4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a New Baby

A family gathers around the table to enjoy dinner at home.
A family gathers around the table to enjoy dinner at home.

When you are expectant, you may be wondering what the future holds. Maybe you know it’s going to be a boy or a girl, but you don’t know what they will look like, their behaviors, or their desires. All you want is to hold the baby in your hands. But is your home ready for the newest member of your family?

There are a variety of steps that you can take to prepare for parenthood. The most important being the fact that you have to make your home safe and secure for the upcoming toddler. Let’s look at some of the things you can do to make your home perfect for the new arrival.

Stockpile Baby Supplies

Image via Flickr by roger_mommaerts
Image via Flickr by roger_mommaerts

As you recover after delivering your baby, you may not be able to go shopping for your baby. It’s recommended that you buy all your needs prior to the delivery. You’ll need to stock your freezer with both your food and the baby’s food. For the baby, infant milk should be fine. To help you with your recovery, pack the freezer with food rich in proteins, vitamins, and carbohydrates.

Other supplies that you might need include towels, medicine, and diapers, toys. You might also consider getting a breast pump. These pumps come in handy when you are busy and may lack the time to breastfeed your child.

Examine the Safety of Your House

As infants grow, they become curious and playful. They will start crawling around and also playing with any appliance they find. They are at a higher risk of injury at this stage. Consider installing baby gates on the front door and stairs.

You should also keep sharp objects like scissors and pins away. Remember also to cover any sharp edges that may injure your child. Lock away any medication and cleaning materials in a cabinet. If you own a gun, it’s a good idea to lock it safely somewhere. You certainly don’t want your child near a firearm.

Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality

Your youngster will spend most of their days and nights indoors. Therefore, they’re very susceptible to the surrounding environment. Polluted air can have adverse effects on your child. Young children have lungs that are still developing and cannot deal adequately with toxins. Allergens such as dust, pollen, and mold spores may cause severe health issues to your baby.

To maintain quality indoor air, purchase air filters that can filter away allergens. By making sure that your HVAC system is working properly, you’ll also help your child live comfortably in your house. Have a trusted company such as Sullivan Heating & Cooling perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure it’s running cleanly.

Hiring a Cleaner

Consider enlisting the services of a person who can help you with maintaining the house while you recover and attend to your new baby. Areas filled with potential germs such as the toilet and bathroom need proper cleaning and disinfection. Kitchen sinks, refrigerator handles, and faucet handles also require cleaning. While you’re recuperating, you may want to hire someone to aid you with these cleaning activities.

Taking these steps to prepare your home for your new baby can make life after your delivery date run more smoothly. These preparations let you focus less on maintaining your house and more on your child’s first day in their new home.