Pregnancy can be exciting and overwhelming, with a flurry of preparations to welcome your little bundle of joy. However, nine months can seem a long time, and it is tempting to wait until the last few months to plan for the family’s newest member. You may find it stressful or don’t know where to begin. Research shows that this confusion is natural and that everyone feels it when unsure how to prepare. While you may already stock on supplies, below are a few things you cannot overlook before the baby’s arrival.
- Get started on baby-proofing
Having a kid who can get into a kitchen and open cupboards full of hazardous substances may appear years away. However, planning as early as possible is always advisable, as babies become mobile almost instantly. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises keeping all medications and cleaning products locked in your cabinets. You may also use magnetic locks on cabinets that the baby can’t reach. Keep the keys in a separate location from your household keys.
- Design a nursery for you and your baby
When setting up a nursery, it’s necessary to make it convenient for both the baby and the mother. A spacious and hazard-free environment is ideal for a nursery, with proper consideration for electrical cords, wall decor, and other hazards. Good ventilation is also key for a nursery, and if doors and windows do not provide sufficient airflow, then a silent air conditioning unit is recommended. You could contact your local air conditioning installation company for your HVAC system to keep your home always comfortable. It would also be helpful to ensure the nursery is closer since babies need constant attention and keep it clutter-free for convenience.
- Revisit your wardrobe
If you are about to have a baby, it is important to reorganize your wardrobe to make room for clothes suitable for postpartum comfort. You may find yourself stuck between wearing your old maternity clothes or not fitting into your pre-pregnancy clothes, which can be disheartening. Prepare your wardrobe with soft, loose-fitting, or comfy clothes, leggings and underwear a few sizes up, nursery bras a size up from your pre-pregnancy cup size, matching loungewear and loose-fitting dresses. Having these can help boost your self-esteem and keep you comfortable. Packing away anything you are unlikely to wear can also help you feel better during the vulnerable period after the pregnancy, so keep this in mind.
- Prepare for visitors if necessary
Early motherhood is a whirl of lack of sleep and many guests. If you intend to host overnight visitors, plan for them immediately. Purchase extra toothpaste, toothbrushes, and paper towels. Change the linens, add a white noise fan, and have extra soap and towels available. That said, it’s vital to highlight that you should never feel obligated to have or allow visitors, especially if you’re new parents.
Applying the above tips will help make your preparation smooth and less stressful, giving you all you need to welcome your baby into your home.