Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it’s full of anticipation. It’s completely normal to feel anxious about what’s to come, however there are things you can do to help you stay in control. Planning and prepping is crucial, that way you feel as ready as you ever will and everything is ready for your baby. Here’s how you can prepare you home!
Clean and Declutter
One of the best things you can do to prepare your home for your little one is to clean and declutter. While small, babies need a LOT of stuff- getting rid of things you no longer need and use to make way for the new is always a good thing. Go through each room, removing items from wardrobes, drawers, cupboards, under the bed and everywhere else, throwing things away that you no longer need, or donating/ giving them to friends if they’re still in good condition. Your life changes drastically when you have a baby, it’s not to say you have to give up who you once were but there might be certain things in the home that you’re just not going to have use for again (or at least for a long time). Have a good clear out, you’ll feel much better for it. Your nesting instincts will probably lead you to deep clean the home which is another thing well worth doing. You’ll want everywhere in order and free of germs for your delicate new baby.
Get The Nursery Finished
Chances are you’ve been working on the nursery throughout your pregnancy, but you might have held off buying some items. If your due date is approaching, it’s time to make a list and purchase the rest of the things you need. Hold off until you have your baby shower though, friends and family will be keen to buy you gifts and you don’t want to end up with doubles of things! If you’ve waited until the last minute to start the nursery this can be a big expense, one option would be to take out a personal bank loan so you can pay for everything in one go. That way you can make affordable monthly payments to pay it back, and have everything you need before they arrive.
Prep Some Meals
The first few weeks of having a newborn is hectic. All of your time will be devoted to caring for them and getting in some sleep for yourself, the last thing you will want to do is stand around slaving over a hot stove. While you still have time on your hands, why not batch cook a selection of your favourite healthy meals and freeze them in individual portions? That way you still get great home cooking and aren’t relying on unhealthy and expensive convenience foods. Pinterest and Youtube have tons of ideas for which recipes work best for this.
Consider Hiring Some Help
Again, cleaning and tidying aren’t going to be something you’ll be wanting to do in the early days when you’re exhausted- but keeping a clean home is vital. How about researching some cleaning companies, ironing services, pet sitters and other types of help for the home and seeing if any would suit your situation? Anything that makes life easier when you have a brand new baby at home!
* This is a collaborative post.