Home Checklist: What to do before the baby arrives
Having a baby is not only one of the best moments of your life, it is also one of the most hectic. Before you rush off to the hospital and deliver a beautiful bundle of joy, there are some things you should tend to around the home in the lead up to bubs arrival! Make sure you check each of these things off the to-do list in the weeks before the baby arrives to ensure you are fully prepared for your new journey.
Pack Your Bag
Babies come at the most unexpected of times, so be sure to have a bag full of your hospital necessities packed and ready to go when the time comes. Ideally, you should have a bag packed for yourself, one for the baby and another for your partner too in case you have to stay at the hospital longer than expected. Don’t forget to include a toothbrush and deodorant, a change of clothes and your phone charger so you can share the good news with your loved ones.
Don’t Forget The Car Seat
Make sure you install your baby’s car seat and ensure you know how to actually use it. Nothing is more important than the safety of your bub, so read the instruction manual and have a couple of practices.
Decorate The Nursery
Obviously an important item to tick off, your newborn’s first room! The nursery represents your new family and a whole lot of love, so spend some time in there making it perfect. Instead of painting the room in the cliche pastel palette, opt for one of our gorgeous wallpapers and wall murals from the Muffin & Mani collection. The hardest part is choosing between baby animals, robots, cute creatures, educational designs and dreamy florals.
Keep The House Clean (as much as possible!)
When your arms become heavy, you’ll no doubt start to spend a fair bit of time on the floor with your bub. The last thing you’ll want to be doing in those first few weeks is cleaning, so start off with a tidy home and you’ll be able to keep it clean very easily as you juggle life with a newborn. It’s also a good idea to get rid of dust, bacteria and germs and any other lingering nasties so it is a safe and healthy environment for your little family.
Freeze Some Meals
Prepare yourself in the weeks before your due date by batch cooking some meals to pop into the freezer. This will make it easier when you come home from the hospital and are too busy to prepare full meals for your family. Meals such as soup, casserole and spaghetti are perfect to cook, freeze and reheat.
Baby-Proof Your Home
Last but definitely not least, baby-proof your home to ensure sharp corners on coffee tables, desks and other pieces of furniture are covered with child-friendly fixtures. It’s also a good idea to put all unnecessary clutter into storage if it could get broken or become a choking hazard and make sure there is nothing within their reach that could come toppling down.
Before you welcome your new baby into your home, make sure you are organised and have done these 6 things to make the transition as smooth as possible. If you have a tip to share for parents-to-be when it comes to preparing their home for a newborn, leave them in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts!