Preparing your home for a newborn

When you are expecting for the first time, you have many things on your mind, from mum’s health to the safety of your newborn. Excitement builds as you count the weeks until your due date and monitor the baby’s development with ultrasound scans. Everyone has a slightly different method of parenting, but the most important things that every parent needs to prepare for during the first months are baby’s sleep, clothing, nutrition, and nappy changing. Check out the following tips to help prepare your home for a new baby. 

Planning a space 

The first thing you will have to decide is how to make space in your home for your baby without going over your budget. They will need their own bedroom eventually, but newborns can sleep in the same room as their parents in the early days. It is safer to keep them in the room with you for the first months or year. Lucas is 2 and still co-sleeps with me. In addition to the basic items listed below, you will need to make space in your home for accessories like a bouncer, swing, carrier, toys, and play equipment. 

Sweet dreams for your baby 

There are so many different sleep methods to consider. You might choose to have the baby sleep in a crib or co-sleep right next to you. There are benefits and drawbacks to any method, so you will have to research each method and decide what you prefer. Be aware of safety guidelines for soft objects like pillows and teddies. Measure your bedroom or the bedroom where your baby will sleep to see how furniture can be arranged to suit your needs. 

When your baby sleeps, you will be able to sleep. Create a comfortable sleep environment to lull your baby to sleep more easily. Install window shutters to block out light at night to ensure a more restful sleep. 

Changing station 

Nappy changing is not a glamourous aspect of having a new baby, but it is necessary. The changing station is another setup that is selected to fit the family’s needs. If you choose a full-sized crib for your baby, it might come with an attached changing station. Otherwise, you will need to decide where to change your little one. 

It is ideal to set up a changing station near where your baby sleeps because nappy changing is an around-the-clock job. Some parents who have small living quarters might want to purchase a changing pad and change the baby on their bed. Other parents have more than one place to change nappies set up around the house. Just make sure that you have nappies and supplies within reach so you can keep one hand on the baby. I had changing mats downstairs and upstairs. We also had an attachable changing table that went on top on the cot but we never used this.

Small storage for tiny clothes 

Your tiny baby will grow quickly and will probably wear each outfit just a few times before they outgrow it. Plan a small storage dresser for their clothing. Keep it near where you change them for the occasions when they need a fresh change of clothes quickly. 

In addition to buying clothing in a size that fits now, it’s always good to have a few outfits in a size or two larger. You will probably own a variety of baby clothing sizes before the baby arrives because you won’t know their size in advance. If you don’t have extra space in your wardrobe, keep these extra outfits in storage containers designed to fit under your bed or your baby’s crib.  

Nursing and bottle supplies 

Breastfeeding can be a sensitive subject for many mums. The best laid plans to breastfeed might not work out like you expected, and that’s okay. If you plan to breastfeed, you might want to invest in a breast pump, which helps pump hind milk after a feeding. Don’t be discouraged if you have challenges with supply. Some people keep baby formula on hand even if they breastfeed. It is a good idea to choose – or at least consider – nursing and bottle supplies now so you can make space in a cupboard.  

Car seat for safety 

A car seat is another essential item that you will need before your baby’s birth date. Check car seat reviews and current regulations to choose your baby’s car seat. The seat belt should latch snugly around the baby. You might have to remove their jacket or coat so they don’t slip around as a safety precaution. 

There are loads of other baby items to purchase, but these are the primary items expectant parents should get in advance. I found it really helpful getting prepared before we had Lucas, there is enough to be thinking of with a new born and it is a time you should treasure.

 

 

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13 Comments on Preparing your home for a newborn

  1. Elinor Hill aka beachhutcook
    March 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Get ready to welcome your baby into your home is such as gentle special time isn’t it. My boys now big grown up boys are full of action but I yet I still remember this time. A slow time when everything was new and exciting. Elinor x

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  2. Andrea @Topsy Turvy Tribe
    March 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm (1 year ago)

    You can never be prepared enough, especially for the sleepless nights! #familyfun

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  3. GeordieKisses
    March 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Such a useful post im hoping to be needing all these tips in the near future! #TuesdayTreasures

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  4. Emma Reed
    March 9, 2017 at 9:08 am (1 year ago)

    I wish I had bought a changing table. My poor knees from all the kneeling on the floor. No one tells you about that! #ablogginggoodtime

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  5. Laura Beresford
    March 9, 2017 at 10:04 am (1 year ago)

    Definitely the essentials! I got so much stuff for my firstborn that was unnecessary so with the next 2 I didn’t bother #ablogginggoodtime

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  6. Karen, the next best thing to mummy
    March 9, 2017 at 10:28 am (1 year ago)

    Such an exciting time, waiting and preparing for a new baby, there’s nothing else quite like it#[email protected]_karendennis

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  7. Angela Webster
    March 9, 2017 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

    The amount of storage you need for such a tiny human is crazy. I opted for plastic tubs that I could move from room to room easily. A good car seat is a must. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

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  8. Mummygummie
    March 9, 2017 at 3:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Helpful post for preparing for a newborn, especially helpful to consider how to set up your house re sleeping and changing etc. #tuesdaytreasures

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  9. Kara
    March 9, 2017 at 4:17 pm (1 year ago)

    i never had a changing station although we do use one at work – saves all that bending down

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  10. Tammymum
    March 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Argh I so wish I had chance to prepare for both of my babies. We were literally thrown in at the deep end when they both came. I remember when we came home from the hospital with my first – I had to send the OH out for everything and we borrowed a car seat! Argh it wasn’t ideal. Great tip here lovey thank you for sharing at #familyfun x

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  11. Karen | TwoTinyHands
    March 11, 2017 at 7:51 pm (1 year ago)

    I enjoyed getting my home ready for the little one such a special time. We didn’t buy lots and made do with very little though! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  12. Susie at This is me now
    March 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

    I didn’t buy a pump or any bottles as I planned on breastfeeding. After a few days we had to buy a pump! I remember stressing over what baby was going to sleep in for ages too! We did moses then a crib in our room til 5 months. #FamilyFun

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  13. Mummy in a TuTu
    March 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm (1 year ago)

    great tips for sure – i bought everything i could even if i didnt think I’d need it!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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