So, you’ve nearly made it through nine months of pregnancy. Well done! It’s not easy. With that said, you’ve still got a few challenges ahead of you. You’ve got to prepare for giving birth, but before then you need to make sure that your home is prepared for its brand new inhabitant. And that can be a bit of work! So, pull up your sleeves and get ready to work. Let’s explore this in a bit more detail…
Your home needs to be clean and hygienic for your new baby to thrive. They can’t get immunised for everything straight away, and until then they are susceptible to all sorts of nasty infections and bugs. And trust, you don’t want to deal with a sick newborn. Why not get a pest controller in to assess your property? Mice, rats, cockroaches, flies, pantry moths and all sorts of unsavoury critters love to call your house home, and they bring with them an absolute plethora of germs and disease. Even if it just gives you peace of mind, a professional can determine if your home needs a treatment or if you’re all above board.
Prepare Your Bedroom
You’re about to have a whole heap of work on your hands. Even though newborns are pretty chilled out, everything is going to be brand new for you and them and it’s a pretty steep learning curve. It’s really important to have your own space to relax and unwind when hubby gets home from work and can take over for a while.
So, spend some time making sure that your bedroom is a safe haven that is the perfect place to restore and rejuvenate. Get some scented candles or wax melts, keep a chance of linen handy and invest in some nice, soft lighting. Ah, feels great, doesn’t it?
Meal Prep, Meal Prep!
Trust us, you’re not going to have heaps of time to cook and get creative in the kitchen. Instead you’ll be changing nappies, cleaning up after your bub and trying not to tear your hair out. Spend some time preparing easy to defrost and heat meals like pasta sauces, soup and bakes. Stick them all in the freezer so you can just pull one out when you’re hungry and give it a zap. Even better, tell everyone who wants to meet the baby that they have to bring a meal with them!
Make it Safe
Once your baby starts to crawl they’re going to be exploring the whole house and grabbing everything. So, get a head start and being to baby-proof the whole place. Cover up those powerpoints, pop some foam coverings on sharp corners and lock those chemicals and cleaning products away.
It’s also a great idea to stow away any valuable or sentimental-value knick knacks and keepsakes as if they’re out and within reach, they’re probably going to get broken. Consider mounting your TV to the wall, as babies love to grab and pull at things. Also, bracket in your bookshelves and cube units if possible. Check out some more tips on baby proofing.
Enjoy Every Minute
While you prepare your place, take some time to enjoy your last moments of non-parenthood! And, when your baby comes, enjoy every moment of parenthood because they won’t be that small forever. They really do grow up so quickly. Get a pest inspector in to assess your property, and prepare your bedroom as a sanctuary to escape to. Begin preparing easy to defrost and heat meals, and baby-proof your home right now.