There are few things in life more life-changing, more exciting, more terrifying than knowing you are expecting a new baby. You look at the world with new eyes when you have a child. You have new responsibilities, a new set of challenges. One of the most immediate places that most parents-to-be see changes is in their home.
New parents must change their cozy little love nest to occupy another person. That means finding a new bedroom, new bed, making room at the dinner table for a high chair, and clearing out the living room to make room for a mountain of toys.
If you have a baby on the way, there are a host of things you should do to get your home all set for your impending gift. You only have 9 months to prepare – get started right away reading these 10 quick home fixes when you’re expecting.
If your baby has yet to be born, you may think it’s too early to start thinking about the time when they will be crawling and even walking around. But, please believe me when I tell you that it happens sooner than you think. Also, your life post-baby will be a lot busier and more chaotic than your pre-baby life. Better to buy and install your baby gates now when things are relatively calm. Baby gates will help keep your baby out of places that it’s not safe for him or her to go. They will help keep your little one from tumbling down the steps or from crawling up the stairs when you’re not watching. Most baby gates are very user friendly and can be installed in a little under an hour.
2.Safety Latches and Locks
Prior to having a baby, you likely never even thought about all the hazardous chemicals you have in your house. Things like floor polish, paint, and antifreeze can be deadly when they are ingested by little ones who don’t know any better. Install safety latches and locks on all your cabinets to help make sure your little one doesn’t seriously injure himself with something he has no business getting his hands on in the first place. These latches are very cheap, and snap onto your cabinet doors and drawers in no time at all.
There are quick and easy things you can do to make sure your baby doesn’t accidentally shock himself in the home. Buy covers for all unused electrical outlets in your home. You should also take care that there are no wires or cords lying about that a little one could put in his mouth. Make sure that the outlet protectors can’t be easily removed by your little ones. You should also make sure that they are big enough that a child couldn’t choke on them.
It’s very important that you take care to take safety measures in your bathroom because there are so many ways that a little one could hurt himself there. Buy locks for your toilet seats so that a curious child can’t tumble in and drown. Invest in scald protectors so that your child can’t burn himself when washing his hands in the sink or in the bathtub. Make sure to be very careful at bath time – don’t ever leave your child unattended when filling the bathtub or when they are bathing.
Put potentially dangerous kitchen tools out of the way of little hands. You should also do the same for kitchen cleaning supplies. You can also invest in knob covers that fit over oven knobs so that children can’t bother them. Another quick safety measure for kids: oven locks to help stop children from opening a hot oven door.
Take steps to make sure your child doesn’t hurt himself on the furniture in your home. If you have tall speakers or a large entertainment system, you may want to consider something smaller. If you don’t want to downgrade, move large and heavy equipment to another room in the house and make it off-limits to your future little. You can also purchase bumpers go to on sharp corners and edges so that a child won’t bump his head or hurt his eyes. You can buy anchors for large pieces of furniture to make it more difficult for a child to overturn it and injure himself.
7.Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You should already have both of these things, but if you don’t now is the perfect time to get them. These safety devices help protect you and your growing family from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, respectively. They don’t cost very much and only require you check the battery once or twice a year. Check with your local fire department – they sometimes offer them to local residents for cheap or even free.
You can make sure your little bundle of joy is safe at night by keeping your baby’s furniture away from windows and draperies. You can also keep your little one’s room safe by tucking away electrical cords so he can’t get to them. You can make sure that your baby won’t pull heavy furniture like bookshelves on top of themselves by securing them against the wall.
9.Change a Spare Room to a Playroom
With just a few fixes you can change a spare room into a playroom for you and your new little one. Just use a fresh coat of paint, add a rocking chair, a soft light and a few books and toys and you are good to go.
With the addition of a new baby comes a boatload of new stuff. Give yourselves a place to put that stuff by adding some new storage to your home. Putting in a new storage system might sound like a lot of money and effort, but it doesn’t have to be. Many systems can be assembled in about a day, and can be purchased at just about any store.
There is a lot to do to get ready for a new baby. But, once you look your little one in the eyes, all the hard work will be worth it. Get started upgrading your home today, and you can spend a lifetime there creating memories.