When expecting a baby, parents who already have children know what to expect and they prepare themselves and their home accordingly. Young couples who are going to become parents for the first time find themselves in a new situation: how to get ready for the arrival of the baby, but more importantly, how to turn your home into a safe environment for the baby without turning their home into a kindergarten. Read on to find out tips on organizing and decorating your home to prepare for the baby’s arrival.
The nursery is usually everyone’s main focus, but it can result in you designing the perfect nursery and forgetting about the rest of the home. If the cliché palettes aren’t working for you, ditch the ‘blue is for boys and pink is for girls’ stereotype and reach for something a bit unconventional. Neutral colour palette with bright details and accents is always a good choice so you can have light grey and bright pink, pale green and deep red, etc. Using stickers or painting murals on the walls is great because when the baby starts noticing the details the walls will captivate its attention. Keep a stack of diapers next to the changing table and have a night light to help you navigate after you put the baby to sleep.
It’s easy to forget about the living room when you have the nursery to worry about, but baby-proofing and decorating this room is equally important as preparing the nursery. Clear out the clutter so you can keep an eye on the baby more easily, and make sure to hide all the extension cords and glass decorations. Babies are very curious and might hurt themselves on sharp edges of coffee tables or bed frames, so it might be a good idea to pick one of those gorgeous couches with soft lines and find a better solution for your coffee table. Not only are these couches safer for kids, but they will look great and be the focal point of the room and an alternative coffee table can contribute to those as well.
When you find yourself in the role of a parent, you will realize how little time you have to deal with tasks you didn’t think of before. Things will inevitably get hectic, but you should be ready to make healthy meals on time, as this is of utmost importance for both you and your baby. At first you might not have time to cook, which means that when you do, you should prepare meals in advance and keep them in the fridge. Arm yourself with Tupperware boxes and fresh, healthy foods which will make cooking much easier. Try to do this before the baby arrives so you don’t have to worry and go out shopping later on.
When bath time comes, you might be overwhelmed at first because you will have to learn the right way to hold the baby and the right way to draw a bath. Having the right items by your side can be very helpful and knowing that you can find what you need in a blink of an eye will calm your nerves. Baby bathtub is a must, as you will not be able to use the real tub until the child is at least a year old. Baby soap and baby shampoo are also necessary because baby’s skin is very sensitive, and you will also need soft washcloth and a few hooded baby towels. You might want to use the thermometer to check the water temperature but, in general, checking the temperature with your hand is enough.
The most important thing is to make your home as safe as possible, which sometimes means ‘sacrificing’ your old décor and trying out something new. On the other hand, if you start on time and look for inspiration in many places, you will be able to decorate your home the way you like without fear that your baby won’t be safe.