We all love our homes. But sometimes everything turns around and we find ourselves completely overwhelmed by one thing, and everything suddenly has to change. I'm talking, of course, about parenthood. When you become a parent, your entire world changes and there's only one important thing – your child. It requires a lot of adjusting. You'll have to change your entire style of living to be able to provide a safe environment for your new family member. Your home will be the one to take the biggest hit. Everything around it will have to be changed to make it a safer place. So, how to prepare your home for the baby?
Location of the baby's room
It's important to pick a good location for the baby's room. There are many things to consider regarding this decision. You'll have to decide if you want the room to be close to your own bedroom, if you want it to be right next to it, or if you want to keep the baby in the same room with you for the time being. The air flow inside the house is also a consideration. These are important decisions that will affect almost every part of you and your child's existence. The choice of a room location is the first of many big steps you need to do to prepare your home for the baby.
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Decorating the baby's room
The decision how to decorate your baby's room is also very important. After all, this is the room your baby will grow up in and where it will develop as a little person. Use care when you pick colours and decorations. They should be cheerful, bright and stimulating for the little one.
Make your home a safe place
When you have a baby, it's important to keep him or her safe. You may want to get your home checked to see if everything is working properly. You can check your heating and ventilation system for instance, and see if all your furniture and windows are solid and safe. One issue for your child's development may be bad air quality. A way to set your mind at ease is to get some air conditioning cleaning done prior to bub's arrival. This way you can be sure that your home will be prepared.
When your baby comes, it will need a lot of attention and you'll need eyes in the back of your head where they are concerned. This is why the baby monitor was invented. If you have one installed, you can observe your baby all the time and know their every move. These handy devices can help you when you need to go to a different part of the house and the baby is sleeping, for instance. You'll be able to take care of your baby even when you're not there.
Important phone numbers
Once the baby arrives, you'll need to communicate regularly with certain people. Your child will need constant care not only from you, but also from a doctor. Little babies are fragile and there's no place for compromise – you'll have to find a good GP (who will refer a paediatrician if needed) and a hospital, located close to the house. To be safe, you should write down the most important phone numbers on a piece of paper, and put it in a visible place.
Babies grow fast and before you know it, you'll have to baby proof the whole house, because the little one will be crawling. When this moment comes, you'll have to think about everything – the cabinets, wardrobes, shelves, doors, windows, the fridge and the toilet. You'll have to make all these places safer for your baby. If your kitchen works on gas, you'll have to find a way to restrict baby's access to that and maybe call a gas/electrical specialist to check if everything works correctly. The heating and air vents also need to be childproofed, especially if they are located on the floor.
Your home is not the only place that will need remodelling when the baby comes. Your car will also have to be suitable for children. If you have one of those little sport cars, you might need to invest in a bigger car, with ample space for a baby seat and good boot space for when you travel with lots of baby equipment.
Having a child is a very hard and life-changing decision. But when you make it, you won't look back. Once you've prepared your home for the baby, there's nothing left to do but wait and enjoy.
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