Welcoming a new baby into your life is undoubtedly an exciting yet overwhelming experience. While it brings a lot of excitement and happiness to both you and your partner, it also requires you to get your house ready for the new guest coming to your family. Here are eight suggestions of what you can do to get your home ready for the arrival of your new little bundle of joy!
#Clean the House
Take full advantage of your nesting instinct and clean your house from top to bottom. Remember, this may be your last opportunity to get your house spick and span for a while. If you’re physically unable to do the heavy work, you can get help from a friend or family member.
#Set Up a Few Dedicated Changing Stations
Since you will be changing your baby’s diaper many times a day, consider setting up multiple diaper changing stations throughout your house. Not only will this help you avoid the risk of getting your couch, bed, or carpet dirty during diaper changes, but also it will save you from running up here and there every time you need to change the diaper.
Even if your little one won’t be crawling until around six months of age, it’s much better to make your home baby-proof early since you’ll not have time to even think about it after delivery. Cover up electrical outlets, tie up and hide window cords, block stairways by installing safety gates and do whatever you can to make the home safe for your baby.
#Set Up a Place for the Baby to Sleep
Your infant will need to have a warm, safe, and comfortable place to sleep, such as a crib or bassinet. Consider investing in a durable crib or cradle to keep your baby’s sleep area ready before his arrival. Additionally, purchase some other bedding essentials, like a baby mattress, a couple of ultra-soft and breathable baby blankets, and waterproof sheets, to provide your newborn a cozy sleep environment.
#Pre-wash Baby’s Clothes and Bedding
You don’t necessarily have to do this, but if your little one is born with sensitive skin, pre-washing your baby’s clothes and bedding would reduce the chances of irritation to a great extent. As you really don’t know what condition your baby’s clothing has been kept in before your purchase, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
#Purchase Breastfeeding Essentials
Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, purchase all the essentials that you’ll need to feed your little one. It can be an opaque nursing cover, a breast pump, a comfy nursing pillow, or anything else that can make breastfeeding easier for both you and your baby. After the arrival of your little one, you’ll undoubtedly be time-poor to buy all these things.
#Stock Up on Nappies
Running out of diapers in those first few days is something you would like to avoid at any cost. Given that your newborn will need around 10 to 12 disposable nappies a day, stock up enough now to avoid running to a shop after the birth of your little one. If you don’t prefer to buy disposable diapers, opt for reusable ones instead.
#Pack Your Hospital Bag in Advance
While you’re in the ninth month of your pregnancy, it’s highly recommended you pack your hospital bag. You never know when you will go into labor, and therefore it’s better to get all your essentials together by the start of the last month of your pregnancy. Pack all the things in your baby’s hospital bag and put it by your front door!