There’s usually a lot to do to get your home newborn ready before the big day comes. The more you prepare before the arrival, the easier your life will potentially be as a new mother.
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From creating a safe sleeping space to babyproofing, here are some suggestions for new parents.
Prepare yourself first
Before you do anything to your home, you must prepare yourself. Mental and physical preparation is key and helps you get excited about the new arrival. Exercise is safe when pregnant, even at 8 months. This excellent article, 8 Months Pregnant: Symptoms, Baby Development, And Tips, has some great advice about what to expect when you’re expecting. Educating yourself a little more will go a long way to preparing yourself for the big day.
Get a sleeping place newborn ready
One of the greatest joys when expecting a baby is decorating the bedroom. This is a great way to get excited about it and make it real because you have something tangible. It also helps begin the bonding process before the baby even arrives. You probably can’t wait to put the baby to bed in the beautiful room you make, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until the baby is older than 6 months. Before that, they should sleep in your bedroom.
Set an area for visitors
Bringing a new baby home will exhaust you and mean big changes for the household. Your life will also adjust to fit around the baby, and that means no going out, less time for yourself, and pretty much no sleep. So it is down to you if you want visitors because friends and family will want to greet the baby and check in on mom. If you are fine with this, set aside an area of the home, preferably away from where the baby mainly sleeps, as interruptions will cause issues.
Batch cooks meals for yourself
Time is limited when the baby arrives. Although there are times when you will be in the kitchen, it will most likely be to grab some milk for the baby or a quick snack. But snacking is no way to keep energy up as a mom. Before your due date, it is a massive help to batch-cook meals you can freeze and then reheat in the oven, microwave, or air fryer. Try to make nutritious meals with protein, vitamins and minerals, and fatty acids such as Omega 3 for energy.
Consider some of the key things
It’s a massive change to almost every part of your life when you have a baby. And it helps to be prepared with at least the basic things you and the infant will need. These will make it easier to feed, change, and care for the baby with minimal effort and reduced stress, which includes:
- Set a place for feeding your baby based on how you will do it.
- If you plan to bottle feed, gather bottles, sterilization tools, and formula.
- Assign a place for bathing, changing, and dressing the baby.
- Figure out the best sleeping plan for yourself and the baby, such as where.
- Carefully consider how you will dispose of diapers after changing.
- Buy the best stroller you can afford that meets your and your baby’s needs.
- Make a list of contacts you can easily reach, such as family members and dad.
Newborns need to be close to you for the first six months, so a safe and accessible space (at night and in the daytime) is recommended. It also helps to have a space set aside for caring for the baby’s needs. And having contact numbers will make it easier when you need some help.
Get the supplies you need
There are tons of supplies a baby needs, and these can deplete quickly. Stocking up will help in the first few critical weeks, so you don’t need to run to the store when you should be bonding. This can also be expensive, so having funds set aside will be a massive help. Some essentials to stock up on include the usual diapers, food, and washing supplies. Yet food also applies to your own nutrition. Further, toys and monitoring devices are also essential for baby care.
Create a baby changing station
Babies poop! And they poop quite a lot. You will need to change your baby around 12 times per day. Yes, you read that right. Therefore, a baby changing station is absolutely essential. A station should consist of a stable and comfortable platform for laying down the infant. You also need somewhere to store essentials such as diapers and wipes. Of course, these will pile up after use. So, you also need a safe and hygienic disposal system for used diapers and wipes.
A newborn ready home is babyproofed
The baby’s safety is essential when you bring them home. They wriggle around a lot, even when they are newborns. As they begin to grow, they are trying to get into everything before you know it. In the UK alone, around 2 million kids per year are taken to the emergency room after a home injury. This is why baby-proofing the home is vital. It can be hard to think of everything, but securing cabinets, covering electrical sockets, and blocking the stairs are all a great start.
Make some minor renovations
Before you have no time to do so, it can be a massive help to make minor renovations before the baby comes. This can be as simple as replacing older light bulbs so you can see them at night or as complex as remodeling a room. No matter what you do, however, ensure that any work or projects you take on will be done long before your due date. You don’t want the baby awoken by drills and hammers or breathing dust. Getting jobs done later will cause great stress.
Preparing yourself before anything else will help get yourself and the home newborn ready before the big day. There are also some considerations to make, such as where the baby will sleep or feed. Tackle small renovations and babyproofing early on to reduce stress.