Having a baby is an exciting step in a family’s life. Of course, it’s also a demanding step that requires some adjustments. You most likely already know this, whether you’ve just had your baby or you’re expecting him/her soon. You’ve probably been preparing for the sleepless nights (it’s hard to be ready for those…), the routine change, the dietary requirements, and other necessary aspects of bringing up a child. But one of the most important elements of bringing up your newborn baby is making sure the house is well-suited to their needs, both in terms of safety and their general happiness.
The following pointers should help you to prepare your home for a newborn baby.
Prepare your furniture.
For starters, you need to baby-proof your home. Everyday furnishings that seem perfectly harmless to a grown adult, or even a young teenager, can be very dangerous to a newborn baby. Once they start crawling around on their own, they’ll be bumping into tables and chairs all the time. Make sure you smooth the edges of any sharp surfaces to protect your baby from getting hurt when they go exploring. Rubber or plastic protectors are usually the best option. If a surface seems particularly unsuitable then you might need to get some new pieces of furniture. You should also get baby gates for the stairs. As a young baby or a toddler, stairs are still relatively unsafe for them. A home really has to change when a baby comes into it.
Prepare their room.
Obviously, one of the most important rooms in your new home is your baby’s room (or the nursery room, depending on what you want to call it). This room is your baby’s own personal space, and it should be completely designed with their health and happiness in mind. Choose bright and colorful designs for the walls and furnishings. And make sure that you put a baby monitor in there so you can keep an eye on your little one. This room needs to be designed in a pleasant but practical fashion. That’s the recurring theme throughout every step in your home preparation for a newborn baby.
You might also want to look into some beautiful and practical nursery furniture for your baby’s new room. Professional furnishings will both make your baby’s room look pretty and ensure that it’s all designed with safety in mind. That’ll give you peace of mind and make sure that your child grows up in a happy and secure environment. Make sure their cot is well-designed. It needs bars that are high enough to stop them from crawling out and hurting themselves, but it also needs to be a pleasant bed for them; it shouldn’t feel like a cage.
Prepare your routine.
Most importantly, if you want to make sure that your household is prepared for a newborn baby then you need to prepare yourself. Maybe you’ll be taking care of yourself and your partner, or maybe you have other kids. The point is that your time is going to be stretched very thinly during the early months of your newborn’s life. You need to be prepared for that, so start planning out a time-saving routine now. You might want to prepare some frozen meals, for example. Get some gift cards for local restaurants, buy a heap of ready meals (healthy ones), and start thinking of ways to look after the rest of your family in a way that won’t take up too much of your time. That isn’t meant sound callous; you just don’t want to find yourself unable to feed, clothe, and look after everybody properly.
Obviously, the rest of your family can share the responsibilities when it comes to bringing up your baby, but you’ll still probably feel a lot of pressure to take on duties by yourself. After all, it’s your baby. Make sure you also remember to get some sleep. If you want to be the best possible parent to your little one then you need to be in good health. Start thinking about your bedtime routine now, and be strict with yourself. If you go to bed late then you’ll regret it when you wake up an hour later because your baby’s crying. Try going to bed at a similar time as your little one to get as much sleep as possible. As for any other kids you have, you might want to distance their rooms from your newborn so that they aren’t disturbed during the night.
Gracina Estrella – Cabanog is a Digital Marketing and Growth Strategist for Businesses. She is a mother of two and a wife to a tech geek. When she is offline she cooks, watch TV and hangs out with friends and family on the beach. Join her free Facebook Community of Social Media Marketing Learners, too! She is the founder of the startup SparkHiveMedia.com