You know how when you are moving into a new home, you'd like to move in when all the paintwork is done, the floors waxed, your furniture arranged and your bathrooms spotless? Well, that's the same way you should prepare for your baby's arrival. For nine months, they have had the coziest, warmest home in your womb and now that they are on the other side, you want to make sure that your baby is comfortable, safe and happy in their new home. This will mean making a few changes in your home to accommodate its new occupant.
Here are a few tips you can use to get your home ready.
1. Clean the house thoroughly. I don't mean just regular dusting and mopping. Before you know it, your cute little bundle of joy will be crawling and sticking his fingers in all the unimaginable places so before he comes, makes sure all the nooks and crannies are clean. Take the carpet out to be washed, the seat covers, disinfect the floors and surfaces, especially in the room where he will sleep or spend most of his time in. Make sure you use a baby-friendly detergent that will not react with baby's delicate skin.
2. Safety first. Take a day to just go through your house and find all the potential safety hazards. Baby-proof your furniture (this is the time to do it because you won't want workers roaming around your house with tools after the baby is born). Sharp-edged tables, chairs, exposed sockets, the works! Make sure that when baby starts crawling, they won't accidentally bump their head onto a sharp edge or stick their fingers where they shouldn't belong. Also, remove anything from the baby's reach that can poison him. Detergents and aerosols on the bathroom floor, shampoo, rat poison. Whatever the case, make sure it is all unreachable.
3. Stimulate your baby's senses. Expose your child to various colors and textures from an early age. This does not have to be an expensive job. You can even put up stickers on the wall near the baby cot and maybe have a speaker through which you can play soothing sounds.
4. Create a comfortable space for yourself. For the first few weeks, you will probably be sleeping as the baby sleeps and spending a lot of time in your room. This is the time to buy new sheets or a cozy blanket or that rocking chair you loved at the store. When mummy is comfortable and relaxed, it makes it so much easier for baby to be too.
5. Arrange everything you will need for the baby. Wash and fold his clothes, keep his bath basin close by, clean feeding bottles and have a drawer for baby utensils, designate a 'baby area' in your bedroom. If you live in a house with two floors, have a diaper changing set on each floor so you don't have to keep going up and down stairs when he needs a change.