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3 Ways to Prepare your Home for a New Baby

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Expecting an addition to your family is always an exciting time filled with thoughtful gifts, loved ones always at your side, and the anticipation that a newborn will arrive anytime now. Many new parents become nervous during the last few weeks of pregnancy, and they may worry that they won’t be ready when the baby comes. However, you can find ways to prepare your home for your new baby.

Make Safety a Priority

Households that have never had a baby normally contain many hazards for little ones. Sharp corners, exposed wiring, open staircases, and exposed swimming pools are among a few of them. If you want to make sure your baby is living in the safest environment, you can take certain precautions.

Baby-proofing sharp corners, toilet seats, and outlets are all common measures new parents take. But what about faulty wiring? Wiring isn’t something everyone thinks about, but faulty wiring can be extremely dangerous. Luckily, securing wiring with ground fault circuit interrupters is an easy fix. A staircase and home pool are also major hazards. You’ll want to place a gate at both the top and bottom of the staircase to prevent falls and dangerous climbing efforts. Securing your pool with a locking gate is another important precaution you’ll need to make. 

Promote Healthy Eating Habits From the Beginning

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Cooking family meals each night might become more difficult once your baby arrives. Here’s a solution: Pick a day of the week to prepare all meals, freeze them, and defrost them throughout the week. This planning will ensure the health of your existing family members, and your baby will grow up witnessing healthy eating habits. 

You can also create wholesome meals for your little one. Choose a nutritious food such as avocado or sweet potato, and with the help of your home appliances, you can puree weeks worth of food for your baby. Introducing these natural and healthy foods to your newborn will help your baby to develop these eating habits early so that your newborn won’t be turned off by certain foods later in life.

Check New Baby Necessities 

You’ve baby-proofed your house and figured out a meal plan. Now you’ll need some absolute must-have baby products and prevention tips to be fully prepared. Consider purchasing a portable high chair for convenience and a baby monitor if you plan to let your infant sleep in a separate room. If you’ve purchased a crib, be sure to always keep it neat and free of clutter. Cribs with too many pillows and blankets can leave the baby with little room to move and can cause suffocation. With each new product you buy, be sure to ask about proper maintenance to ensure safety. 

As you begin your new journey into parenthood, be sure to enjoy every precious moment you’ll spend with your newborn. Preparing yourself and your home is important in helping your baby live a happy and healthy life. With the three ways outlined above, you can have the peace of mind to prepare you for the journey ahead. 

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About Jenna Goodwin

Jenna Goodwin, Central Iowa Mom Blogger, is the mom of four, including identical twin boys. Jenna writes about life as a mom of multiples, living with fibromyalgia, and the latest must-have products for your entire family. Named Ames’ Number One Twitterer by Iowa State Daily, Jenna stays active within the online social community and enjoys sharing her experiences as a parent as well as great finds to help the entire family.

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