Preparing your home before your baby is due is an extremely exciting process! You’ll spend many hours online searching the web for baby clothes and visiting countless shops for prams and cots. You’ll never get bored, however, the costs will soon add up - which is why we would advise creating a spreadsheet of all the things you anticipate spending on.
There are so many things to think about before your baby arrives and if it’s your first, this can be a scary process but know everything will be alright. Many babies are born every hour of every day so you are not alone in the process. To help make the process that little easier for you, we have put together our guide on preparing your home before your baby is born. From researching cots to nursery wallpaper and considering companies like www.childbirthinjuries.com if required, below are our tips.
Choosing a pram
One of the biggest purchases that you are going to make is to buy a pram. When you start looking, you’ll see a whole plethora of options to choose from, all ranging in price. We would advise you to pop into a shop and ask the sales assistant to go through the options. Things to consider are whether you would like a city pram or an all-terrain pram. Price can have a big factor so make sure you set out a budget before visiting the shops as it can be easy to get sucked into buying one. You may not have thought this, but some prams can take a few weeks to be delivered so make sure you start looking well in advance. A lot of places suggest having it delivered around a month before your baby is due that way it is there and ready to go once your little one arrives.
Choosing a baby monitor
Would you like a baby monitor or are you going to go without it? We would advise having one but make sure you do your research before choosing one. Just like your pram, there are many different baby monitors on the market, all with their own offerings. Some will have fancy features that you may not require like a breathing monitor or motion sensor whilst others will simply show you a live feed and tell you when your baby is making a noise. Your budget will decide on how many features your baby monitor comes with as the more expensive ones are the ones that come with all the bells and whistles - that said these aren’t necessarily needed and the more affordable ones will do the trick.
Decorating your nursery
Starting to decorate your nursery is another really fun part of being pregnant. You get to go out to different interior design shops and choose a variety of paints or wallpapers to put up in the room. Once you know the color scheme you are going to go for, you can start to think about matching it to your cot and any other accessories that you are going to have in the room. If you haven’t decorated a nursery before and are stuck on inspiration, Pinterest and Instagram are great places to look. Search for different nursery hashtags and see how others have decorated their nursery. It may be that they can give you advice on different furniture items that you can add to the room.
Nursery Accessories are a must when preparing your home before your baby is born. In the world of nursery accessories, you can easily get lost as there are so many different types for you to choose from. You’ll want a baby play mat as well as a rocking chair which will help you when you are breastfeeding. A set of draws for your baby items is a must and a baby bookshelf could be worth considering - they look cute and are perfect for storage.
We hope the above four tips help you with your preparation for your baby. With a little research, you’ll find plenty more tips that will help you get as prepared as possible before your little one arrives - you may have to pick a new car if you haven’t got one. Try not to feel overwhelmed, it’s an exciting process and speak to any family or friends who have had children if you ever need some support.
What tips do you have for preparing your home before the baby is born? Which of the above tips did you find most useful? Is there anything you would like to add? Let us know in the comment box below.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.