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In the months leading up to our baby or babies’ birth, we can hardly think of anything more than bringing our bundles of joy home. But in all our dreams of rocking our babies in our arms, we often neglect the practical sides of what it means to bring a newborn into the house—which can lead to a lot more stress when the baby finally does arrive. Knowing how to ready your home for a new baby before they arrive will make life easier for you and your little one.
It’s always better to get the nursery ready sooner rather than later. Beyond the fact that it’s just easier to perform tasks earlier in your pregnancy, it gives you time to make sure that the nursery paint is fully dry, to double-check whether any of your gear was on the recall list, and to ensure that your crib bedding is ready to go. The last thing you’ll want when you come home is to have to make up the crib or move around furniture.
It’s not going to be as easy to clean with a newborn. Because it’s easier to maintain cleanliness than to create it, it’s a good idea to give the house a good deep cleaning before the baby is due. Enlist help to dust and give everything a good wipe-down, and organize things as much as possible. A clean environment will also make it less likely for the baby to get sick.
Even though your baby or babies aren’t crawling yet, it’s better to be ready for when they do down the line. Better to ready your home for a baby on the move early, if you have time. Babyproof the cabinets, closets, and drawers, and put outlet protectors in the outlets in the house. Also, keep an eye on things that are on bottom shelves. If you aren’t comfortable with a baby putting their mouth on it, it’s best to find it a new home.
Stock up on Groceries
You are likely going to come home to a circus. Between trying to adapt to a new baby and managing all the well-wishers and family members circulating in and out of the house, it will be hard to think of basic things like food. In the weeks leading up to your due date, stock up on extra groceries, and try to cook and freeze a few meals. That way, if you find yourself needing to feed the company or even just yourself, you’ll be ready.