Mum Life | Baby Proofing the House

Bringing your baby home for the first time is exciting but also incredibly scary. There are so many new things to worry about, and it's all amplified by a thousand when you're still exhausted and recovering. When you have a newborn, you're probably not going to have much energy to do stuff around the house. In fact, you'll be lucky if it's tidy at all. So if you want to get things ready for a new baby, it's a good idea to sort most of it out before you bring your bundle of joy home. Some things can wait a few months, but other tasks are best taken care of now. 

Address Safety Concerns

Making your home safe is most likely one of your top priorities when you bring your baby home. Your baby might not be moving around just yet, but there are many baby safety issues that you can start thinking about. It can be a good idea to start putting in some measures now, especially if it helps you to get used to new habits. For example, training yourself to lock the cupboard where you keep your cleaning supplies or the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs is smart.


Get Essential Baby Things Together

Setting up your essential baby things will help you to get off to a good start. That doesn't necessarily mean setting up a separate nursery. A lot of parents have the baby in their room for quite a while, making a nursery a little redundant. But you can make sure you have all of your essential supplies, from somewhere for the baby to sleep to all of the clothes, nappies, and feeding essentials that you will need. Be careful not to overdo it when stocking up, though. Your baby will grow out of nappies and clothes quickly.

 

Get Rid of Clutter

There's no getting around it. With a newborn in the house, you suddenly acquire a lot of stuff. You're also tired and busy, so say goodbye to your tidy home. If your home is going to get messy, it's helpful if it at least starts off in a somewhat neat state. Getting rid of some clutter now will allow for more space for the baby clutter to take over. It will give you more room to put away some of the baby things and it can help to prevent accidents from tripping over stuff.

 

Think About the Future

You might really want to set up a cute, Instagram-worthy nursery. But before you do, think about whether it's really worth it. Your baby isn't going to take a huge amount of notice of how you've decorated and might be in your bedroom for a long time anyway. If you want to avoid having to decorate twice in only a couple of years, think about the future. It might be better to leave it for now and wait until your baby is old enough to appreciate their own room.

 

Prepare your home for bringing home a baby by thinking of safety concerns and setting up the essentials.


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