Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, bringing them home for the first time in a momentous occasion. For nine months you have carried them inside you, and your hard work has paid off. You now have a beautiful bundle of joy that is just itching to be part of your family. However, the last thing you want is to bring your baby into a home that looks like a bomb site. While making your home more family friendly is recommended, this should ideally be done before your baby arrives. I’ve lost count of the amount of homes I’ve visited where the extension is yet to be finished, the house is upside down – it can’t always be avoided, but loud noises, dust and paint fumes are not ideal around a newborn. So if you’re eager to transform and baby proof your home, here are some projects you should complete sooner rather than later.
Utility Room Upgrade
If you have a utility or laundry room that looks a little unloved, now is the time to change it. It’s no secret that babies can get messy very quickly. So it’s highly likely that you will be using this room a lot more as soon as you bring your baby home. Getting this room upgraded now will help you feel more prepared and ready to start a new phase in your life. While also making laundry easier for the rest of your family too. You should install a cabinet with locks or shelves that cannot be reached to store your laundry products. This will protect your baby and your older children from ingesting potentially harmful products. Surface space in this area will be a must, so rework the layout or find another way to maximize the space. You might also want to install an indoor clothes line or hanging units onto the walls. Put safety locks on your appliances to stop your baby from crawling in too. Not having this room ready beforehand can cause carnage later on, so make it a priority.
Creating the nursery
Your baby’s nursery is an essential room that should be completed in advance, ready for your baby’s arrival. Creating a safe and attractive nursery can take time as well as plenty of organization and planning. You naturally want somewhere for your baby to sleep where they feel comfortable and at ease. So if you haven’t already start decluttering and create a nursery space. You can then start looking for suitable furniture that you can start to assemble and position. Doing this ahead of time means that you have the time to assemble the furniture correctly to make sure it’s secure. Just remember to avoid lifting anything too heavy by yourself. Paint fumes can also be dangerous for newborns so get this done before they arrive too. Keep the room ventilated at all times when doing this. In addition to this, you should buy and install baby gates, suitable lighting, and storage solutions. Talk to your midwife and other parents for ideas and guidance on what to include. The sooner you start, the longer you have to create a beautiful and safe room for your baby.
Replace your flooring
As your baby starts to grow, they will spend a lot of time on the floor. Whether it’s crawling, playing or even eating. But if there are areas of your home’s flooring that is uneven, worn or broken, it can be hazardous. Your baby might cut themselves, or you might trip and fall while holding them. So regardless of what type of floor you have, it needs to be replaced. This is a project that involved taking up your current floor and laying a new one. This can create large holes and crevasses that your baby could crawl or fall into. The chemicals and dust created by laying a new floor have also been found to affect baby’s breathing. So it’s beneficial to get this project done now when you won’t constantly be worrying about your baby’s health and safety. This could also be the perfect opportunity to install baby-friendly flooring into your home. You can take a look at the engineered wood flooring from Ted Todd or visit specialist carpet stores for ideas. Or talk to other parents to see what flooring they decided to use.
These projects will not only make your home look amazing, but they will also make it safer and more comfortable for your baby. Nesting is a perfectly normal process that the majority of pregnant women go through. But don’t try to start any task that is too challenging or takes too long to complete. Create a family-friendly home while also taking fantastic care of yourself and the little one you are carrying.
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