Bringing home your first baby is one of the biggest days of your life and can evoke a number of perfectly natural emotions. Joy, excitement, nervousness and the feeling of being overwhelmed are just a few that you may experience. One of the best ways to make sure you’re ready for bringing your baby home from hospital is to ensure you have prepared your house properly. There are a million and one things to do and buy before your baby arrives, but following just a few steps for getting your home ready will make a huge difference in lowering the overwhelming feelings you’re bound to have.
Babies take up a lot of space, and not just in the nursery. Their clothes, toys, accessories, and other various large items like pushchairs and bouncers will all take up valuable space in your home. This is why the first step in preparing your home for a new baby is to have a clear out so that you can declutter and organise your home.
Start with the room which will belong to the baby. You may currently be using this as a guest room, home office or dressing room. You’ll need to identify which items you can move to a different room, get rid of, donate, and those which will need to be placed in storage.
You’ll also need to clear space in other areas of the house, such as closets and cupboards, the loft and the garage. This is important so that you can clear space for those large items you will need to have around for the baby, like a car seat, pram, bouncer and walker.
Bringing baby back to a house that is organised allows you to start with a clean slate so that you are not struggling to find room to store things in a house that is already short on space.
Once the house is organised, it’s best to perform a deep clean. This can be hard work, so it’s best to enlist help from family and friends or hire a professional cleaner to do it for you. When you first bring your baby home, there will be a tricky transition period focusing on establishing the baby’s routine and resting when you can, so cleaning won't be a top priority. By making sure that the house is clean when you bring your baby home, you will have one less thing to worry about.
Key areas to clean include rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms which accumulate dirt and grime the quickest. Also, make sure your bedroom is clean and orderly so that you can get quality rest in there. Once the baby’s room is emptied and cleaned, you’ll be able to decorate, buy furniture and get everything set up just the way you want it.
Just as you won’t have much time to clean right after you bring the baby home, you may struggle to find time for other necessary tasks like cooking and shopping. A great way to make those first weeks easier on yourself is to stock up before the baby arrives.
Start by cooking meals in bulk so that you can freeze them. This way, all you have to do is defrost and heat something up in order to prepare a meal. You’ll also want to stock up on other staple food items that can be stored or frozen, like cereals, pasta, bread, snacks and so on so that you won’t have to worry about running out.
You’ll be glad you cleared out closets and cupboards because now you’ll want to stock up on things like nappies, nappy creams, bottles, etc and these all take up space and you’ll need a place to keep them. During late night feedings and changes, you’ll be thankful you stocked up so that you don’t have to worry about running out of nappies in the middle of the night.
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