13 Stay-Busy Bed Rest Ideas
Dig Into a New Book
Forget the pile of books that's been collecting on your nightstand for months. Dig into something fresh that will quiet your mind, or make you think or laugh until you're ready to pop. The Book of Hygge will remind you that slowing down can be a good thing and demonstrate how to unplug and connect with family and friends. And you'll come away knowing how to pronounce the Danish word (it's hoo-gah).
Packed with tongue-in-cheek pregnancy-themed mazes, quizzes, and lists, The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People is a really good way to tap into your potentially waning sense of humor.
Meanwhile, The River at Night will have you on the edge of your bed with its nightmarish realism about four friends who get in a freak whitewater-rafting accident and are left to fend for themselves in the wilds of Maine.
Tap Into Your Competitive Side
Have your friends over, order Chinese food or pizza, and break out the board games for a raucous night on the couch. But we're not talking Chutes and Ladders. More like Game of Phones, with challenges like "Send a message to your parents. First reply wins," and "Most missed calls in the last week wins this card."
Or try your (#pregnancyswollen) hand at Kwizniac Trivia Game, which gives ten increasingly crucial clues ("It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Costume Design") leading to answers ("Titanic") that test your general trivia knowledge.
If kids are in the picture, try this Stop Motion Claymation Kit for hours of creative play together.
Netflix and Chill (for Real)
Get ready to Netflix like it's your job. The upbeat Sing Street snagged an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, so even if you're not a musical enthusiast it's worth a watch.
Cuddle up to Zootopia with the kiddos and you'll beam at the wonderful message centered around love and tolerance, all while getting a kick out of hearing Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Octavia Spencer as animated animals.
When the littles are off to bed, grab a bowl of ice cream and turn on Ouija to get your heart pumping with its ultra-creepy girl-becomes-possessed premise.
Give Yourself a Mani-Pedi
Light a scented candle, turn up some Enya, and get ready to treat yourself to an at-home spa experience. Soak your paws in a bath of warm, soapy water for a few minutes. Then, after clipping and trimming your baby-soft nails, paint on a few coats of toluene- and formaldehyde-free Knocked Up Nails, like the electric-looking Maternity Blue Jeans. Let them dry before steeping your skin in Mama Mio Megamama Super-Rich Omega Body Lotion to hydrate and nourish your hands, feet, and body.
Take Pen to Paper (or Fingers to Keyboard)
Being on bed rest gives you lots of time to think. If you're looking for a creative outlet for all that brain-busting, check out blogs like Think Written and The Write Practice for prompts that will get you tapping that keyboard. Or some new notebooks, like this "good vibes" buy from Minted, and funky pens, like this pickle pen, can also inspire your inner Toni Morrison.
Get In Touch with Friends and Family
If writing to a specific person gets you more energized, set aside time each day to scribble down one or two letters or emails. Write notes to your future baby or the future you about your pregnancy experience. (This is especially fun if you create an email address for your soon-to-be bundle of joy.) Jot down daily observations and reflections for your partner who may be experiencing the pregnancy in a very different way. Write angry letters to your inconsiderate neighbor...then maybe throw them out. Whatever feels productive or cathartic.
Scrapbook Like a Fiend
Dust off that baby book you never finished for your firstborn, or start stocking up on supplies to hit the ground running for your expectant babe. Scrapbooking-Warehouse.com has options ranging from whimsical to modern that you can mix and match to your creative heart's delight in any number of baby-themed books. If simplicity is more your style, a pre-planned design with fill-in-the-blank pages, like these memory books by Lucy Darling, is a surefire way to get the job done when you're kicking up your feet.
Engage in Some Retail Therapy
There'll be practically no time for shopping once baby arrives. So take the relative peace and quiet to check some items off your list. Browse Land of Nod for petite-sized furniture, Little Sapling Toys for wooden playthings, Tiny Cottons for pima cotton onesies, Solly Baby for a comfortable wrap, and Marpac for a white noise machine (you can thank us later).
Seriously Study Baby Names
There's no better time to brainstorm baby names than when you're couch-surfing for a couple of weeks or more. From trendy to vintage to names on the verge of extinction, they're all worth a look when you're deciding on the best moniker for your mini. You may even want to play around with letters and sounds to create your own baby names. Just an idea.
...Baby's nursery decor! From color schemes to baby carriers, now is the perfect time for you to start choosing.
Design Your Baby's Birth Announcement
Learn a New Skill
You may not have enough bed rest time to become an expert in something new (thank goodness), but you can pick up a few new life skills in 10 minutes or less. Here's where YouTube becomes your new best friend. You can learn how to code, how to sew a button, three ways to peel an egg, how to play the ukulele, and how to draw an eye. Be warned though, once you start "how to"-ing on YouTube, you may not be able to stop. But hey, it's good preparation for frantically searching "how to calm a crying baby" when the time comes.