How to get the house ready for a Newborn Baby

How to get the house ready for a Newborn Baby

Before I had my first child, one of my worries was wondering what would happen when I actually brought the baby home from the hospital.  Would we have everything we needed for the baby?  Was our house even baby-friendly? We had no idea how to get the house ready for a newborn baby.

I had spent a lot of time planning what I needed in my hospital bag and what I would need as a new mum for myself but hadn’t given much thought to the practical things I needed to do at home to prepare for bringing a tiny newborn home and to make my life easier in the first few days after I came home from the hospital.

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Now, after having two babies, I thought I’d share some of the things I did at home to get the house ready for a Newborn Baby:

1.  Clean the house

I’ll start with a pretty obvious one but if you’re physically able to, try and give the house a really good clean from top to bottom.  After the birth you might be physically incapable of doing much cleaning and you’ll certainly be time-poor so if you have the opportunity to get the house in shape beforehand, do so.

Failing that, when a friend or family member asks if you need any help after you’ve had the baby, say YES and hand them a duster :)

2.  Change your bed sheets

This is only going to work out perfectly if you know the exact date you’re going to have your baby of course!  There’s something very lovely about getting into your own bed after having your baby and even better to have fresh, clean sheets.  Especially if you’ve spent any nights in a hospital bed!

I loved coming back to mum’s house after giving birth to baby #2 and getting into a lovely, comfortable ‘just made’ bed.

3.  Stock up on the small stuff

I mean things such as quick and easy-to-grab snacks, drinks, magazines, DVDs etc.  In those first few days and weeks while you’re recovering, you’ll be spending a lot of time holding your baby and with little time and only one arm, you’ll want to be able to grab the things you need quickly and easily.

If your baby is anything like mine, they’ll feed constantly for hours in the beginning so snacks, water and magazines kept me going during those long sessions.

4.  Wash the baby’s clothes and blankets

It’s a good idea to wash any clothes or blankets that will come into contact with your baby’s skin before you use them.  You don’t really know what chemicals or condition the items have been kept in before they hit the shops.

It’s also a great way to work out what items you have to make sure you have enough and it’s so cute to see the tiny things hanging up on the washing line!

5.  Decide where the baby will sleep

Another pretty obvious one but it’s worth spending some time considering where the baby will sleep.  Talk to friends about what worked for them and decide what will work for you.

Will they be in their own cot and nursery from day one?  Or perhaps you’d prefer them to sleep in your room?  If so, is there space for a cot there or would a co-sleeper be a better option?

I’ve breastfed both of my babies and it was easier for me to have them in a co-sleeper (Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper – affiliate link) next to our bed.  I also invested in a nursing chair (similar to this one Tutti Bambini Deluxe Glider Chair – affiliate link) for the corner of our room too.

6.  Prepare freezer meals

Finally, I’d recommend spending some time, before the baby comes, preparing some extra meals for your freezer.  There are many pasta and casserole dishes you can cook in batches.  Then just separate them into portions and put into ziplock bags or containers to store in your freezer.

It’s an idea to write the date you prepared the meal and what it actually is on the container too – something I forgot to do a lot, baby brain!

Do you have anything to add to my list?  What advice would you give new parents to get the house ready for a newborn?

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  1. 8th August 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Great tips. Freezer meals were the best thing I did on maternity leave! x

    • 8th August 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Donna! I wish I had a bigger freezer so I could have done more :) x

  2. 9th August 2015 / 3:27 am

    A great list! We thought a lot about number 5 before bringing baby home. I decided Bub would sleep in her cot in her bedroom right next to our room. When I got her home I cried because I thought the cot was actually WAY too big for her and I felt bad putting her in there (of course it was those crazy baby emotional hormones doing their bit!). My partner ended up racing to the baby shop and buying her a super cute wooden bassinet on wheels so I could move her around the house in it in those first few weeks! Haha! Crazy times!!!
    Thanks for sharing! x

    • 9th August 2015 / 6:49 am

      Aww they do look so tiny in the cot when they’re newborn! You have to do what works for you :) :)

  3. 9th August 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Good suggestions! I’d add ‘Disconnect the doorbell’ :) New families always get too much company.

    • 9th August 2015 / 7:29 pm

      That is such a good point – love it! :)

  4. 9th August 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Fabulous list! I was so unprepared when we brought home #1 (with an extra, unexpected, night in hospital mum popped into ours to pick up some more babygros. She then went straight to M&S because, as we now realise, three babygros really isn’t enough!)

    I felt so much more prepared with #2. Yes to everything you have said. Freezer meals in particular. After a 4 week recovery at my mums she got a cleaner into my house before I returned. I can’t describe the feeling of relief and comfort walking into a clean home, with a full freezer, a BedNest all set up, clean sheets and subscription to NetFlix. Blissful!! So pleased to have found your blog. off to trawl your archives now!! x

    • 10th August 2015 / 1:28 am

      Oh thank you!! Ooh how absolutely wonderful to have a cleaner go in – that would have been a huge help – you have a very brilliant mum! :)

  5. 14th August 2015 / 11:21 am

    I agree about thinking about where baby will sleep. Baby slept in a cot in our room at night but it seemed too far away from the action during the day. We used a moses basket during the day so they could nap easily and could be moved around the house with me.

    • 14th August 2015 / 11:38 am

      Such a good idea to be able to have them ‘mobile’ in the day – they don’t like to be too far from the action :) x

  6. 15th August 2015 / 12:00 am

    Fab tips lovely. We were lucky and had my SIL stay for a week and she was a godsend :) Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • 15th August 2015 / 11:38 am

      That’s amazing – it makes such a difference having someone around to help :) x

  7. 16th August 2015 / 11:55 am

    Great tips, I think we’ve done all of these but need to fill the freezer with some meals now. And I never thought of the bed sheet one, thats a fantastic tip!

    • 16th August 2015 / 12:12 pm

      It’s so lovely to get back into your own bed when you get home :) x

  8. cbray
    23rd April 2016 / 1:01 am

    Agree with all. I’d add clean the car and install the carseat.

    • 24th April 2016 / 6:17 pm

      YES to the carseat – an essential for bringing home the baby :)

  9. Lora
    6th June 2016 / 3:45 am

    Great . Thanks for sharing

  10. Johnny
    20th September 2016 / 12:51 am

    Good idea to ensue that the person that will help you with baby when out of hospital has keys to your house. There will be times you can’t leave what you are doing to go open the door.

  11. Cody
    1st October 2016 / 4:56 am

    Be careful about washing too many clothes right away. If any of your kids are like mine they were big and grew very quickly. We skipped over nb stuff altogether. My son was wearing 6m clothing by 6 weeks. There were so many clothes we never got to use. I wish I had kept more tags on them to exchange them. That was my first time mommy experience. This time with our daughter I bought and was given a lot of hand me down items and the few things that have been purchased for us I am keeping tags on except her snow suit. I love these for newborns. They are so much easier than a jacket for the winter time.

    • 3rd October 2016 / 6:13 pm

      They’re such good tips, thank you! Yes you’re right, until the baby arrives there isn’t much of a clue what size they’ll be :)

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