What an exciting time having a new baby is. Whether you are starting a new family, or this is your fifth, a new baby is a magical moment. If this is your fifth, you will be petty confident and experienced about what you need to do, but if this is your first then you may be a bit unsure. So, this piece is for the first-time parents, the parents who may be panicking about the up and coming prospect of a little one entering the house.
Like moving to a new house, preparing yourself, and your house, as early as possible will settle some of the nerves and get you ready. Having a baby may seem an intimidating prospect, but the aim of this piece is calm those nerves and allow you to enjoy this exciting time.
This blog is going to give you four key tips to get your house ready for the new arrival.
How safe is your house?
This is not making sure your is an impregnable fort, this is about how safe your house is inside.
As grown adults we overlook the small things in the house; where you keep your cleaning products to the loose cupboard door, is something we don’t think about on the daily basis. However, it is worth looking over every small detail in your house, when the due date is up and coming. This is your chance to put yourself in the shoes of a little one again, walk around your house and test everything out around the house; how easy is it to pull off? Can they hit their head? These are questions you need to have in mind when looking round.
While it is important to make sure your house is safe fir a small one, it is also important to remember you cannot prepare for everything. Accidents are going to happen, you just must make sure, you limit the possibility for these to happen.
It’s time for a deep clean
Unfortunately, this is a must. It is time to put on the gloves and give your house a good clean. We are not talking about a full hospital sterilisation, as that is simply unrealistic, but just a good clean.
A young baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed when they first arrive home, and this should be kept in mind, with small levels of germs affecting a young baby more than they would affect an adult or an older kid. Cleaning the house doesn’t to be a mission, a thorough clean based on common sense will be enough.
A big thing to make sure is you are setting yourself realistic targets you can meet when your baby arrives home. It is important to note that while a through clean is needed, sometimes an ‘over-kill’ approach can be counterintuitive.
With having a new bay comes a plethora of new things which are essential when bringing home, a new baby. To make sure your house doesn’t seem cluttered, or crammed with new, it is useful if you make a space just for baby items. This just won’t save space in the home but will allow you to keep track of everything you may need and organise into the most useful system. Most importantly, it will make your life far easier and make sure your home isn’t taken by toys, prams, bottles and dummies.
On a final note, one place you will need to substantial place in is your fridge. For the milk, purees and all the food family will doubt bring a lot, your fridge will be and is one of the most important areas in your house.
Remember it is still your home
In all the excitement with preparing and bringing your new baby home, parents often forget that they live here is as well. Every single parent wants to make their home perfect for the new arrival, and often go overboard with the preparation. This is not to say they shouldn’t prepare as much but remember this is your home as well.
Having a baby is a tiresome job, a job which parents embrace, love and give 110% commitment. But when the baby has gone to bed at night or having a nap in the day, you should think about how you can make your life as comfortable as the baby’s. Simply you will want to be in a home you can relax and recognise. This is where making extra storage for all the extra items will help you out.
This piece has aimed to give you 4 simple steps to follow in preparing your home for your new arrival. Hopefully this piece has put you at ease.