With a baby on the way, you may be feeling the urge to get your home in shape for the new arrival. Whether your due date is close or you’re simply getting prepared, here are several things you can do to prep your home for the arrival of your little one.
Prepare the Kitchen
As a new parent, you’ll likely find yourself surrounded by an endless supply of bottles that need to be sterilized. While boiling the components is no longer necessary, purchasing a steam sterilizer for baby bottles is a good idea.
Designed to kill germs on bottle and nipple surfaces, a steam sterilizer is a must for any home with a newborn. The units are relatively small, so they take up little counter space, and depending on the heating method, they can sterilize bottles in as little as two minutes.
Do a Safety Check
While a crawling and toddling baby may seem like a lifetime away, most experienced parents agree that this stage comes before you know it. It’s better to make sure your home is a safe environment now rather than when you’re sleep-deprived later.
Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, install cabinet and drawer locks, and make sure any firearms and their ammo are locked away out of sight. Remember, a crawling baby is curious about the world and will find things you didn’t even know you had, so be vigilant in your safety measures.
Get Ready for Visitors
If you know you’ll be having overnight guests after the baby comes, it’s better to prepare now rather than running around like a chicken with your head cut off after you get home from the hospital and your mom is on her way.
Change the sheets on the guest bed, stock up on essentials like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet paper, make sure there are clean towels in the linen closet, and put an extra fan in the guest room for white noise. Everything you can do before the baby arrives to get ready for your well-meaning guests will lessen your stress levels after your bundle of joy – and your guests – arrive.
Create a Germ-Free Zone
Germs have no place in a home with a new baby, so target the germiest hot spots in your home with sanitizing wipes on a regular basis. Once you’ve given birth and are recuperating in the hospital, have your spouse/partner give everything a once-over with a sanitizing wipe before you come home.
Hot spots include light switches, faucets, doorknobs, sinks, stove dials, countertops, refrigerator handles, toothbrush holders, and cutting boards.
Reevaluate Your Laundry Process
Your new arrival will generate so much laundry, you’ll wonder how such a little person could produce so many dirty clothes. For this reason, you may want to think about replacing your regular clothes hamper with something that has compartments for sorting – or better yet – place an additional hamper in the baby’s nursery to keep their clothes separate from yours.
Also, you’ll want to buy laundry soap that’s made to be gentle on delicate skin. Look for something that is free and clear of dyes and perfumes, so it won’t irritate your baby’s skin. If any irritation does occur, a top-quality nappy rash cream can ease the inflammation while you figure out what’s to blame.
If you’re awaiting the arrival of a new baby, now’s the time to get your home in shape for the bundle of joy. Follow the tips above to make sure you have everything covered before the big day arrives.