If you’re getting ready to welcome a new life into the world and a new member into your family, congratulations!
This is more than a reason to celebrate, but there are also some steps you have to take around the house to make it as welcome a place as possible for your baby-to-come.
Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite tips to help get you started on preparing your home for a newborn.
This is super important to do before it’s time for baby to come home. It’s important to use baby-safe (chemical free) cleaners, so keep this in mind when you’re getting ready to clean and purchase anything you need.
Give your floors a deep clean, but keep in mind the type of cleaner you’re using! Watch for those chemicals that might be harmful to your newborn.
Consider keeping sanitizing wipes in areas that tend to hold onto germs—such as the kitchen and bathroom. This way you can give spaces a quick clean once you’re home with the baby.
Generally, giving every room a thorough cleaning before your baby comes home is a great idea. It’ll save you time in the future and might be one of the least urgent things on your mind while you’re getting to know your newborn for the next few months, so get that cleaning out of the way.
A lot of things in your home are going to change, and this might be one of the biggest changes… next to the extra person about to move in. You want to make sure your baby can’t crawl into anything, eat anything, or fall because of anything.
Invest in electrical outlet plugs, locks, and baby gates. Close off any openings you don’t your baby getting into. This ups the safety level of your house and will help you breathe a little easier. Knowing that you took the extra step to secure potentially dangerous areas of your home is just a great feeling.
Plus, your baby will be crawling before you know it so taking these precautions sooner rather than later is a great idea. There will be plenty on your mind between having your baby and watching your baby crawl, so take this off your future self’s plate.
Also, make sure any firearms you have are locked away—don’t forget about these! Check, update, or add any smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home as well.
This is a great tip because you want your you place to be your place of peace (for as long as it can be).
Definitely do this in your bedroom. Set aside some time to clean, organize, and declutter. You want to feel relaxed and at peace when you retreat to this room over the next few months.
If you’re a reader, set up a little corner in your home with a (neat and organized) pile of good books you want to slowly read over the next few months. Set up a candle or diffuser in a soothing scent and prepare for your moments of relaxation to come.
This doesn’t just go for your bedroom—use this in any space you call your own. If you have a yoga or workout space, take some time to breathe new life into it before the baby comes. If your kitchen is a place of peace for you, declutter and give it a good cleaning. You’ll be glad you did.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.