With a new arrival on the way, we understand that you already have a lot on your mind. There’s so much to prepare for the arrival of a newborn that it can quickly turn into a seemingly never-ending list of tasks. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, don’t worry, you’re not alone and we are here to help.
Making your home child-friendly before the baby arrives will help you enormously. The key, of course, is to make the changes prior to your new addition settling in. Once they arrive, you are going to be much, much busier with their care. Alter your home to make it child-friendly now and save yourself a lot of stress down the line.
Here are some simple, actionable tips to help you prepare your home for your new arrival and make the entire experience more enjoyable.
Start With the Essentials
We all want to give our baby a nursery straight out of a parenting magazine, but for most of us, this just isn’t feasible. Instead, focus on a few essentials that will really make a difference to your child’s comfort and security. A good-quality crib and mattress should be the first thing you organize, followed quickly by an area for changing. Wallpaper, toys, mobiles and everything else can wait until later. Get the essentials first.
Install Security Doors
Parenthood means additional responsibilities and you want to give yourself every chance of fulfilling those responsibilities. When you’re running around trying to organise your home, your life and your children, it’s easy to forget things.
Did I leave the door open? Are the kids inside? Where is the dog? Installing security doors gives you that extra peace of mind knowing that your family is safely inside your home and that all unwanted visitors are kept out. For those living in warmer climates, screen doors allow regular airflow through the house without the need to worry about a quick exit from the kids.
Trust us, once that baby comes, you’re going to be busier than you ever thought possible. As you prepare your meals over the last few weeks of pregnancy, cook double portions and freeze the extras. You’ll be glad of the sustenance of a home-cooked meal when your new addition has arrived and you can’t find the time to cook fresh meals every day.
Quit the DIY
Good intentions will have you doing everything in your power to transform your home before your new bundle of joy arrives. You might find yourself doing every last DIY job you had ever planned for your home in anticipation of your new arrival, just be sure to stop in time!
The last thing you want is for the house to be turned upside down when you get back from the hospital due to your home improvements. Aim to get everything squared away a few weeks before the due date.
Create an Oasis of Calm
Between the actual arrival of the baby and all of the visitors coming to meet your new addition, your house is going to be a very busy place. In the middle of all this madness, it’s important to have a refuge you can find some peace in. Most new parents find that the living room and kitchen are where most of the action takes place.
Therefore, take the chance now to create an oasis of calm in a more private room, such as your bedroom. New bed sheets, a few throw pillows or a vase of flowers can go a long way to creating a soothing vibe for you to retire to when it all gets a bit much.
Get Started Early
The key to preparing your home for your new baby is to start early. The sooner your home is ready for your new addition, the sooner you will be too. Take the stress out of the last few weeks by taking the appropriate steps to preparing your home now and enjoy the remaining weeks of your pregnancy feeling relaxed.