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Having a baby is an amazing experience and probably one of the best times of your life, however it can also be an extremely stressful time. You’ve got the concept of having another person to look after to worry about, in addition to the fact that you not only need to prepare yourself for their arrival but also your home. Because the chances are, if you’ve never had a baby before, then your home isn’t going to be baby proofed and safe for your new addition.
Not sure how to start preparing your home for the arrival of your new addition? Then take a look at the tips and advice below, that should help to make the process as free of stress as possible.
Get on top of maintenance tasks
Before the baby comes it is a good idea to get the house fully prepared as this is when you will have the most time. Once the baby arrives, your life will become extremely hectic. Start by looking at the decorating – could your home do with a lick of paint? Obviously, you will want to paint the baby’s bedroom, but you can also redecorate other areas of the house if you want to refresh the decor and design that’s in place.
Another important thing to focus on is pest control. If your home has signs of having mice or fleas, for instance, then it is best to get these problems sorted before the baby arrives for peace of mind. You can deal with these issues yourself with traps and fumigation or you can get in pest control professionals to deal with it, which is recommended as this ensures the problem is properly and safely dealt with and should the reduce the risk of the pests returning.
Start purchasing baby items
Now that the baby is on the way you can start to purchase your baby items. This doesn’t just include new clothes for the baby, but also any furniture you need for the nursery. This could be a cot, Moses basket, bookshelf, wardrobe, chest of drawers, and whatever else you need.
Today, baby safety is a key aspect of preparing for your new addition. You can purchase specialist baby room thermometers and breathing and heart rate monitoring mats for your little one’s cot, which can be connected to your smartphone and can reduce the risk of SIDS.
This is also a chance to get all the toys and books that you would want your baby to have, if you don’t know the gender of the baby then you can just get neutral options. Of course, most toys, books and even clothing is now gender-neutral, so this shouldn’t be an issue.
Make your house baby proof
Making your house baby proof is a crucial aspect of becoming a parent. Although it won’t be neccessary for a while yet, it’s best to be prepared and get everything organised sooner rather than later, to ensure that your little one is as safe at home as possible.
Baby proofing can be as simple as plugging up the plug sockets and padding the corners of furniture. As your child gets older you can look to baby proof the cupboards and drawers so they can’t be pulled open easily, and it is also recommended that you attach any larger furniture to the wall to stop the child pulling it on to themselves.
Starting a family and welcoming a baby into the world is going to be stressful at times, but with these hints and tips, you will be able to enjoy your time with your child more knowing that you were prepared and everything is safe and ready to go, once you get your baby home.