In the months leading up to giving birth, both moms and dads to be have a lot of work to do. From decorating the nursery and purchasing clothes to reading up on parenting books and making sure your home is babyproofed, it can be overwhelming. Here are three things you should do to prep your home for the arrival of your future son or daughter.
Babyproof Your House
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Babyproofing your home is one of the first things you should do with a baby on the way. Each room of the house poses different dangers and requires that different precautions be taken. For example, in the bathroom, consider laying down no-slip mats and installing a toilet lock. Store medicine out of reach, and move any appliances into closed cabinets or drawers.
In the nursery, keep the baby’s bed clear. All of those cute stuffed animals and bulky blankets can actually pose a suffocating hazard. You could also install a baby monitor as long as you keep the cords wrapped tightly and out of reach. Store toys in an open toy box to keep tiny fingers from being slammed in a closed lid.
In the kitchen, consider purchasing appliance locks to keep stove knobs turned off. Make sure all sharp and heavy objects are put away in higher cabinets.
In the living room, cushion sharp edges with bumpers and take notice of any breakable objects. Secure tall bookcases to the walls with locking bolts or adjustable furniture straps, and secure areas such as the fireplace or stairs.
Check the Air Quality
The last thing you want is for your baby to come home to a house full of dust and allergens. To make sure the air in your home is clean, you first want to change out your HVAC’s filters and then consider having an HVAC technician come out to make sure that everything is working properly. You can even invest in an air purifier for your baby’s room so that you know he or she is breathing the cleanest air possible.
Do Some Shopping
One of the most enjoyable things to do when prepping for a baby is shop — all those cute clothes and toys can easily draw you in. You want to make sure that you’ve got everything you need and that it’s all ready to go. Things such as diapers, wipes, blankets, and warm clothes are a must, but you can also look into things like odor-locking diaper pails, fancy changing stations, and hanging mobiles.
Purchasing books you can read to your baby is also a great idea for bonding with your child early on. Go online and look for the best deals on strollers, high chairs, and cribs. There are many sites you can search through to find exactly what you need at an affordable price.
When you’re anxiously awaiting the day you finally get to become a parent, slowing down and doing some planning can be difficult. But by getting some of the shopping out of the way and making sure that your home is clean and safe, you can bring your baby home feeling confident and ready to tackle this new world of parenting.