re ditching the tradition change table, have a look around from something that will serve as an alternative change space.

A set of wheels

Be ready and make sure babies pram is on your list of what to buy before the third trimester

It’s finally time to go pram shopping and choose your pushing chariot if you haven’t already. Narrow your search using our handy  Before You Buy Guide: Prams & Strollers.

And don’t forget the wheels selection is really important, so have a read of which type of pram wheel is right for you.

Car seat

you should buy a car seat before your third trimester

One of the most important pre-baby purchases you’ll make is the car seat. If you need help narrowing down which one to choose, head to our guide Before Your Buy Guide: Car Seats.

It’s also worth investigating which are the safest car seats in Australia and read up on how to install the baby capsule in the car.

Baby carrier

Hug-a-bub Newbie Baby Carrier

Buying a baby carrier before the clock ticks into the final trimester means you can still try it on and make sure it’s the right one for you without your belly getting in the way too much.

It’s also a great time to read up on baby carrier safety tips and if how to use a baby carrier if you’re having a c-section.


What nappies to buy before baby arrives

Yep, it’s time to start stocking up. Whether its modern cloth or disposable, nappies can be popped onto your shopping list regularly so you can chip away at a stash. Stuck for choice?

Have a look at the top 10 disposable nappies. Or get a couple of cloth nappy trial packs.



While you’re at it, baby wipes are about to become your new best friend so start popping them into the trolley too. You’ll never have too many so do your research with our list of Australia’s best baby wipes.

Baby clothes

Guide to buying the right baby size for the right season

Teeny tiny clothes, oh my! We give you full permission to let loose and kit out bub’s wardrobe with newborn basics and have them ready to go for the big day. Our Buy Ahead Guide: Baby Clothes has a helpful chart that will guide your size choices depending on the season and birth date.

Read next …

We know that the third trimester is all about prepping for baby and ticking off those all important to-do lists. To help you feel ready, here are a few more handy checklists that you might like to read.

Ask other mums…

Think you may have missed something? Join the Mum’s Grapevine pregnancy groups and ask other mums what’s on their list of things to buy before the third trimester. The Mum’s Grapevine closed pregnancy groups are safe and supportive Facebook groups based on the season you’re due.

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