When you are expecting a new baby, it is a very exciting time of your life, but along with that excitement is also a lot of preparation. Whether it is your first bundle of joy or second or third, there is a lot to be done to get your home ready for your new arrival.
On top of all the new items you have to buy and things you have to prepare before welcoming the baby into the world, you also have to make sure your house is ready for a little one. This guide covers how to prepare your home for the arrival of a new baby.
Your Baby’s Room
Even if you are planning on sharing a room with your baby for the first few months, it is important to have a space dedicated to them. The baby’s bedroom can be used to store all the things you need for them until they are ready to move into it on their own.
You might be planning on having your new arrival move into a sibling’s room when they are old enough, but it can be good to prepare the space for them beforehand. Think about how you want to decorate their room and buy the furniture you’re going to need. Once the room is fully kitted out, you can start putting away all their clothes and toys ready for bringing them home from the hospital.
It is likely that friends and family will start buying gifts for your new baby months before they are due to arrive. Prepare a space for storing their new belongings early on and make sure it is somewhere clean and out the way.
Thinking ahead to when your baby is crawling and walking on their own might feel like a lifetime away, but every new mum will tell you it really isn’t. Time flies once your little one arrives, and it is often good to get prepared and babyproof your home before you are sleep deprived and have your hands full with nappies and crying children.
Store all your chemicals and cleaning products out of sight and in a securely locked cupboard. Put magnetic locks on all your cupboards that are within a toddler’s reach and move anything that could be a danger to your baby.
Before your baby arrives, double check all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in full working order. Always keep spare batteries in your home in case they run out.
Do A Deep Clean
Once your baby is here, you will have very little time for cleaning your home. The chances are you will make time for the essentials, and all the other jobs will fall by the wayside for a bit. Prepare for this by giving your whole house a thorough deep clean before your baby arrives.
Pull out the furniture, scrub the floors and clean the walls as you won’t have much time between feeding and sleeping once your little one is here. Think about the main hot spots of your home where dirt and germs can build up. Often this is light switches, door handles and kitchen cupboards. It is important to bring your child home to a clean environment, so they don’t pick up any bugs during their early months.
Keep anti-bacterial wipes near the main hot spots for germs in your home. That way once your baby has arrived it will be really easy to keep them clean.
Prepare For Visitors
As soon as your new baby is in the world, the chances are you will have plenty of visitors and well-wishers popping round to meet your new bundle of joy and lend a helping hand. You might have some overnight guests staying in the early days such as your mother, mother-in-law or best friend. Prepare everything you will need for when these guests are visiting so you don’t have to stress about it when the baby has arrived. Make sure you have spare bedding and towels ready to go and stock up on essentials like toothpaste and toilet roll.
It is also worth stocking up on things like tea, coffee and biscuits as the chances are there will be lots of friends and family popping in for a quick cup of tea and to meet your new baby and see how you are getting on.