You're about to have a baby and wondering how your life is about to change. Maybe you don't have a lot of experience with babies or children. What can you do to feel more prepared? Check out our tips below regarding getting house ready for baby and work on preparing your home for your new arrival. This list is designed to make those first few weeks easier and more comfortable. Let us know if a tip helped you, or share your own in the comments.
7. A nightlight or salt lamp can come in handy for the middle of the night nursing sessions or diaper changes.
8. Consider buying dark or blackout curtains for the nursery windows to help baby sleep better. Others also swear by a white noise machine, light projector or lullaby machine as tricks to help baby fall asleep and stay asleep.
9. There is nothing like a new set of sheets (make sure they are within your budget though because in all likelihood they will get stained) for your first nights home from the hospital. Plan to spend a lot of time in bed those first days, you may lose track of day or night as you spend all your time sleeping or nursing a new baby to establish a great supply. Especially if you have a tear or a c-section, you may really be out of commission for a while. Plan for it, accept it if it happens, and knows these days are just a short season in your life and it WILL all get better.
10. Back-up bed sheets.
11. Lots of pillows for your bed.
12. A backrest pillow or wedge works well if you have a c-section and can’t easily sit up or lay down. This kind of reclines you while you sit so you can sleep sitting up comfortably.
13. A small pillow to carry around for you and hold against your incision, if you have a c-section. This will help anytime you have to laugh, cough, sneeze, or going over bumps in the road when you driven home from the hospital.
14. A step stool for your bed, especially if you have a c-section, you won’t be as limber as you are usually and this may come in handy if you have a tall bed.
15. Washable crib liners work well for EVERYTHING- put them down on the couch before you sit down in case you or the baby leak something. Put them under baby when changing them to keep the floor/sheets/diaper pad clean a little longer. Use them over your lap when holding baby in case they spit up. The list goes on and on. You can even use them- gasp! In the crib as a protective liner! Disposable puppy pads work well for this too. You can use any of these before birth too in case your water breaks in the days leading up to the big day, or after when baby is older and you are in the middle of potty training.
16. A diaper changing station or designated area, with some padding you can easily sanitize. The station should also be equipped with diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream and anything else you need within arms reach. You don’t even need an actual table; you can put a towel on a bed or on the floor.
17. Some people love their diaper wipe warmers and diaper pails. We placed diapers in grocery store plastic bags. Then brought them out to the outdoor trash as soon as possible. Others feel diaper pails make the most sense for them.
18. Cloth diaper squares also work well for multi-use purposes- cleaning up spit-up, leaking breasts, wearing over your lap while holding baby, etc.
19. Speaking of puppy pads, I ordered a bulk supply of dog poop bags to tie up all the poopy diapers as they came in. It made disposing of them so much easier than walking out to the trash every time baby pooped. They even come in handy holders to stick a few in the diaper bag for on-the-go adventures. They make the same for new human babies but the dog ones are much cheaper and come in handy bone carrying-cases.
20. Keep some hand wipes in every room to quickly clean up messes on your clothes, hands, floor etc.
21. Stock your fridge and pantry with your favorite healthy comfort foods. Prepare as if you won’t leave the house for two weeks. Healthy frozen foods and healthy convenience foods will be essential.
22. Lots and lots of meals already prepared and/or frozen so you don’t have to focus on anything but taking care of yourself and your new baby.
23. Paper plates and such will come in really handy in those first few weeks.
24. Stock up on random household items that you may need while you are recovering after birth. Paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, etc.
25. Peroxide to get bloodstains out of sheets. If for some reason you do bleed on your favorite sheets, pour some peroxide on the stain as soon as possible. Then wash as normal. Should be color safe as well, it’s worth a try rather than living with a stain on your favorite item.
Overall, getting your house ready for baby will take a bit of time and effort. However, when you are done you will feel content knowing your home is safe and you are well prepared for this new chapter in your life.