There is a lot of preparation involved in having a baby. You need to prepare emotionally and physically. There’s absolutely loads of stuff you need to buy, and you need to make sure your home is ready. This doesn’t just mean buying a cot. They don’t stay babies for long, so you’ll want to make sure it’s not a death trap for when they start moving around. Here are some tips to prepare your home for a baby.
Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Baby
1. Think About Sleeping Arrangements
To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, it’s recommended that the baby sleeps in your room for the first six months. This also makes night feeds much easier. Will a cot fit in your room? Or will they sleep in a Moses basket or crib for the first few months? How do you feel about co-sleeping? Have a think about all of the options.
2. Where Will the Pram Live?
Many people overlook this until the first time they get home with the baby and have nowhere to store the pram. Do you really want to be folding it up all the time? It’s best to have space where you can keep it up, ready for action. Before buying a pram, think about space at home, as well as in the boot of your car.
3. Make a List
It might be quite a big list. Some of the things you need to consider are:
- Room Thermometer
- Baby Bath or seat
- Bath thermometer
- Socket Covers
- Cupboard Locks
- Moses basket
- Feeding equipment
- Changing table or matt
And these are just the things for the home. Start planning as far in advance as you can.
4. Crawl Around
This might make you feel a bit silly, but the best way to make sure your house is safe for a toddler is to get down to their size. Crawl around, and see what you can touch, how high you can reach, what moves, what you could get stuck behind, or splinters from, and what you could pull over. Write another list as you go, then start babyproofing.
5. Clear Clutter
When you’re carrying a newborn around, you’re exhausted. You may even be feeding, so you don’t want clutter to trip over. Tripping while carrying a baby could potentially hurt you both. Make sure there are no wires to trip on, no clutter, and that there is nothing on the stairs.
6. Decorate the Babies’ Room
Once you have bought everything you need, start decorating. Many parents really enjoy the process, but if DIY isn’t your thing, find local tradesmen to help.
Don’t put things off. You don’t really need to decorate the baby’s room until the baby is around six months old and ready to move in. You don’t need to baby-proof until they’re mobile. But, time passes so quickly. During the first few months of their life, you will be unbelievably tired. You’re not going to have time to decorate. Do it now. Be prepared.
Do you have more tips to prepare your home for a baby? Do you agree with this list? When did you start preparing your home for your baby?
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