So, you’ve got a baby on the way. Congratulations! Your life is about to change, and for the better. Although motherhood is the ultimate challenge, it’s also the ultimate reward. You get the joy and pleasure of nurturing, raising and loving a living, breathing human who will flourish before your eyes.
With that said, parenting isn’t something that comes automatically – it’s a pretty steep learning curve. Part of that learning is having a home that’s ready to receive (safely) your bundle of joy. Read on to find out more about how to prepare your home for your first child.
Safe and Secure
Stop, pause, and reflect on your home’s security. Although they are rare, home invasions and aggravated burglaries happen from time to time. As a new mom, your first and utmost priority is the safety of your child. That’s why it is wise to invest in a home security system in Melbourne.
With home automation options, 24/7 monitoring, wireless connectivity and app-based control security systems these days are state of the art and are designed to give you peace of mind when you need it most. Rest assured knowing that your home, and your baby, are snug and secure.
Although you won’t need to worry about it for a few months – newborns are pretty inactive. Eventually, your child will begin to crawl and even walk. While you may be tempted to leave it until that time, there’s a lot to be said for being prepared. You can pick up a decent baby proofing kit from your local hardware store and set to work.
Ensure that cupboards with cleaning products and chemicals are locked shut at all times. Cover up those powerpoints and put soft foam protectors on those sharp and nasty corners. Also, ensure your delicate and fragile ornaments are placed on high shelves away from inquisitive hands.
Although you will likely keep your baby in your room for a while, it is still important that they have their own place to play and explore. You want to create a nursery that is stimulating, warm and friendly. Consider colorful wallpaper with children’s story characters and a mobile hanging. Fill the space with age-appropriate educational toys so they can have fun and learn at the same time.
This all being said, if this is the room that your kid will eventually live in you’ll need to alter it at that time, so it is not overly stimulating. Babies need peace, quiet and stillness to rest and recuperate – and they’ll be doing a lot of that until they’re walking.
Your favourite topic – right? The washing is going to pile up with a newborn. Bodily fluids will flow, and they will flow rapidly – and often flow onto yourself. Do yourself a favor and prepare the laundry right now. Go out and stock up on washing powder and stain remover. If you’re having a winter baby, you may want to invest in additional clothes racks. If your lucky hubby will have some time off work but when he goes back that washing isn’t going to do itself, and you’ll be too exhausted to duck out to the shops for washing powder. Too much is never enough in the first year.
There You Have It
First of all, ensure your home is safe and secure. Then concentrate on baby proofing. Prepare the nursery as a place of learning and excitement. Finally, remember to stock up the laundry for the onslaught of washing. But most of all, get ready for the best period of your life – it won’t last forever.