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.
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:
How 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 Rock ‘n Play Sleeper – affiliate link) next to our bed. I also invested in a nursing chair (similar to this one Glider Rocking 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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