How to get your home ready for a baby
There is so much to think about when you’re pregnant. From morning sickness to cravings, mood swings, all sorts of pains or just the fact you are growing a human.
There is a lot going on and a lot on your mind. What you might not have thought about, because I didn’t, is getting your home ready for the arrival of your tiny human.
I had Levi’s nursery ready, but didn’t even think about what else I should have done throughout the rest of the house. So, here are the things I wish I did.
I didn’t realise how much stuff a baby, then toddler would need. My living room is Levi’s personal play centre and at least once a month I ask my husband where we can add more shelves.
Decluttering can be hard and time-consuming and you won’t get it done once your little bundle moves in.
So, make three piles.
1. Yes I need you.
2. I’m not sure
3. No, you can go
With the maybe pile, pack it away for a specific amount of time. Hire A Box allows you to hire boxes for up to three months – an ideal amount of time to decide. No waste and no buying boxes you won’t need later or have to store. Just hire what you need, it will be delivered to you and picked up when you are done. So easy!
When the three months is up, if you haven’t missed your items, donate them to a family who needs it or to a charity.
Consider cleaning out your fridge and freezer too. Friends and family will bring you over food, you might want to do a cook up and freeze it so you don’t have to think about dinner when you’ve been awake half the night.
The big clean
Now you’ve made space for new stuff, it’s time to clean. I hate cleaning but if you do it once, you’ll feel so good. I went through that nesting period so there were days where I was keen to clean. Wait for this day!
Be careful not to use anything too strong because you don’t want to be inhaling any chemicals.
Once you’ve done the big clean, you can do small touch ups along the way. I can highly recommend asking your husband or partner to do this. If it’s a tiny job, there’s more chance of this happening!
This is one for down the track once your little one starts moving around towards power points, pulling to stand on your coffee table or opening cupboards and drawers. So many things turn into potential hazards.
Kidsafe has so much information on their website and you can buy all the safety equipment you’ll need from a hardware store or online. You’ll also need to move furniture. Our coffee tables are in the spare room because they have hard edges and that’s not good for a soft baby head.
I also recommend getting a soft play mat. There are some really nice, fun designs that can tie in with your décor.
Being a mum is exciting, overwhelming, rewarding, exhausting and emotional. The first few months are the toughest but, even though I didn’t believe it at the time, it gets easier. Then you get the smiles and the cuddles, a bum shuffle or commando crawl and before you know it they’re running and talking and you can’t keep up or get a word in.