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Preparing your home for your baby

7th January 2020

Bringing home your pride and joy for the first time is an exciting time for all parents, whether it’s their first, second, third or even sixth child. The unconditional love that a parent will have for their child is like no other and so you want to ensure that you are providing them with everything they need to live a healthy and happy life. To do this, you will need to make lots of preparations and changes to your home so that your home is ready for when you bring your baby home from the hospital. 

Safety checks 

First things first, as a parent, you have a responsibility to ensure that your home is safe for your child. While newborns will do little more than sleep, eat and cry, your little bundle of joy is quickly going to grow up and before you know it they will be crawling all over the house. Therefore, you need to prevent falls by installing stair gates and cover up any sharp corners that could pose a danger. 

Re-evaluate space 

As you will quickly realise during your pregnancy, babies need a lot of essential items, from a pushchair and car seat to a high chair, Moses basket and cot. Not to mention they will also have hundreds of toys, nappies and muslin cloths. These will take up a huge amount of space within your home. So in order to make room for all of this, you should re-evaluate how much clutter you have. Can you sell or donate any old stuff you no longer need? Can you place them in storage? 

You might find that actually you don’t have as much space as you would like for your family to grow up in. This could result in you looking to move elsewhere to somewhere that is more accommodating for a growing family. 

If you can’t or don’t want to move, then you will need to find solutions as to how best optimise the space. Floor to ceiling storage units will make the most of the available space which can store away items that you don’t need on display. 

Decorate the nursery 

While your baby will be staying in your room for the first few months, eventually they will be sleeping through the night in a cot in their own room. Decorating the nursery months in advance will ensure that any paint fumes have completely gone by the time they are staying in the room. Popular options for nurseries are a cream, grey or white colour scheme. These work with both white and wooden furniture. Finish off the look by adding super simple but effective star wall stickers. You could even add them to the ceiling or wardrobe if you wanted to make the nursery into a starry wonderland. 

Dedicated baby boxes in every room

You will want to have nappies, wipes and a changing mat easy to hand so that you can deal with the dirty mess quickly. Having a storage box in the nursery, your bedroom and downstairs in the most communal living space such as the living room will make it easier when changing your baby. This way, you don’t have to worry about running downstairs to grab everything you need or vice versa. 

Posted by Mark at 3:19pm

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