Let me clear something up pretty quickly, lest you read the title of this post and think that I’m attempting to make an announcement. I AM NOT! I have a few friends who are gearing up to have a new baby, and it got me thinking – I thought it would be a great time to revisit the basics!Four Things To Prepare Your Home For A Newborn! #newbaby Click To Tweet
Bringing a newborn baby home from the hospital is a pretty exciting, but stressful event. Especially, if this is your first baby. Lucky for you, there is tons of information online on how to prepare your home for a new baby. When it comes down to it, there’s really just four main areas you need to focus on to get your home ready and they are, diapers, clothing, nursery, and car. Let’s dive into each one.
When it comes to changing baby, there are a few things that you’ll need to prep before bringing her home. First, are the supplies. You’ll want to make sure that you have at least one box of newborn diapers, one box of size 1 diapers and a few boxes of wipes. Yes, you’re going to do some damage at Costco.
It’s important to keep in mind that your baby will grow very fast and having both size of diapers around will make it so you don’t have to stress out about running to the store. You will also go through wipes like crazy, so the more, the better.
Second, you’ll want to make sure to have a changing station setup and ready to go. A changing station will typically consist of the following:
- Changing pad – Either one that lays on top of a dresser or changing table or one that you can lay out on the floor.
- Multiple changing pad covers (they will get soiled really quick)
- Diaper rash cream
- Diaper pail
Picking out clothing for your newborn is one of the best parts of being a new mom. It’s also one of the most expensive parts as well. Babies grow fast and they need a fair amount of clothes in each stage because they will spit up and blow out quite a bit. For a newborn, you’ll need the following:
- 2-4 infant gowns
- 4-8 bodysuits or onesies
- 3-5 pants
- 4-8 undershirts
- 4-8 one piece footie pajamas
- 2-3 blanket sleepers
- 1-3 rompers or other dress up outfits
- 5-7 pairs of socks
If you’d like a more detailed list on what clothes to buy your little one, here’s a great write up on babylist.com.
Setting up a nursery can be pretty darn stressful. There are a lot of things to buy and they typically aren’t cheap. The core pieces you’ll need to worry most about are the crib, a dresser/changing table, and a rocking chair.
With the crib, you’ll obviously need a mattress and sheets. With a dresser, you’ll need the changing pad to go on top.
You’ll also want to consider getting yourself some good blackout curtains and a good monitor.
Here’s a really good post if you’re looking for ideas on how to decorate a baby nursery.
When it comes to prepping your car for a newborn, there are two main things that you’ll need. Obviously, you’ll need a car seat. Moms these days love the ones that detach and hook into a stroller.
The second thing is a good diaper bag, stocked to the brim. Some of the things you’ll need for that are a good changing pad, plenty of diapers and wipes and some extra changes of clothes. Anything else you can sneak in there is just a bonus.
If you’re interested in seeing what other accessories (not essentials) you might consider for your car, thebump.com put together this great post.
One more thing I would suggest is calling in a professional cleaning company to give your home a deep clean before baby arrives! Someone from Shoreline WA Cleaning Service (or another cleaning service in your area) can take that chore off your hands and make sure your home is spic and span – leaving all the more time for your new addition!
I hope that this post and the resources I’ve linked to have been helpful for you. Good luck with that new baby and if you have any other ideas or tips, please leave them in the comments below!
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