Guest post – Preparing your Home for a New Baby
Having a baby is one of the biggest, life-changing moments in your life and until a child comes along, you won’t realise just how much it affects you and your family dynamic. While pregnant mums should be relaxing as much as possible in the run up to her due date, there’s no reason why you can’t plan ahead and make sure your home is suitably ready for the new arrival.
While you will likely be thinking about the nursery, safety in the home and the multitude of extras that you’ll need once baby is here, there’s also other things that you can do to ensure your home is well and truly ready.
If your due date is in the autumn or winter, you may want to organise a boiler service, so that you can be sure that your boiler is in tip-top condition with little change of breakdown. A broken boiler is an inconvenience at the best of times, let alone when you have a vulnerable newborn to think about. Consider British Gas boiler insurance to help keep your heating system covered – with an extensive Homecare cover range; you can choose the best option to suit your budgeting needs.
Nesting comes naturally to most expectant mums and if you haven’t had the instinct yet, you probably will soon. Ensuring the nursery is nice, clean and fresh and finding a place for everything can help you to feel more confident about baby’s new room, while spring cleaning the rest of the home would be a good way to occupy your mind in the run up to birth. Just make sure you don’t do it all yourself if you don’t have to – it’s what your other half is for!
It’ll be a while before your newborn starts to toddle and run the risk of running head first into the corner of the coffee table, so you don’t have to worry too much about safeguarding your home just yet. Just focus on the essentials and take the rest as they come.
If you have friends and family on at you, asking what you would like as a gift, make a list of things that would be nice that they could contribute towards. There are only so many newborn clothes you’ll need and it’s better to see their money and kindness put to good use.
Most of all, relax! There’s nothing worse than running around like a headless chicken when you’re ready to burst. Take time for you when you can – it’ll be the last chance of having ‘you’ time for a while!
See more of my parenting articles here