If your due date is close and you are eagerly waiting to start your new life with your baby, this article is for you. Parenting is going to be fun, but before you embark on this exciting journey, you need to ask one question to yourself: Are you ready for it? Being ready does not just mean mental readiness but also basic preparations.
- Run a ‘safety exam’ of your house
You might feel that you have all the time in the world before your baby learns to crawl into your kitchen or opens cabinets containing medicines. But, ask any parent and they tell you how time flies for new parents. Babies learn to crawl and grab things practically overnight. So, it is better to prepare now. You have to store all medicines, cleaning products, fragile items, and toxic chemicals out of sight and reach of children.
- Target the dirtiest areas
You also need to dedicate one day to cleaning the areas that contain maximum germs. Such zones include kitchen sinks, stove knobs, dish rags, refrigerator handles, toothbrush holders, cutting boards, light switches, and every corner of your bathroom. Also, keep sanitizing wipes near those hotspots so that you can clean them on a daily basis once the baby arrives. As little babies do not have a strong immune system, they are more prone to catching infections from germs.
- Preparations for visitors
If you have completely forgotten that everyone is going to visit you to see your baby, we are here to remind you. When all your overnight guests and relatives come to see the mother and the baby, will it not be hectic for you to search for towels or sheets? Also, it will be more problematic if you run out of something. So, make a list of things you have to stock up such as toothpaste, toilet paper, pillows, bed sheets, toothbrushes to avoid last-minute tensions.
- Make space in your fridge
So long it has been just you and your partner. With one additional member, you’ll also have to make space in your fridge to store his liquid diets, formulae, and also sweets and delicious foods that your guests will bring you.
- Re-imagine the kitchen space
You’ll be confused where to keep all your baby’s bottles, food-maker and several other things if you leave it for the last minute. So, utilize your time now and clean out at least one drawer in your kitchen to stack up your baby’s daily use stuff like sippy cups, bowls, spoons, feeding bottles etc.
- Shop for baby products
Go shopping for baby clothes, towels, soap, shampoo, oil, lotion and other baby care products. You can take help of your doctor to know which products would be good for your baby.
Once you become parents you’ll not have time to look after the above-mentioned little details. Get these things done now so that you can give all your time and attention to your little one after the delivery.