It is not surprising to find out that many parents feel under-prepared when a new arrival is welcomed to the family. Nine months can really fly by, and suddenly it’s time to go to the hospital, and you still haven’t found time to install the baby’s car seat. It happens to everyone—you’re only human after all. Nesting never seems to be overly practical—it’s always about buying things for the baby, not necessarily preparing the home for your newborn. Plenty of parents have voiced that they wish they knew more about preparing the home, to avoid the mad rush right before baby and mum return from the hospital. Here are a couple of questions to ensure you are fully prepared for your new bundle of joy.
The Nursery: Do You Need To Extend? You may already have a dedicated room, or, you may have a big family and be planning on the baby sleeping in your room for a few months. This is common, however, the baby will eventually need their own space as they learn to grow and fall into a routine, so you will need a room ready for when that happens—and it will happen quicker than you may think. Your spare room many need to be altered and decorated, or if you already have your children sharing a room it may be time to think of extending your house. This may seem like a lot of stress on top of preparing for your new baby’s arrival, however, it will be a lot easier to extend whilst baby’s arrival is anticipated, compared to after they have arrived. There is obviously a lot of work that can come from having an extension built, although you will be decorating a room for the baby anyway—starting from scratch may be easier than trying to cover up a dark red paint you thought was cool when you first moved in. You can find rig mats for sale that will protect your lawn from the bricks and heavy materials that come with the extending process, so you won’t have the added work of redoing your garden afterwards. You can also put down sheets to protect flooring, and put up dust sheets on windows and doors, to ensure the rest of the house stays in tip-top condition while the work is going on. If you feel like you and your family are outgrowing your house, but are not in the position to upsize, an extension before a new arrival may be essential.
Is Your House Completely Baby-Proof? Sharp corners, exposed plug sockets and drawer handles—your baby will find them all as soon as they start to crawl and walk. It’s a good idea to have your house completely baby-proofed before the baby arrives as you will not have a lot of time once they have, and you’ll be distracted and sleep deprived. Make sure all chemicals and harmful cleaning products are moved to locked and out of reach cupboards, and all drawer, cabinets, and the fridge freezer have baby locks on them—you’ll avoid any trapped fingers. A lot of parents say mobility happens overnight—you’ll thank yourself for your baby-proofing when you’re little one is walking long before you thought they would.
Hopefully, these questions will help to feel a lot more prepared and ready to welcome your new little one into the world. If you are expecting—congratulations—and best wishes for a smooth labor and delivery.
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