Expecting a new baby can be the most exciting time in your life, but that doesn’t come without stress. And lots of it.
Is there a personal occurrence more significant than creating a new life and bringing it into this world? Once the initial excitement dulls, suddenly you feel as though there are a million things going on and everyone is asking a million questions and there’s a list of a million items that you need to attain.
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It’s overwhelming we know, but your head doesn’t have to be constantly spinning throughout the entire process. We’re getting back to the basics with this necessity checklist that should (hopefully!) keep things clear and organised, so you can stop worrying and focus on enjoying this special time.
Let’s start at the beginning: decorate the room! Are you having a boy or a girl? Perhaps you’re keeping it a surprise? Whatever you decide, make sure that the room has a bright, fresh lick of paint to welcome your newborn.
Next comes the furniture and to keep it simple, just start with the basics. First of all, it’s important to handle the matter of where your baby will sleep. Although you have an option of a cradle, bassinet, or bedside sleeper, Consumer Reports suggest that you can save both money and worry by sticking with a crib.
Alongside this, ensure that a changing table, nightlight, and baby monitor is high up on your list. Other additions are welcome as a nice touch, such as a rocking chair, decorations, and a toy box, but we’re focusing on the fundamentals for now.
Is there anything cuter than baby clothes?! Tiny hats and socks and booties that’ll keep your little one comfy and cozy, and not to mention ridiculously adorable. Baby Center recommends preparing with 4-7 versions of most items of clothing.
This includes onesies, cardigans, and sleepers.
Baby-proof your home!
This is probably the most important aspect of your check list, especially if this is your first baby. No parent is perfect and my goodness, accidents can sure happen! So, let’s make sure we do what we can to prevent them.
Remove random materials that may be lying around and put them somewhere safe. This includes paper clips, batteries, loose change, – anything that presents a choking hazard!
This time before the baby arrives is also a great opportunity to perform any home-maintenance projects that have been bubbling on the surface. Check your fire alarm, clean those gutters, and get a roof health check to eliminate any possibilities that could be a danger to your little one.
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