5 Steps to Prepping a Room For Your Newborn Before They Come Home
One of the most cautious drives you will ever take is when you are bringing your newborn baby home. Unfortunately, becoming a parent doesn’t come with an instruction manual. So it’s no wonder why new parents are always so uncertain about what to do to keep their fragile bundles of joy safe and healthy.
However, despite popular misconception, parenting doesn’t just start once your newborn comes home. The 40 or so weeks of pregnancy give you time to do more than just pick out names. It’s the perfect time to prepare your home for the joyful new arrival. Here are 5 steps that you can to ensure that you get your nursery just right:
Clean, Clean, Clean
Once you have set aside the new room for baby, it’s time to get cleaning. Newborns are notoriously vulnerable, especially during their first few weeks of life. Your job is to ensure that the space around them is clean enough to reduce the risk of disease and infection. Do this by tidying up, decluttering, and organizing the room. A deep clean around all the nooks and crannies of your home should be on your to-do list too.
Focus on sprucing up your flooring, rugs and carpets. Your baby will be doing a lot of tummy time soon, so ensure that these surfaces are as clean as possible. You will also want to clean out all air vents, change out the air filters, sanitize your sinks, dust your ceiling fans and carpets, and wash out all your beddings. It is vital to do all this before baby comes home; your body will be too tired and sore to focus on cleaning after your delivery.
Set Up Sleeping Arrangements
After your cleaning spree is done, it’s now time to install everything you need for your baby’s room. The first step is to set up the bassinet, crib, or co-sleeper properly and securely. You can also make it a little fun and pick up some new bedding and mattress protectors for your newest addition.
Don’t be afraid to play around with colors, prints, and patterns here. You want to create a beautiful, well decorated, and relaxing room for your newborn. If you plan on painting the nursery, this is the time to do so. You will want to leave enough time for any fumes to dissipate to avoid any problems for the baby. However, your most important buy will be a baby monitor that will give you peace of mind. You will cut down any anxious or sleepless nights once you’re able to listen in on your newborn throughout the night.
Organize Baby’s Clothes
Whether you will be buying new clothes for your little one, bringing in the hand-me-downs, or implementing a mix of both, the only sure thing is that your newborn will end up with a ton of clothes. Your job here is to ensure that each article of clothing is washed and put away properly before your due date rolls around. Ensure that you have newborn – 6 months sizes on hand at the beginning. Then, you can start pulling the bigger sizes out of storage as your baby grows. This is the best way to stay organized and keep the clutter down.
Set Up the Stations
Chances are that your social life will take a nosedive in the first few months after having a baby. So, to make life easier for you at home, set up a couple of stations handy and stocked with a range of supplies that you will use frequently. These include a nursing station, diaper changing station and a bottle station. They don’t have to be elaborate in any way. However, having them in place in the baby’s room – as well as other strategic parts of your home – will save you a lot of time and energy in the long run.
Baby Proof Everything
Baby proofing isn’t just a trendy buzzword! It’s a factor that all new parents should do to ensure that the home is safe for baby. Please note that it will take your newborn at least four months before they turn into a rolling, crawling machine. However, ensuring that all the dangerous bits and bobs in your home are fully baby proofed before your newborn’s arrival will be well worth your while in the long run.