They say that “cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing” it’s true! Although newborn babies cannot create much mess on their own, working for them can be pretty messy.
So, it is better to be prepared beforehand. Making your home baby-proof in advance is the best thing you can do for your newborn and yourself, and it is even better when you do it during pregnancy.
It may sound stressful but trust us it’s not! If you prepare your home ahead, you wouldn’t be overburdened later and will have lots of time to spend with your baby. We’ll help you prepare your home with our foolproof tips before the baby arrives.
1. Relocate before the arrival of the baby:
If you are planning on relocating, it is best to do it in the early days of pregnancy since it is a time-taking and nerve-racking process and it is the last thing you would want while heavily pregnant.
But if it is absolutely necessary to move house in the last stages of your pregnancy, then we would suggest you plan each and everything ingeniously and get all the help you can so it does not affect your or your baby’s health in any way. While we are on the topic of moving houses, you might want to take a look at Whistler Homes for Sale.
2. Prepare baby’s room:
Preparing a nursery for the baby sounds fun until you realize that the baby won’t be using the nursery as much. In the beginning, she will sleep with you for6-7 months, maybe even after that, depending on the baby. However, the point is that if you want to make a separate space for the baby, instead of decorating it with permanent decorations that you will have to change in later years, try to keep things minimal and temporary.
Using a neutral (in case you don’t know the gender yet) or pastel color for the walls, that you won’t have to change when the baby grows up, will be great. Do not paste anything on the walls that you cannot take out later.
Decorating should not be your priority in the beginning as we said the baby won’t be using this room at the start so you can do it gradually.The thing you should focus most on is her stuff, make a changing station where you can keep diapers, diaper cream, sanitizer, changing station covers, lotions, wipes, Q-tips, healing ointments, some toys, and blankets.
Also, prepare the wardrobe, place all the clothes in the closet but don’t go overboard because newborn babies tend to grow fast. Instead of keeping all clothes in newborn size, keep some in bigger sizes as well.
3. Prepare Feeding Station(s):
Having more than one feeding station in your home is recommended because newly born babies tend to have food several times a day. We would suggest you set feeding stations in the rooms that are used the most. The two most important rooms which must have a feeding station are your room and the nursery or the baby’s room.
There are some really important things that you must keep on all your feeding stations at all times: a chair and a table, burp clothes, Kleenex, Water (so you can hydrate while you feed), some snacks, a book, or your phone. Once the baby stops eating during the night, you can transform your feeding station into a pumping station by moving things around a bit.
4. Organize other rooms according to the baby’s needs:
Now that you have a tiny human living amongst you, you will have to consider her needs as well. Organizing other rooms according to her needs before her arrival will be a good step. The living room serves as an allrounder since your baby will play, eat, and even sleep in this room at times, so you might want to keep most of your baby’s stuff there. Keep a basket for toys and books and things like a swing, a bouncy, or pack n play in this room that will keep your baby busy throughout the day.
For the kitchen, if you’re using bottles, keep a bottle warmer, bottle brushes, and drying racks. 4-6 months in, you will need cabinet space for bowls, spoons, cups.Counter space (preferably flat and without edges) for a high chair or a tabletop seat, and some fridge space to store baby food. Keep a bathtub or a bath chair, towels, baby soap, and shampoo in the bathroom.
5. Making your home babyproof:
Safety comes first, right? So, keep in mind all the sharp objects and strings that could hurt the baby and put them away. Install safety gates where needed and put locks and latches on kitchen cabinets and drawers. Even though the baby won’t start moving right away, this is necessary if you wish to keep your precious baby safe. Lastly, give your house a good scrub and deep clean everything because you won’t be able to do it for a while once the baby arrives.
We hope this will prove to be helpful for you on your journey.
Congratulations to all the parents-to-be!