There’s no more exciting time in a parent’s life than those few weeks before the baby comes. While you might be beaming with happiness, don’t forget that babies require a lot of things in order to have a happy and safe childhood, so start preparing your home today. Here are a few things you must not forget to get in order before the baby arrives.
Have a safety audit
While it might seem far into the future, babies literally grow overnight and soon your little one will be crawling and exploring the house. So, make sure to baby-proof and remove all loose items and soften all sharp corners. All cleaning products, medication, and other chemicals need to be stored in locked cabinets. If you have any firearms in the house, keep it under lock at all times.
Make space for baby things
Babies need a lot of stuff, so make sure to clean out your space for their things. For example, just take a look at your kitchen. Do you really need that waffle maker on the counter? Put it away and free the space for a baby-food maker or bottle rack. Organize cabinets and make space in drawers for pacifiers, pump parts, and other smaller necessities. Start with your kitchen and make space for baby stuff all over your house.
Equip your bedroom
Every pregnancy and every baby is different, but one thing is for sure: you’re going to be very tired when the baby comes. So, in order to minimize your exhaustion, you can get a co-sleeper that attaches to your bed. This way, you don’t have to go to another room to feed or soothe your newborn, but keep them right next to you (but out of harm’s way).
Invest in a baby monitor
Unless you live in a super small home, you won’t be able to keep an eye on your kids at all times. So, a baby monitor might be very helpful. It will allow you to hear your baby and even see whether he or she is sleeping well. There are various monitors today, so check some reviews before you invest.
Pre-make some food
Once your baby comes, you won’t have the time or strength to cook any food, so make sure to have some other options at hand. You can gather your friends to help you cook and you’ll have a full freezer of microwavable meals that will keep you and your partner strong and full during the first week or two. Additionally, make sure to eat well from the start to the finish of your pregnancy. If you don’t know what your body needs during every week of your pregnancy, make sure to learn. For example, want to know what your body needs in week 11 of pregnancy—consult the internet and your doctor. You’ll learn all about superfoods to munch on and some great recipes as well as pregnancy symptoms and bodily changes normal for that time. It’s always great to know what to expect!
Grab an extra hamper
You’ll be blown away with how much laundry babies produce, so make sure to either get a bigger hamper with separate compartments or buy another hamper just for the baby.
Learn how to remove stains
Spit, formula, baby food, poop, and pee will all be present in your house all the time. But, you don’t have to live with them if you have some enzymatic stain cleaner. Enzymes break down stains, even those super stinky and stubborn, so you just need to spray some stain remover on the item, soak it in cool water and wash in the machine. These cleaning tips will come in super handy.
Clean your carpets
This is especially important if you’re renting: make sure to have your carpets professionally washed. You don’t want your baby rolling around old stains, dust, hair and pet dander! After a professional carpet clean, your home will look much better, smell amazing and be 100% safe for your little one. Do this before the baby is born, because you’ll most likely be too busy for that.
Keep the space fresh
Did you know that indoor air can be ten times more polluted than the outside air? That can’t be healthy for your baby, so make sure to keep your home well ventilated. Even if your home is clean, it will not feel fresh until you fill it with clean air. Open bedrooms in the morning to let some fresh air inside and fill your house with oxygen.
Prep for family visits
Your parents or best friends might want to come to visit and they will need a place to sleep. So, make sure to keep your guest room well-equipped—you don’t want to go searching for clean towels and sheets just as you come back from the hospital. While you might appreciate help from family and friends, you don’t want them to be a burden if they keep asking for linen, hygiene products, and similar things, so be well-stocked.
If you prep your home like this, you’ll get to welcome your baby in style and have smooth sailing in front of you. With a house that’s safe and practical, you will be able to aim all your attention to your little bundle of joy as you should.