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How to prepare the house for the incoming baby

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  • November 25, 2020
  • MKB Team

How to get ready for a baby, Making room for baby in a small house.


Are you excited and nervous about the bundle of joy that will be joining you soon? This article will help you prepare your house for the incoming baby! Read on to find out more about how to get ready for a new baby!

 

How to prepare the house for the incoming baby 

Make room for baby! Clear out all the rooms of the house from unwanted stuff and clean them thoroughly. It might be an overwhelming task initially, but following some of these easy decluttering tips will only make your life easier and get the job done as well.

  1. 1.  Make a quick timeline for when you’ll clean the room to make your baby’s nursery. It’s advisable that you do this in the early stages of your pregnancy. Set a deadline for completing this in a day or two and do not keep this for later.

  2. 2.  Use the Three-Box Method- The three-box method is a simple sorting system where you begin the project with three storage bins or boxes. In case you are getting rid of bigger items like heavy furniture then set aside a larger area. At first, label the bins, boxes and areas as ‘Keep,’ ‘Dispose Of’ and ‘Store’ with a marker and masking tape. Then organize your possessions according to each category to make life simpler.  

  3. 3.  Once the items are marked and cleared off, clean each room thoroughly. Ensure that you use cleaning products that are gentle and natural as the harsh chemicals in some household cleaners may be harmful for baby. 

How to get ready for a baby 

The first thing that you have to do when you make room for baby is decide where you’ll have a room for the nursery. If you have a spare room in the house which could be used as one, think about which items you’ll be placing in that room and how much space they’ll occupy. Keep in mind that the nursery room has to also be in close proximity to your room, especially if your little one has trouble sleeping through the night. 

In the event that you do not have a spare room to convert into a nursery or do not want to have a nursery separately or you have to make room for baby in a small house or a one-room apartment, you have to set up space for baby in your bedroom where the nursery has to be recreated. When you do this, ensure that you follow the best hygiene and safety practices by keeping your baby’s crib away from the windows, electrical cords and heavy shelving units or wall decorations. Another important thing to do is determine how much space your baby’s furniture will take up. This will help you plan better in terms of storage space.  

 

Making room for baby in a small house

How to organize room for baby is important and organizing baby room with a limited space is a challenge. Even if you decide to have a dedicated nursery room, you must still make space for the baby’s crib in your own room. It is recommended that babies share a bedroom with parents for at least the first six months for safety reasons. 

Storage solution essentials have to be purchased like baskets, bins and containers to store baby clothes, toys and other baby essentials. Look for what is already there to be used before purchasing new stuff. As long as it is clean and sturdy, there’s no harm in using old stuff. It is recommended to buy shelving units and installing them at different heights on the wall. The vertical space on your wall is a good idea to do this. This will help you to stack and organize toys and supplies out of the reach of your baby, especially those that could be choking hazards.

 

Organising tips for baby room 

Here are a few must-haves for your baby’s nursery that you should purchase. 

  • Cradle, crib, bassinet, or Pack ’n Play
  • Dresser or clothing bins
  • Rocking chair or glider
  • Toy bins
  • Diaper changing table
  • Laundry hamper
  • Invest in a 3-in-1 crib as it’s the best furniture for your baby if you’re on a budget. This can be converted into a toddler’s bed and a daybed at a later stage when your baby becomes a toddler.  
  • In the baby drawer, use drawer dividers to segregate baby clothing by type. This will help access baby socks or anything else when you need them easily and organizing your baby’s stuff into various compartments only makes life easier for you. 
  • Use hanging storage shelves in the closet as it maximizes storage space and you can rearrange the shelves to suit your needs. 
Fight dust
 

An organized home can become a nightmare when invaded by dust. So, you need to manage and remove the daily dirt regularly. Get rid of paper towels, replacing them with microfiber cleaning cloths, which are reusable, amazingly absorbent, and easy to dry.

Did you enjoy reading this article? Have some tips on how to get ready for a new baby or organizing baby room with a limited space? Write to us as we’d love to hear from you!

 

Some frequently asked questions have been answered below for you!

You ask and we answer!

Q. 1  When should you start preparing for a baby house? (Jessica Menezes, Banglaore.)

It’s best to start these home projects earlier, since your nesting instincts only become the strongest during your third trimester. As far as decluttering goes, it’s recommended that you go through your house and weed out whatever you don't need during the first or second trimester of your pregnancy.

Q. 2 How should I clean my house before my baby comes? (Akriti Jha, Patna.)

You'll want to take the time to thoroughly deep clean your carpet before baby arrives. Experts recommend skipping the shampoo and other chemicals, and opting for water extraction or steam cleaning. You can either do this yourself by renting a machine or hire professionals to do it for you.

 

 

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