Whether you’re about to become a mum for the first time, or you’re on to your second, third or more, there’s a lot to get ready before your newborn arrives. Most of the things you will have read about or heard from family members, so you try to get them in place well in advance. From packing your hospital bag to baby proofing the house and removing any harm, it can take you awhile to get everything in place. But, there are often other less obvious things that you need to do to get your home life ready for your newborn and protect their health So, let’s take a look at what they could be.
Check For Damp
You should definitely think about checking your home for any signs of damp. Now, this may not seem like a big issue, and in some circumstances, it may not be. But if you do have the early onset of damp is could harm the health and hygiene of your home overall. And that’s definitely not something you want. So, check the baby’s room and rooms like the bathroom just to make sure that you have nothing to worry about before baby comes home.
Check The Smoke Alarms
Next up, the smoke alarms. We all know that smoke alarm maintenance is vital, but it’s something we can easily forget about. Having smoking alarms fitted can make up believe that we’re taking precautions, but the alarms also need maintenance. So, you’re definitely going to want to get them checked out before you get home from the hospital, just to make sure that everything is working correctly.
When you’re working through your preparations, you’re probably thinking about getting everything for the baby ready. However, you should also think about yourself too. After all, you want life to be as easy as possible when the baby comes. So, get together some make-ahead meals and freeze them. With a few weeks worth of food stored away, that’s one less thing to worry about when you’re home from the hospital.
By this point you’ve probably gone through and pre-washed baby clothes and all of the things that you’ve got ready for the baby, like blankets and bedding. Or you’re planning too. It’s definitely one piece of advice that new mums get a lot. But, you may want to go a step beyond. You don’t have to do just the baby stuff. Washing your stuff and sheets and towels ahead should save you time to start with when you’re first home.
You may also find that you might want to make a few changes to your home too. When you think about baby proofing, you’re often putting up stair gates and covering sharp edges, fixing drawers shut and blocking electricity points, but sometimes you can do more. It often helps to have baby friendly flooring that’s wipeable, as well as choices of furniture or fabrics. Although you may not want to redo your entire house, some steps can help and will save you making changes as your family grows.
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