As you get ready to bring your bundle of joy home, it's a great idea to prepare the home and make sure that it's warm and welcoming. If you'd like to see some ways in which you can prepare your home before the little one arrives, have a look below.
Obtain Inspections for a Healthy Living Space
To be sure that there are no dangers that may not be visible to the naked eye, like carbon monoxide and mold spores in the air in your home, obtain an inspection. About half of the houses on sale today are 37 years old or older and most of them have appliances, roofs, flooring, and furnaces at the end of their lifespan, according to the principal economist for Houzz, Nino Sitchinava. This makes it more important to find out from an inspection how healthy your home is, and if it isn't, you will be able to take the right course of action.
Remove All Clutter From Your Home
A cluttered home is not a comfortable one, and you want to be comfortable while spending time with your little one. Get help from a willing friend or relative to organize your house, getting rid of everything you don't need. You could hold a garage sale if you're up for it, and use the extra money to get more necessities for the baby. If not, donate the items and put a smile on other people's faces!
Ensure Your Home Is Well-Lit
Good lighting is important for a great environment, as you will be able to keep an eye on everything at all times of the day. Get a modern light fixture that uses energy-saving light bulbs, and install a dimmer switch if possible. This will help you save up on energy bills and also present an easier time changing the brightness easily whenever you want to. Fewer than one in every five adults in America feel confident about their saving habits, according to the 2019 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey by NFCC. Don't be one of them; take control of your energy bills by starting with the lights and then work on other areas of improvement.
Add Storage Space and Get Organized
Storage space is one thing you won't have too much of now that there's a baby on the way. If there are extra rooms in your house that you can convert to storage rooms, do so. You could also partition large rooms to have some space for storing clothes and toys. Add shelves and invest in storage bins and other organizational paraphernalia. When you know where everything is even when it's not in the way, you will have an easier time focusing on what's important, keeping your baby healthy and happy.
Prepare the Nursery With Furniture and Proper Bedding
Once the baby arrives, you will literally have your hands too full to do much else. To ensure their immediate comfort and a smooth transition when you both come back home, shop for proper bedding and furniture for the nursery. This includes the baby cot, shelves for storing diapers, and a cabinet or two for their clothes and hamper. Up to 16 million Americans are affected by the skin disease rosacea, so to keep your baby as safe as possible from contaminants that could cause them an infection, make sure their bedding is of high quality.
Welcoming your baby home is probably one of the best feelings for any eager parents-to-be. To make sure you have the best experience possible, spare some time to prepare the home for their arrival. It won't take too much time, and you'll be happy you did it with the help of your partner, family, and friends by your side.
Devin is a writer and an avid reader. When she isn't lost in a book or writing, she's busy in the kitchen trying to perfect her slow cooker recipes. You can find her poetry published in The Adirondack Review and Cartridge Lit.