When you are expecting your first child, preparing your home for their arrival can feel like an overwhelming task. Chances are, in your life as a childless adult you gave little thought to anchoring your bookshelves to the wall or locking up cleaning supplies. Now, with a baby on the way, you have to safeproof just about every corner of your house.
Many baby stores offer a comprehensive checklist of must-have items for baby proofing your home. From cabinet locks to outlet covers, it is nearly impossible to build your baby must have list without adding these items. Still, many parents find there is more to consider than the few items on their list. Here are a few more ideas to consider before bringing home baby.
So many parents give plenty of thought to keeping their new baby safe but forget to consider their own comfort and convenience. Set up your home in a way that allows you to easily care for your baby during those exhausting, early months of their life. We suggest creating a small nappy changing station in areas of your home that receive traffic in your home, like the family room. A small cabinet stocked with a few nappies, wipes, and nappy cream with keep everything you need handy and the Korbell nappy disposal system can keep the smell of dirty nappies at bay.
If you are a breastfeeding mum, consider keeping water bottles and snacks handy in the nursery so you can care for yourself while you feed your baby.
When you’re navigating your home in the middle of the night to feed and change your newborn, it is easiest to keep everything you need on hand. Many parents find that keeping everything in one place makes it easier to find the items they need the most when they are fighting exhaustion. If you are bottle feeding, create one organised cabinet for formula, bottles, and muslins using colour bins and baskets. If you are breastfeeding, keep a small basket of muslins and nipple cream in the same location where you nurse each night.
As your baby grows into a toddler, their needs and abilities will change. Before they start moving, little thought may be given to the stairs in your home. Once they are rolling, and crawling, you will want to secure your stairs to prevent a tumble. Standard baby gates aren’t always the best fit for awkward stairways or large openings, but the KiddyGuard roller blind gate can be adjusted to fit most spaces. Disappearing when not in use and with no bar to trip over, the KiddyGuard is an easy to fit retractable stair guard and doorway barrier. There are three luxury models to choose from; the KiddyGuard Assure and KiddyGuard Accent (both fit up to 100cm spaces); or the extra-wide KiddyGuard Avant (up to 120cm).
Another safety concern to consider as they grow older is how they’ll be tugging at whatever’s in reach as they learn to pull up. All items should be anchored tightly to the wall, including television sets, bookcases, and dressers.
When it comes to preparing your home for a new baby, we at Modernize believe the most important thing to remember is to do whatever works for you. Once you have secured dangerous items, you should feel free to adapt and change your home to suit your needs. Some parents find they thrive when they keep a bassinet in their own room to keep baby nearby, while others prefer their baby sleep in a crib from day one. No matter what you choose, feel confident that you are capable of creating a safe and loving home for your brand-new baby.