Your home may have been perfect for you and your partner for years, but now that the baby is on the way, there are things you may need to change for its arrival.
It could be an additional room for the nursery, or you may have to rethink the furniture layout to ensure comfort and safety. We listed tips on how to get your home ready for the baby.
Think ahead when designing the nursery
The nursery may be the first thing that comes to mind when prepping the house for a new baby. It’s easy to get excited about the design of the baby’s room, and many would-be parents fail to consider its functionality for the coming years.
Babies quickly grow, and the items in the nursery may no longer be relevant within a few years if they are only for infants. Instead, look for things the child would still be able to use in the future.
Have a baby space for various areas of the house
The baby will not just stay in the nursery. So, determine the areas you would frequently stay in with the baby, and have a space prepared where it can have a nap or rest. For instance, you need to have a baby corner set up in your master bedroom since there may be nights that you prefer to have the baby sleep in the same room instead of the nursery. The same goes for the living room or other areas of the house.
Thoroughly clean the house
It sounds like a no-brainer, but we are talking about not just a quick cleaning here but a thorough cleaning to eliminate dirt, germs, and bacteria. Also, take this opportunity to declutter and dispose of things you no longer need. It will give you more room for the coming of the baby.
You will need plenty of storage for the baby’s items, so eliminating unused or unwanted things would give you the space you did not think you had or needed. Hire a mini skip for the disposal of your waste, as cleaning the house already requires hard work, so you don’t want to spend your time and energy disposing of the garbage. The skip hire company will segregate the waste and determine which goes to the recycling centre and which ends up in the landfill.
Create an open space
Rethink the placement of your furniture. Have as much open space as possible to make it easier and quicker for you to move. So if you are in another room and need to attend to the baby, you can do that right away, as you don’t have to worry about obstructions along the way. Furthermore, it will also be convenient once the child starts to crawl or walk.
Childproof your home
It’s never too early to childproof the house because, as mentioned, babies grow up fast. Cover sockets, use child protectors on edges, and cushion the floor to keep the child safe.
You may need to sacrifice your personal preferences for the baby’s needs regarding your home design. However, it will be worth it for your child’s safety and comfort.