If you’re due to bring home a newborn baby (congratulations), be prepared for a major upheaval for your household; life for every family member changes as soon as the little one has arrived. You’ll have nearly 9 months (give or take) to prepare everybody and everything as much as possible before the due date, so you can return home with your bundle of joy as calmly as possible. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who are expecting a baby, and want to prepare their home as much a s possible.
All The Stuff
Considering they’re such tiny humans, babies require a lot of stuff. If you already have kids, you know what’s coming; a beautiful, crying, needy bundle of joy that you won’t be able to take your eyes off. Make a list of items you already have; maybe you’ve kept your first born’s crib in the attic, things you’re happy to get secondhand, and all the fresh new gear you’ll need to buy. Try to write as much of this list as early-on as possible, that way budgeting and spreading the cost of everything should be easier.
It’s worth looking into the 2018 list of best crib mattresses for babies and other items with excellent reviews so that you know you’re investing in quality items for your little one, that will last. If you are planning to repurpose items you bought for your children previously, ensure they are in good shape. Get the crib or stroller down from the attic, clean it up and make sure it’s working as it should. If items aren’t working quite right, see if they’re easily fixed, or if they’re completely past using, you are best to budget there and then for a new one; rather than paying for it at a time that might not be very financially convenient.
Fresh And Clean
While you’re still able, it’s time to clean and wash like never before; because the first months after the baby gets home, the duster won’t get a mention. Get bigger cleaning and organizing jobs done well in advance; you may well be inspired sort out the attic as you’re bringing out that crib mentioned previously, by all means, do it, as you’ll feel positive after a clearout.
Give unwanted items to charity, or put together a yard sale; which is another constructive way to get the kids involved. Making your house as fresh and clutter free as possible before the baby is born will give the household a productive boost (because after the baby gets home, the clutter will creep back; it always does). Nearer the due date is a favorable time to ensure as much dust and debris is cleaned as possible, clothes are washed, hung, or folded away and, if you own a freezer, get cooking. Put your chef’s hat on and find some nutritious and filling recipes that you can make in bulk. You’ll be able to put these into meal portions and then freeze them; you’re partner and kids will be eternally grateful for the endless supply of home-cooked dinners that only need to be heated up.
Now, it’s time to get excited! You’ve got this.