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How to ready your home for baby
The months before a new Baby arrives are both exciting and terrifying.
You’ll want to get organized before the little one arrives and starts wreaking havoc on your sleep schedule. But where to begin exactly? There’s so much to do to prepare.
We turned to a few experts to find out how you should take advantage of those random bursts of energy you feel before the delivery. As you prepare your home for a new baby, here are eight nesting tips to help you along the way.
1. Create space
Let’s face it: Your entire home is about to become overrun with little toys, blankets, bottles and baby gadgets. Free up a little extra room by stashing some of your belongings in storage for a while. Don’t get rid of all those items you love so much, just call on Closetbox to pick them up and transport them to a private vault during these first few chaotic months with baby. When you’re ready, Closetbox will bring your belongings back.
When your baby has outgrown all of his toys and clothes, Closetbox can put those into storage, too. They’ll return them as soon as you’re expecting baby No. 2!
2. Freeze it
Your freezer will be your best friend in the weeks after Baby Arrives. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a deep freezer if you don’t already have one.
Before your bundle of joy decides to make an appearance, spend a Sunday afternoon preparing freezable comfort foods such as lasagna and chili. Store them in the freezer to reheat when you don’t have time to cook.
“Having food ready is a lifesaver,” says Chaya Kasse Valier, a doula and the author of “Second Labor: Mothers Share Post-Birth Stories.”
3. Let it go
Your house may be nice and tidy now, but as soon as the baby arrives, it will probably be a mess — and that’s OK, says Elly Taylor, author of “Becoming Us: 8 Steps To Grow a Family That Thrives.”
“Choose one room, the one you will spend the most time in, to keep tidy,” she says. “Be prepared to let the rest go. Time nesting, resting and bonding with your baby are the most important things. You have the rest of your life to have a tidy house.”
4. Get low
Your baby won’t learn to crawl right away. But when he does, he’ll be looking for lots of things to grab (or eat!) that are on his level.
Plus, before they’re mobile, babies spend a lot of time lying on the floor.
Don’t forget to clean and prepare everything near the ground. Deep clean your carpets, buy and install covers for your electrical outlets and check under the couch for any miscellaneous objects.
5. Tackle complicated chores
We’ve all got chores that we dread doing — cleaning out the gutters, changing the furnace filter, lubricating the garage door, etc.
But now is not the time to procrastinate. Get ahead while you can and tackle those complex tasks before baby arrives. When she does, your motivation to do anything besides eat, sleep and survive will go out the window.
6. Less is more
Your inclination might be to stock up on dozens of baby toys, gadgets and furniture. But take a step back and think about what you and your baby will really need.
“Have a few small pieces, but focus on the necessities,” says Teris Pantazes, a father to three little girls and the co-founder of EFynch, a homebuyer and handyman community. “The toys that we have for newborns are abundant and just add clutter.”
The last thing you’ll want to do after the baby is born is run to the store.
In the last week or so before she arrives, be sure to stock the pantry, the fridge and the bathroom, suggests Tangela Walker-Craft, a mom and the brains behind the Simply Necessary Inc. blog.
And don’t forget to stock up on items that mom will need, too, such as ice packs, comfy clothes and pain relievers.
8. Prepare your finances
Yes, it’s boring, but once the baby gets here, you just won’t have time to get your finances in order.
Take moment to get organized by tackling your list of money-related tasks. Create a household budget that includes your anticipated expenses for after the baby arrives. Call your insurance provider to get an estimate of your delivery costs. Check in at work and make a plan for your maternity leave.
8 handy tips for the nesting mommy