How to Get Your House Ready for a New Baby
Having a baby is one of life’s most joyous events. Doing some thoughtful preparation before the big day arrives will be helpful for you and your family later on. The following outlines some easy ways to get your house ready for a new baby.
Clean from Top to Bottom
Babies have fragile immune systems that need time to adapt and develop. Giving your house a thorough cleaning before the birth will eliminate dirt, bacteria, and viruses that could pose a challenge to a new baby. A clean home is good for you as well because you will be too busy to take care of household chores. You should also do as much laundry as possible. If you are not up to the task, hire a service.
Stock Up on Household Items
Make a list of items you would not want to run out of. This includes toilet paper, laundry detergent, feminine protection, and favorite foods. New babies require a great deal of time and attention, and not having to go shopping for the essentials will reduce stress for everyone.
Set Up the Baby’s Room
Your new baby will require a safe place to sleep. Depending on your preference, this will be either a bassinet next to your bed or a crib in a separate room. Ensure the baby’s bed meets federal safety regulations, especially if it was donated or purchased secondhand. Buy a high-quality baby monitor system as well.
Get Baby Supplies
A baby requires a staggering amount of supplies from the moment it comes home. This means you need to stock up ahead of time. Your list should include the following items:
Diapers: New babies require changing up to 12 times per day in the first few weeks of life. You will also need diaper rash cream, wipes, a changing table with pad, and a plastic container for a diaper pail.
Bedding and Blankets: Fitted crib sheets and waterproof pads are a must. Receiving blankets serve as swaddling and catchers of drool and spit up.
Clothes and Bath Gear: Babies need onesies, sleepers, a few dress-up outfits, booties, socks, and bibs. Bath gear includes baby shampoo, lotion, washcloths, and towels.
Medical and Grooming Items: You will need a humidifier, thermometer, infant pain reliever, nose spray, and cotton swabs. For grooming, get a brush and comb along with baby nail clippers.
Carrier, Stroller and Car Seat: Learn how to install the car seat before the baby arrives. Get a cover for the stroller to protect baby from the weather.
Create a Space for Yourself
Between feedings and diaper changes, you will need a space where you can unwind and take care of yourself. Set up a cozy corner with a comfortable chair and add books, videos, and music for entertainment and relaxation. Having a small oasis from all the chaos of a new baby will help with the adjustment period.
Install a Security System
If your home is not already protected by a security system, having a new baby is an excellent reason to invest in one. Modern systems allow remote monitoring and can be run from a smartphone app. Aside from protecting your home and its valuables, a security system offers peace of mind when your baby is in the company of a sitter or nanny. You will know exactly who is coming and going and how your child is being cared for. Flood sensors aren’t just for floods, you can get added protection from floods, carbon monoxide, and other dangers.
Getting a home ready for a new baby is no small task. With some careful planning and help from family and friends, you will be fully prepared for your new bundle of joy.
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.