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In past blog posts, we have discussed the many life events that we go through from getting married to raising a family to eventually downsizing a home. One of life’s major events that requires planning and preparation is having a family. The arrival of new baby is a time of great excitement and great change for a family. Months before the baby is born, you must start to assess the space in your home and decide where you will create a baby room and where you will put all of the items that come along with having a baby. Rooms will have to be re-purposed, cleaned, painted, and furniture will have to be moved. All of this will need to happen before the new baby comes home. If the room that you want to use for the nursery was once a guest room, then you will need to find a place to store the bedroom furniture. If the room was just a “store-all”, then you will need to find other homes for the boxes and bins. When you are accessing the rooms and starting your re-organizing projects, think about placing the extra furniture that you don’t need now, but might in the future, in a storage unit. Self storage is a great option for household storagefrom furniture to room accessories. Move these items to the storage facility as early as possible to eliminate additional clutter in your home.
Preparing for a New Baby
It is very important to be prepared for the new arrival. The best thing is to create a checklist for the new baby and all of the things that you will need to do to get ready from buying all the baby items to redecorating the room.
- In order to prepare for a new baby, you first must figure out where you will have the nursery. Then you will need to figure out the best way to maximize the storage that you already have in your home to accommodate all of the baby’s things from clothing to diapers to toys to swings!
- Clean the new baby’s room from top to bottom before you begin re-decorating. After you paint the room and start adding the baby’s furniture, then do another cleaning. According toHealthy Children.org and The American Academy of Pediatricians(link is external), rely on common sense when preparing and maintaining a baby’s room. You should not need to sterilize the baby’s room to eliminate dust and germs before it comes home, because you will not be able to keep up with that level of clean after the baby is home. Creating a cleaning and maintenance schedule for the room is more important.
- Don’t “overload” the baby’s room with furniture. You just need the basics: crib, dresser, changing table and a rocking chair. Having furniture with built-in storage will also be a big help for organizational purposes.
- Organize the baby items and accessories that you have started to accumulate in the room. Set up shelving for books and toys.
- Create “stations” in the room for diapering, dressing and feeding. Also, have stations set up in other parts of the home. This is especially important if you have multi-levels to your home. Make sure that the baby’s room is convenient for you. This is extremely crucial for those middle of the night feedings and changing!
- Start baby proofing the baby’s room and home now. Make sure that the furniture that you have purchased is sturdy and can be secured to the walls, so toddlers can’t pull it over. Add latches to the lower dresser drawers. Purchase baby gates for the top and even the bottom of staircases and for rooms you will not want toddlers to explore. Put plastic safety plugs into electrical outlets. Place non-stick pads below rugs in the baby’s room to prevent the toddler from slipping.
Once you have everything set up and your home is prepared for a new baby, it is time to enjoy the time with your new family! Congratulations on your new arrival!