Newborns are so small and fragile that it seems they can break any minute. So, you will be extra cautious bringing the new member of your family home with you. You want to create a world of certainty, harmony, and peace where the newborn will grow happy and healthy.
Unfortunately, there is no user manual for becoming a parent, and it is one of the most challenging tasks in your life. But do not worry, you are not the first one, and you will not be the last one caring for a little one.
The 40 weeks (more or less) of pregnancy are a valuable time to prepare. That includes things like picking the name, reading some books about babies and parenthood, gathering advice from friends who already have children, furnishing and decorating the nursery and so on.
Do not underestimate the preparation of your home for the arrival of your new baby. It is crucial how you set up your space for maximum comfort, safety, and convenience.
We have prepared several tips to help you organize your home in the best possible way.
Baby-proof your home
You may think that you do not need to baby proof your home before the baby starts moving around, but you will be surprised how much time it may take depending on what you want to do. It is best to think about some of the things you may need in advance like installing window and stairs guards, hiding all vases and things that can break easily, plugging up all of your sockets and latching cabinets with dangerous objects inside.
It might sound funny, but the best way to determine what your baby will need is to view the world from your child’s eyes. So crawl around, and you will identify the possible child hazards in your home much easier.
Prepare for baby bathing
It is important to have an answer to the questions: Where are you going to bathe your baby and is this space equipped accordingly? You will need a small baby bath and some accessories like towels for baby’s body and head. You will also need high-quality cosmetics with natural ingredients.
Where will the baby sleep?
Decorating the nursery is probably one of the most exciting activities taking place in your home when expecting the arrival of the new family member. You want it to look perfect, but safety should be the focus. Space has to be organized in a convenient way, so try not to overcrowd the room with adorable baby stuff even before the newborn has arrived. The basic things you need are a crib, dresser, changing table and a rocking chair. Other items may come later on.
When the baby arrives, you will probably have a visitor in your bed from time to time, but do not let your bedroom turn into a nursery. Keep this space private for you and your partner only. Many new moms clutter their bedrooms with baby gear, which is not a good thing because of you and your guy both still need your escape place.
Get everything you need for feeding
Even if you are breastfeeding at first, you will need some equipment. One of the most necessary things to have around is the breast pump; you will use to pump out milk. You can put it in bottles and freeze it. In this way, other people can feed the baby from the bottle even if you are not there. Another important thing is the nipple cream for the moments when it hurts. You will also need to get some formula for later when your baby is finally ready for it. Another thing which is good to have is a suitable baby water cup with a protective cap so that the water cannot get spilled all over the place.
Get some basic baby clothes
Of course, it is best if you can buy everything you need for the baby all at once, but do not slip into a pattern where you buy tons of clothes only because they are adorable. Your child needs some basic things made of high-quality materials. Organic cotton is a good choice for newborn baby clothes. Buying many things is a waste of money as your infant will grow out of most of them in a matter of weeks and you will be left with brand new clothes that are already too small to wear. What you can get is a baby pajama, several onesies, baby socks, gloves and a hat.
Pick a pediatrician
It is important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with. Also make sure to choose a pediatrician not very far from you, so that in the case of need you can act fast.
Who is going to help you?
Have a conversation with your family, relatives, and friends and find out who is willing to assist you with the baby. The grandparents, uncles, and aunts are probably going to want to spend more time with the child and help you out. You need to talk to them and find out if you can rely on someone for the shopping or babysitting if needed. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where you need something urgently, and you do not know who you can call to help you out.
Monitor your baby
You cannot be in all places at all times, so it is important to get a good baby monitor. This little piece of technology is so comforting to have around especially during baby’s first days at home.
It is imperative to talk with your partner about who is going to take care of the baby at night. If your husband or boyfriend is having a terrible job with night shifts, you may want to let him sleep and check on the baby yourself. You can also create a schedule so that both of you can get some rest. Make sure you make these arrangements before the baby has arrived.
Having a baby and finally bringing the new family member home is one of the most exciting times in your life. Preparing well for this new arrival will give you more time to play and enjoy the little one. They grow up so fast that every minute is precious. Do not lose time you can better spend with your little sunshine.