Expecting a baby is a wonderful time and the most exciting period of life. Besides the periodical exams, taking care of baby stuff, like a crib, clothes, nappies, bottles and so on, the house in which the baby is going to live is very important. You have to take care of the environment that is going to surround your new baby, make it safe, warm and cozy.
Most people, when they hear about getting the house ready, just think about baby proofing it, but it is actually more than that. Maybe there are some repairs you have to get to, some rearrangements, maybe even move to another house. Sanitizing everything is also something important. There are a lot of things you have to do before the baby arrives, but do not panic, you can get all the answers and help if you’re looking for it. Anyway, whatever you do, make sure your house will be the best welcoming place for your newest family member.
You may be tempted to thing that babies are immobile for a long while, but it happens so fast you won’t even know what hit you. Besides, after the baby comes, you won’t have time for anything anymore. You will find yourself with a crawling baby who can reach the cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom or any kind of cabinet for that matter and that is not safe at all, because they can find a lot of stuff that we don’t take as dangerous. For example, they can reach the cleaning products or dishes, plates, pans and so on and these things can create a disaster if not handled with care. If something breaks, the baby can cut himself, or something can fall on him and don’t get me started on detergents. For all these problems, there is a simple an practical solution. Check your house for safety issues and fix it by applying some baby proofing systems such as magnets, rubbers, locks, fences. After you have done this, remove all other possible dangers like arms, large pottery, unstable large objects, cables and so on.
Fix and repair everything
It’s very important to have a functional house when a baby comes. So take care of every little thing that needs to be fixed. You have to pay attention to the windows, because babies tend to be very curious and if the windows are nor secured, the child might fall off. Stairs are another aspect to take care of. You can install fences to block them, but these only work for a little while, until the toddler learns how to climb. In this case, install a carpet, so if they fall, they won’t get that hurt and also be careful that your railing is secure enough and appropriate. Repair your roof if it’s broken and install ice damming solutions for when the baby might be outside to play with snow, near to the house. Also, repair your floors or replace them with new ones, so the baby won’t get hurt. Most importantly, seal the electrical cables and outlets because the curiosity that characterises the baby may be fatal if it gets to them. Make sure there is now a possible way that the child may get to stick his fingers in the outlet or touch unsecured damaged cables.
Mind the cleanliness
The house has to be clean and somehow sterile when you come home with the baby, because their immune system is not developed enough to keep them safe from germs, bacteria and other things that you can find in dirt and dust. Wash their clothes prior to dressing them, even if they are new, because you never know where they have been and how they were kept. Clean everything and start with dusting, vacuuming and washing windows and furniture. There are some baby friendly cleaning products that kill bacteria and help you sterilize the environment. Also, make sure you don’t have any pest problems and call a team of experts to check your house. When it comes to a baby’s health, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pests can develop allergies and irritation in babies. Put everything in order and remove whatever can cause choking. The little objects can be swallowed by the child and block their respiratory track.
Laundry and other cleaning issues
Prepare yourself and the house for a lot of cleaning and scraping because babies can get messier and messier as they grow. Your laundry room and all the cleaning products should be easy to reach for you, but not for the baby. That shouldn’t be very hard, because you can install high shelves and cabinets. You will also need a lot of cleaning products in handy in the nursery, because that’s where things get truly dirty. Keep the baby clothes clean, remove all the tags that may cause irritation is sensitive skin and use appropriate detergent especially made for new babies. The most important thing is to have an enzymatic cleaner for the often times when you have to deal with spit, baby food, poop or pee and to use it as soon as possible so the stains won’t have time to fix on the fabric.
Rearrange your kitchen
When you enter your kitchen, you should screen it for dangerous objects. That is the place with the biggest amount of unsafe stuff. Try to put away anything you don’t need or use very often and make room for the baby stuff such as the bottle warmer, spoons, bottles, bowls a bender for baby food, sippy cups and so on. You also have to make room in your fridge for everything baby needs from actual food to other products that have to stay cold. Besides that, people are well aware that having a baby can be time consuming and exhausting and you won’t have time to cook, so they will bring casseroles with food to help you out so you also need space for them. Clean it as often as possible, because germs can grow in the fridge as well and, besides, the more often you clean it, the more you save on the bills.