Essential checklist: Preparing your home for your baby’s arrival

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A new arrival is always exciting, but it can definitely be stressful when you’re figuring out all of the last minute bits you need to do. Baby proofing your home is a big aspect of preparing, but one of the biggest difficulties is figuring out where everything is going to go.

While you may have a nursery ready to go, it can be hard to find space in your bedroom to keep a cot for the first few months. Many parents put their items into storage for a little while, you can use this helpful size guide to work out the size of the storage unit needed until you’ve moved your little one into their own room.

Think about what you need

Babies may be small, but they need a lot of space. Whether it’s items they require every day or space for them to crawl, you’ll find baby proofing your home doesn’t just mean making it safe. Think about what you need to keep and what could go into storage for a little while. Does that blender you haven’t used in two years need to stay on the kitchen worktop or can you swap it for a bottle steriliser?

Organise your baby clothes

If there’s ever a time you’ll have more items of clothing to wash than ever before, it’ll be when you have a baby. You’re gifted with so many newborn clothes that in order to get use out of all of them, you’ll need to change your baby’s outfits multiple times in one day. You’ll soon find yourself boxing up old baby clothes, but it could be worth storing them for later, let’s say if you have a second child or a close friend or family member has a baby. If not, you can re-sell them on sites like eBay, Gumtree or Facebook selling pages.

Baby proof the house

It’s essential that you baby proof your home before your little one arrives, they’ll be rolling and crawling before you know it! Whether it’s putting in extreme measures to stop your fridge from opening, cushioning table corners or blocking the plug sockets so little fingers don’t find these, it’s vital for their safety. If you need to make some serious changes to your home and you need outside help, consider using Price your job to get the best quote.

Clear out the fridge

Everyone is guilty of keeping things in their fridge that they haven’t touched in ages. Whether it’s a jam that sits at the back or a bottle of wine you opened but don’t fancy now, it’s time for a major reshuffle. While your little one won’t be eating baby food for a little while, breast milk and formula that you prepare beforehand will still take up quite a lot of space –so you’ll need to have a serious think about what needs to go in the fridge.

Prepare their room

Getting a nursery ready can be one of the most exciting aspects of your new arrival, and painting, decorating and building things for their room makes it seem more real than ever. Filling up their wardrobe with all of their new clothes, hats and booties will take more time than you think, so aim to do this before they arrive.

Parents of newborns are famously very busy, so it’s worth keeping on top of things as early as you can. But remember, you don’t need to be a hoarder. If you’d like to keep old things that aren’t sentimental, put them into storage until you decide what to do with them.

Post in collaboration with Chloe Marchbank

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October 8, 2019
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