It's nesting time! Is your home baby-ready? Here are a few tips on preparing your home for your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.
Get your house spick and span!
Take advantage of your nesting instinct and get that house as clean as you can. Get help with the heavy work. This may be your last chance to clean for a while.
Set up a place for the baby to sleep.
Whether it's a crib in the nursery or a bassinet in your room, make sure the baby will have a safe place to sleep. And check to be sure your baby's crib or cradle meets Canadian safety regulations (this is especially important for hand-me-downs). See http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/_indust/indust-eng.php to learn more.
Make sure you have enough baby supplies.
The basics you'll need are:
In addition to the basics, you may want to buy other products, such as a nursing chair with a footstool, nursery decorations, "crib gyms" or mobiles, baby swings or "bouncy chairs," and baby activity mats. Don't forget to assemble any "some assembly required" items so you're not fumbling with that baby swing at 2 am.
Stock up on plenty of food and household supplies.
Ask yourself: what would you hate to run out of? Think frozen dinners, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, soap, tissues, maxi pads, books or movies, and clean clothes (do as much of your laundry as possible before the birth).
Set up a comfy place to spend time with your baby.
If you spend all day in your baby's room, you'll both go stir crazy. Set up another "outpost" elsewhere in your house. Make sure it has a comfortable chair for nursing, a baby swing, a bassinet or play mat, a couple of warm blankets, as well as some books, magazines, or music for you.
Once your home is baby-ready, don't forget to arrange childcare for your other children and ask someone to look in on your house, feed your cat, and walk your dog while you're having the baby.
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