So, you’re bringing home your bundle of joy; a scary and downright terrifying experience. You have to make sure that your home is baby-ready, and I’m not just talking about making the nursery look like it’s out of a movie. Here’s how you can prepare your home for the arrival of a baby.
Conduct A Safety Exam On Your Home
Cara Little, founder of Pure Home Body shares her advice for making your home baby ready. “We often look at finding the perfect pram, the best breastfeeding pillow, the ideal nursery items but one thing that many eager parents don’t consider is how safe their home is for the arrival of your beautiful bundle of joy. Start looking at your home cleaning and body products and switch to toxin free, natural alternatives like the Pure Home Body range. A toxin-free home is so important for your new arrival as they develop their senses and use them to learn. It can often be daunting wondering what products are safe to use on their delicate skin or isn’t harmful to use around them in the home. The Pure Home Body range is line of pharmacist formulated, safe range of home and body products that can be trusted by your young family.” Find out more about Pure Home Body by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Make Room In Your Fridge
When baby arrives, you’re going to have to make more space than you think. Not only do you have to clear away your old junk to make room for nursery items, you’re also going to have to clear space in your fridge for bottles and baby food. If you need extra room for your baby food and bottles, but you honestly can’t squeeze in any more space, you should get yourself a bar fridge from MyDeal. You can stack up all of your baby food, bottles, or even store some frozen meals for the week, so you can take your focus off cooking and put the focus on the little baby you’ve got.
Decide Where Your Baby Will Sleep
Kelly Boateng from Adinkra Designs shares her wisdom. “First consider where in the home baby will sleep. According to SIDs guidelines, the safest place for your baby to sleep in the first six months is in a room with you. If you decide baby will sleep in your room, then the amount of space available may dictate what type of bedding you select. There are many options available such as cot, bassinet or moses basket. Smaller baby bedding like a bassinet or moses basket will not only be an easier fit in your room but can help create a cosy and secure sleep environment for baby.” Find out more about Adinkra Designs by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Prepare Your Pet
Ruth Elliott from Formal Dogs offers her pet advice. “It is important to prepare your dog for the arrival of a new baby too. Some simple tips:
Establish a safe sleeping area for your dog before baby arrives
Get dog used to changes in household routines
Address any behavioural issues (barking/whining) prior to the birth
Teach your dog to walk nicely on lead beside a pram.” Find out more about Formal Dogs by following them on Facebook.
Borrow From Other Parents
Vanouhi Nazarian, owner of Kindershare offers some useful advice. “Something like a bassinet will only last 5 weeks, and the average travel cot is used for only 2 weeks per year. Baby capsules, while very convenient, also have a pretty short lifespan. If you're not sure if you will have more children, you'll need to find somewhere to store it. In years gone past, we would find a friend or family member to borrow these items from, but with people living further from family now, this is not as easy. Instead of buying new, you can now rent these from local families using Kindershare. We are a parent-to-parent network providing high-quality baby equipment at a low cost.” FInd out more about Kindershare by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Get Soft Furniture
Soft edge furniture is vital for keeping your baby safe. You can always keep your furniture soft on its edges with protective baby-proof items, but you should make sure that you have soft-edged sofas and baby-proof furniture. You can buy soft and stylish furniture from MyDeal.
Important Health And Safety Regulations And Hazards
First Aid For You share their extremely important advice for babies in a new home. “When purchasing products for your nursery look for safety standards tags, ensure that the products you’re purchasing have met Australian safety codes, if you’re not sure, ask a salesperson, they’ll be well aware of the standards of the various products. If you are planning on purchasing a secondhand item for your nursery, ask for any instruction manuals and warranties, prior to purchasing, check that there are no splinters in wooden products and that the paint is not chipped. Little ones love to chew and suck on all manner of items! A cot mattress should fit snugly into the cot, no more than two adult fingers should be able to slide down the side between the mattress and side of the cot. Keep curtain cords tied up and out of reach, little hands and teething mouths will find wooden toggles a delight – so keep out of eyesight to prevent a choking hazard. Place safety plugs in all power point outlets. Saliva from babies and an inquisitive finger can turn deadly. Never place a crib next to a heater or in an area that gets direct sunlight as overheating is a known risk factor associated with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).” Find out more about First Aid For You by following them on Facebook.
Keep your baby safe when you take them home by following these steps. They’re vital for making sure that your baby is safe and sound when they arrive at their new home.