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Preparing Your Home For A New Baby

Preparing Your Home For A New Baby

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Whether it is baby number one or baby number three – or even more – having a new small thing come into your family can turn everything upside down. Your tidy, organized house is suddenly full of toys, tiny baby clothes, blankets and muslin cloths – everywhere you turn there is baby paraphernalia.

For this reason, it is a very good idea to prepare your home – and indeed, your life – for the newest addition as soon as you can. There are all sorts of old wives tales floating around when it comes to baby prep, but these are just that. There is no science or reality attached to them. By making sure everything is ready in plenty of time, you can enjoy those last few weeks of your pregnancy and the first weeks with your baby without worrying about getting everything sorted.

Here, we look at some of the ways that you can prepare your home for the arrival of a new baby.

Set up the nursery

Under the safe sleep guidelines, the NHS recommends that you have your baby sleeping in the same room as you for at least the first six months, as a preventative measure against SIDS. So, making sure they have a beautifully set up cot in their future bedroom is not strictly necessary. However, it is a good idea to have the rest of the room set up, as you will need somewhere to keep their clothes, toys and the other things that your baby will need. Set up your changing table and have nappies and wipes in a safe, easy to grab place. Put the clothes away in the drawers and in the wardrobes and so on. You may want to think about blackout blinds for the window and a lamp for night feeds. It is also a really good excuse to have a mooch through the online Baby shops to see what you still need to get!

Sort out the clothes

One of the first things that your baby will need is clothes. For the first few weeks at least, they will need sleepsuits and vests – and plenty of them! Before you pack them into your hospital bag or put them in the drawers, give them all a wash with gentle baby-safe detergent. You will want to get rid of all the dust and chemicals and everything else it has picked up in the factory and from being handled. There is also something quite satisfying about folding and putting away cute little baby grows!

Batch cook

Those first few weeks can be tough, however experienced a parent you are. You need to take time to recover from the birth and to establish feeding your baby, as well as bonding. Hopefully, you have some in-person support to help with cooking and housework, but one of the best things that you can do beforehand is batch cook. Make up lots of meals and freeze them in individual portions so they can just be whipped out of the freezer and defrosted for a quick and easy meal. 

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