Before you deliver, your house needs to be in perfect order, and that is something that must be planned in advance so that you can focus on the crucial event. Let’s focus on the most important things you should do to babyproof your home correctly.
Put all the cleaning products away from the reach of babies
Yes, a newborn cannot crawl out of his or her tiny bed and start examining the contents of your detergent boxes, but you might be surprised to find out how quickly babies grow and how fast they begin to use their natural curiosity and increase mobility to start checking around the house.
Make sure that all the chemicals, cleaning products, and the like, are placed in cabinets and other areas that cannot be accessed by a baby on an exploration mission. Magnetic locks are also a good option on all your cabinets because there will be plenty of time before your little one can find the weak spot of these.
Your house needs to be spotless when the baby arrives. Aside from the fact that babies are much more sensitive to germs and bacteria, there is another practical aspect to this task. Once the baby is at home with you, your washing machine will work overtime for baby clothes, blankets, and whatnot, all child related. The chances are that you will have little space in your program for a coverlet in the master bedroom and so on.
Have light blocking curtains installed in the baby’s room
Your baby will sleep a lot during the first months of life, which means that the environment in his or her room must be conducive to sleep. A good idea would be to install light blocking curtains in the baby’s room.
Invest in cooking utensils that will help you
Your healthy eating habits don’t stop once you return home from the hospital with the baby in your arms. Even if you are not breastfeeding, and your baby will only eat formula for a while, it is highly recommended to invest in a few cooking utensils that can help you prepare healthy foods fast and easy.
A blender for fruits and veggies, an air cooker that doesn’t use oil, and others, will also help you get in shape and lose the baby fat in the months to come. You may convert your cocktail shaker into a mixer for healthy juices, but you are better off with specialized cooking utensils.
Stock up your pantry and your fridge
Especially in the first week after arriving from the hospital, you will need to settle into a new schedule, which means that you might not have enough time to cook for you and the rest of the family. A good idea would be to stock up your pantry, as well as your refrigerator with plenty of foods that are ready to eat.
Be ready for visitors, too
With the happy event, you will have to be prepared to receive some visits, also, which means that the room in the house you keep for guests should undergo some cleaning, too. Anything your family and your guests will need, such as toilet paper, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other items used for personal hygiene, should be plenty.
Think spring cleaning
Besides washing everything that needs to be cleaned, you must think of your house as if it is in a terrible need of a spring cleaning, regardless of the season. That means that you need to focus on the areas that are the most likely to gather dirt and germs such as doorknobs, light switches and the like.
Vacuuming, sweeping, wiping, and all the other processes involved in making your house as clean as possible, should be on your list. Remember that you need everything to be spotlessly clean to be ready to welcome the newborn into your family.
Have a kit for babies at hand
Small accidents are bound to happen, so create a small emergency kit with everything that is needed to take care of baby issues. Nappies, baby powder, as well as disinfectant should be among the items included in this kit.