No this is not an announcement that I am expecting, but after having six children I feel qualified to share 10 tips on how to prepare your home to bring home the new baby.
1. I always prepare a sleeping area in my room for the first few weeks. Normally I have used a bassinet or cradle, although a portable play pen would work. This is for my convenience for nightly feeding and also to be able to keep an eye on the baby those first weeks at home. You know, nervous mom keeps checking!
2. Another important area that I try to set up in advance is the changing table. I make sure to have on hand every thing I will need for diaper changes, like baby powder, wipes, and I always purchase plenty of newborn diapers. Can't have enough diapers! I make sure to have a diaper pail and trash can near the changing table.
3. Nightgowns, t-shirts, and onesies are a top priority for me to purchase ahead of time for the new little one. Usually at home this is what the newborn will be wearing as they are quick and easy to change and clean. And so comfortable for baby to wear.
4. A quality car seat to bring a baby home in should be purchased well in advance as this is a very important piece of equipment for your baby's safety. Make sure that the car seat will be comfortable for the baby and is easy for you to use. I can't stand when it is a hassle to get the car seat in and out.
5. Another item to have on hand is a stroller that is suitable for your needs. Sometimes a walk in the stroller was exactly what was needed to help our baby to fall asleep.
6. Before bringing your baby home from the hospital, is the best time to childproof your home, because once you get home you are going to be very busy. Make sure you put in the outlet safety plugs, latches on cabinets and get used to being cautious about small items on the floor. It is amazing what a child will put in their mouth.
7. This would be a good time to have your carpets cleaned. Before you know it you will have a toddler on your hands. Your child will be spending a lot of time on the floor crawling around.
8. Planning a schedule in advance would be very beneficial, though this may have to be adjusted after coming home from the hospital. Be sure to keep it flexible.
9. If you have other children already, be sure to prepare them for bringing the new sibling home. Spend time explaining to them that they will be the bigger brother/sister and you will need their help. This makes them feel special. I never had any jealousy over a new baby.
10. If at all possible have family and friends help prepare meals to make the first few weeks easier. You will have a lot to do and this would be more helpful than most people realize. One thing you won't have to worry about.
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I hope this is helpful to any expectant mothers experienceing this time of transition.
I look forward to seeing you At The Fence soon.
I hope this is helpful to any expectant mothers.
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seventh Generation blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.