So you’re pregnant. First of all, congratulations! An exciting time no matter what your age, there are so many things that you need to get organized before your little one enters the world! As well as following a first and second trimester checklist, it’s a good idea to prepare the house so that it’s suitably baby-proofed.
To help make that process a little easier, here are the 10 things you should do so that the day that your little one is brought home and starts to grow up your home is safe:
- Get Their Room Ready!
Decorating a nursery is so exciting. From picking out the room colors to the bedding, every moment will get you looking through Pinterest for extraordinary ideas. It’s vital that you get the nursery ready months in advance – just in case you give birth earlier than anticipated. It will also mean that you can spend the rest of your pregnancy relaxing and mentally preparing for the birth.
- Protect Them With Smooth Edges
Now, this might feel as though this will only affect your baby once they are in the walking stage. But it’s worth doing from the beginning. Have a look around your house – is there anything that has sharp edges or is easily breakable? If so, wrap the edges with either plastic guards or bubble wrap so that they don’t bump into it. Removing any hazards is a must when you have a curious little one that wants to explore!
- Secure All of Your Furniture
Once your baby starts to crawl they will be fascinated with electric sockets and pulling things off the side of cabinets, desks, etc. So it’s a good idea to secure any of this furniture and purchase socket covers. To make this process a little easier, it might sound odd, but it’s always useful to get down to their height and see what they can access. By taking your baby’s perspective, you will start to see hazards within your home that need moving.
- Buy All of The Appropriate Gear
When you’re pregnant, one of the most exciting things is going out and purchasing all of the baby gear. From the cot to the car seat and toys, there is so much out there for you to buy. When you’re at the end of your first trimester or in your second trimester, start to research what you will need for your baby and budget out how much you want to spend.
Often, because they are essentials, shops will put up the price for baby clothing or items – so it’s important to hunt around, reading reviews on the items before purchasing.
- Fill Up The Fridge/Freezer
When it’s coming close to your due date, it’s advisable to go out and purchase some food. This will ensure that you are well fed when you come home. Often, people are (understandably) focusing on their babies feeding habits and forget to eat – which is never a good idea.
- Clean The House
A baby must be introduced into a house that’s bacteria and dust-free. Ensuring that no allergens are present, a thorough clean is essential before you give birth. From wiping the surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes to using a long duster to get rid of cobwebs, a clean house is beneficial to both you and your new baby.
- Open The Windows Regularly
Following on from the above point, you should always make sure that your room and the babies room is well ventilated. This will help to improve the quality of the air and will refresh the space in preparation for the new arrival. Alongside opening the windows, when the baby comes along, you could also purchase a dehumidifier to help to clean the air and keep your baby happy and healthy.
- Get Rid of The Litter Tray
If you have a cat, you should consider the harmful effects of contact with their faeces when you’re pregnant. But don’t remove the litter tray yourself, ask a family member or your family to get rid of this – saving you from the contact and having to bend down.
- Make a Changing Station Downstairs
Newborns get through up to 12 nappies a day. So it’s important that you don’t spend all of your time going up and down the stairs. Causing you and your baby discomfort, this walk to the upstairs bathroom takes up too much time. Instead, invest in a changing station that you can place downstairs. You will be more than thankful when you only have to walk a few steps to change them!
- Clear Away Any Clutter
As well as dusting, you should also clear away any clutter. This will help to keep your home nice and tidy so that you won’t have to worry about the mess when you come home. Of course, once you have the baby, your house is bound to get a little messy – with all of the nappies, clothing, etc. that comes with the process. But if you give a good clear up before your due date, you won’t have to worry about any tripping hazards when you come home.
So there you go! Those are the top ten ways that you can prepare your home for your new baby. Of course, that’s not all of the steps – so you will have to fully research whilst you are in your first or second trimester to guarantee that your house is fully ready.
It’s also important to take some time for yourself and to relax ahead of your little one’s arrival. Often, soon-to-be moms will forget to do this and the time will fly by – resulting in no time to unwind before the birth.
Take a moment, sit back and relax. Heck, even organize a meditation or a pregnancy class to help you to unwind! Whatever you do, it’s important to remember to take it easy – you’re going to be a mom soon after all! And then there definitely won’t be time to relax for a while!
** this is a contributed post. While this post was not written by Amber herself, she has approved it for you and hopes you enjoy it**