Preparing for a newborn can be a scary time for expectant mothers. So much focus is on the baby, and you just want to make sure they are safe and happy. One of the best ways to do this is by preparing your house for their arrival. Here are several things you can do to help make the transition easier for both you and your child.
Those first few days after your newborn comes home will be quite busy. One of the best things to do is to prepare some freezable meals before the baby comes. This will help you save money instead of going out, as well as keep your stress levels down. You won’t have to worry about making dinner when you're exhausted and trying to do so much other stuff. All you have to do is look in the freezer for something good to eat.
Going out with a newborn will make things a little trickier and possibly even harder. Do a large household shopping trip before you have your newborn if you can. Stockpile things like diapers, wipes, toilet paper, laundry cleaner, and other items that you may need. You don’t know how you’ll feel in the weeks following the baby’s birth, and it may take some time to adjust. If you aren’t able to do a large trip beforehand, think about using some type of grocery delivery service that will help keep you from going out too soon.
Clean the House
It may seem like a well-known thing to do but cleaning your home before a bay is a must. You don’t just want to lightly go over everything, give the place a deep clean. Give your floors a good carpet cleaning and scrub the hardwood. Wipe down walls and other areas where dust and bacteria could pile up. You may not be able to do everything yourself in your expectant condition, so don’t hesitate to ask others for help or hire a cleaning service.
Your life is going to be all over the place after the baby is born. It will take a little bit for you to establish somewhat of a schedule and routine. Even then it may not always go according to plan. Don’t try to get back to how things used to be too fast. While you should put your baby first and care for their needs before your own, you also need to realize that this is an adjustment time for you as well. There is no shame in staying home and doing things that you need to. You may just want to get some extra sleep instead of going out, so don’t force yourself to make plans that will get you up and going.
Proof the Home
While your baby may not be able to crawl everywhere as soon as he or she is brought home from the hospital, it’ll happen before you know it. It’s smart to go ahead and “baby-proof” the home before the baby is even born. This way things are already read when your child starts reaching those milestones of crawling, walking, and getting into things. Put chemicals in cabinets they won’t be able to reach and consider getting some type of cabinet locks that they won’t know how to work either.
When you have a baby, you’ll notice that they will need several different things. Not only do they need their own furniture pieces, but they’ll also need clothes, toys, bathing products, diaper bags, along with several other things. You may need to make room for all this by taking the time to declutter your house. Take a look at what you have and determine what’s really necessary or not. You can either pack it away to be used some other day, or you can go ahead and get rid of it now. Things pertaining to your hobbies might be able to go into storage if you know you aren’t going to have the time to pick them up for a while.
Your baby will become your life. Remember to look after yourself while you look after them though too.