How to prepare your home for a new baby

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to do to prepare for your new baby while you’re expecting. You may not know where to begin with hundreds of medical appointments, birthing planning, lifestyle changes, and more.

Many individuals are unsure where to begin when it comes to preparing for a new baby. The good news is that this state of bewilderment is perfectly natural and that everyone goes through it while pondering how to prepare for a new bundle of joy. Use this method to get the job done, whether your deadline is coming or you just want to get your house in better order.

Decide on a Room for the Nursery

Choosing a location for your baby’s nursery is the first item on your pregnancy and nesting to-do list. Consider the objects you’ll be putting in it and how much space they’ll take up if you have more than one room in your house that might be used for a nursery. The proximity of the room to yours is another thing to consider, especially if your child has difficulties sleeping through the night.

Set up baby space in your bedroom

If you don’t have a spare room, the nursery will most likely be set up in your main bedroom. Keep your baby’s cot away from windows, electrical wires, and any heavy shelving units or wall décor while rearranging your bedroom to create a place for your new baby. Consider how much room your baby’s furniture will take up.

Clear and clean the rooms

First, develop a rough schedule for cleaning out the room for your baby’s nursery. We recommend taking care of this as soon as possible throughout your pregnancy. Allow yourself a day to a day and a half to do this task.

Purchase storage and storage for your baby

While you most likely have your list of furniture items in mind, here are a few must-haves for your baby’s nursery:

  • a cradle, a bed, a bassinet, or something else Clothing boxes or a Pack ‘n Play Dresser
  • Glider or rocking chair
  • Bins for toys
  • Luminescence
  • Table for changing diapers
  • a laundry basket

Get shelves

Consider purchasing storage units and mounting them on the wall above your changing room at various heights. They can simply assist you in keeping toys and supplies out of your baby’s reach.

Organize the baby room

When it comes to setting up the nursery for your newborn, the first important consideration should be safety. Take the following two precautions:

  • Place your changing table next to where your baby sleeps.
  • Toys should be kept away from the baby’s sleeping area since they might cause choking.

Because your baby’s belongings can quickly accumulate, organization is also essential. Follow these basic principles to keep your nursery orderly and keep the mayhem away.

Make Room in Other Rooms for the Baby

Apart from the nursery and master bedroom, you’ll want to clean the rest of the house before your baby arrives to ensure that there’s enough room for your little one in other locations. Make sure to provide enough space for the following:

Living room: Playpens, bouncy chairs, toys, and devices such as kids’ DVDs or iPads are all available in the living/family room.

Kitchen: Bottles, glasses, plates, silverware, bibs, high chairs, and food in the kitchen. You need a place for all your ingredients to bake delicious blender muffins for your baby.

Closet: Strollers and diaper bags are stored in closets.

Bathroom: Toys, toothbrushes, combs, shampoo, conditioner, medicine, and lotion in the bathroom.

Replace your window air conditioner or change your central air filters regularly:

If your window-mounted air conditioner is more than three years old, take a flashlight and look inside the vent and housing; you’ll almost certainly see the mold that has advanced. Older air conditioners release a large number of mold spores, which pollute bedrooms and cause a variety of ailments.

Change the air filters and schedule a complete cleaning of the HVAC equipment, or get new HVAC supplies if you have central air conditioning or heating. To avoid the spread of disease, replace outdated and compromised units.

Filter your water for healthy drinking

You should always prepare beforehand for what is about to come next after your baby is born. Once the baby grows up a bit you will start to give them water, but you have to make sure that tap water is healthy and clean. To make sure that the water is pure and nutritious you can use adequate water filters and ensure a healthy lifestyle for your baby.


Congratulations, you have a baby on the way! You’ve probably already thought about the big stuff: diapers, car seats, strollers. But what else should you do to get your home ready for your baby? The list above is a good consideration to prepare your home before you bring your little one home.

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