While having a baby is a thrilling experience, it can be overwhelming. In fact, it can all feel like a bit too much at times. But you need to prepare for everything or you’ll kick yourself later on once the baby is actually here. Your little one will demand all of your attention and, quite frankly, you’ll want to give your newborn all of you all the time. You will have nine months to prepare but you must take into account that you’ve only got about six months during which you will have enough energy (if you’re lucky) to actually give everything all of your attention. So in between creating a birth plan, sorting out your insurances and policies and trying to wrap your ahead around your new little person’s arrival, you also need to prepare your home.
There are a couple of things you simply must do to ensure that the first couple of months with your new baby are happy ones. There’s nothing quite as stressful as coming home from the hospital to a house that isn’t prepared for your family, and this isn’t only pertaining to don’t sorting out baby’s room. Just about every new mother has spent ample time sorting out her baby’s room but what about the rest of the home? It’s important that you make things as comfortable as possible for all of you.
Here are three ways to make your home baby-friendly and safe.
Kitchen and meal prep
It is smart to revamp your kitchen before you have a baby and to do it in a way that is economical. While renovations are expensive, they can be worth it in the end. Consider the idea of baby-proofing your kitchen. Making sure that everything is clean and safe, that baby won’t be in danger of hurting themselves, is extremely important. A fine example of preparing your kitchen for your future with your new baby (who will soon turn into a toddler, kid and then a teenager) is to invest in a gas stove as opposed to an electric one. Gas stoves won’t eat up electricity and natural gas is far cheaper. Plus it is a safer option. Gas stoves don’t remain hot. Once the gas is turned off, the heat is immediately removed unlike electric stoves where the plates stay hot for a while after it has been switched off. And gas stoves don’t require any high maintenance. They’re easy to clean, safe and effective. And, once your kitchen is safe for baby, start stocking up your fridge and freezer. Either meal prep with casseroles, pastas, pies and so on so that you can quickly defrost dinner the evening before and you won’t need to bother yourself with cooking for the first few months. You can also look to invest in readymade meals if your budget allows.
Baby’s bedroom is not as important as your own
You may have spent an enormous amount of time and money on your new baby’s room. However, what’s actually most important is figuring out how you’re going to manage those nightly feeds during graveyard shift. You’re going to have to figure out a system that works for you. Most new mothers have every intention of using their beautiful, ornate rocking chair for the nightly feeds but they end up with baby in the bed with them. So there’s a new solution around that’s even better than a moses basket next to the bed. It’s a co-sleeper which attaches to your bed and keeps baby close and safe and results in you not even needing to get up. Setting up a system like this for the first month or two of baby’s life is really important. It will ensure that everyone gets the most sleep possible because it means baby is always nearby so you can rest easy at night and the baby isn’t in your bed but rather just next to you.
Keep your space fresh
We have all heard the awful stories of kids finding cleaning chemicals and thinking they are milkshake or juice because of their vibrant colours. Nowadays with all the kid safety mechanisms we can find, our little ones are certainly in less danger. However, not many of us consider the air around us in the home. When baby arrives home from the hospital it is exposed to your home environment where they’re suddenly in contact with all kinds of smells and air pollutants. Everything from your pet’s hair and the pollen outside to the synthetic air fresheners and bathroom sprays or even harsh disinfectants can be difficult for baby to handle. There are some small changes you can make that will help you freshen up your home. First and foremost, consider including some indoor plants as they are natural air fresheners and will dilute any pollutants in the air. Toss anything synthetic away and make use of natural oils to add a beautiful scent in the home. Keep a watch out for mould and treat any problem areas with natural ingredients. Start replacing your cleaning products with ones that are made of organic materials if and when possible and make sure your vacuum cleaner is HEPA (high efficiency particulate arrestance) friendly.