As a first-time parent, the excitement to get the new born baby home is very exhilarating. But a new born comes with its own list of “I need” and “Must have”. From their rockers, to cribs, medicines and prams, everything needs to be accommodated in to your house or room.
People with big houses design a baby nursery with all things necessary before- hand and there are some parents like us, who had to accommodate the new-born in our own room till we got a bigger house. In my last trimester, my husband and I got the entire interior of our room re-done to facilitate the soon to arrive baby. Space to store her clothes to having enough space to keep her other stuff, we planned everything.
Though we know that there is still some time till the little one scoots around the house exploring things, baby proofing while getting the house/nursery done is equally important. As it’s not just for the baby but also for the parents as wet floor or a shaky furniture in the house and a baby in hand can pose an indirect risk to the baby too.
So here are 7 things that we adopted and recommend to get the house new-born ready.
Deep Clean: First and foremost, while the house can look clean, it’s the minutest of dust that can cause allergy and infection to the new-born. Hence, it’s better to get the house deep cleaned. Specially the room where the baby is going to stay.
Proper ventilation: With the baby in house, you want to make sure that your room is well ventilated and there is fresh air for the baby. So, open the windows during the daytime for your new-born to enjoy some fresh air too.
Make room for storage: New born’s specially have lots of tiny clothes which need to be stored properly. Make sure you get the cupboards cleared or get a new one added in your room. Also, the bed side is going to be taken up by baby medicines and bottles, so make sure that are is kept clean too.
Declutter the house: You know baby is going to eat up a lot of space in the house and more is always less when it comes to baby. Hence, it’s better you start discarding what’s not required to make room for more. From furniture to clothes, do away with everything that is taking up unnecessary space in your house.
Clean up the washrooms: While hygiene levels need to go one notch up in the wash- room specially, you also need to make space for tons of baby products that are going to be used for its bathing and cleaning. Not just shampoo and bathing bottles, but you have to also accommodate bathing chairs and bathing tubs.
Baby Proof the edges: Though the baby is too small to move around, it’s still better to baby proof the edges of sharp furniture to avoid any sort of accidents. You get foam tapes and corner guards which can help you out.
Stock up basic baby items: Its always better to be ready with baby diapers and clothes once you are getting closer to your delivery date as you don’t know when the baby decides to come out and you may not get time to prepare later with the baby in hand.
Getting your house ready for your baby need not be very stressful. Rather you and your partner can start by the third trimester. Once the house is set, just relax and wait for the baby to arrive.
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