If you are expecting your first baby, you may be feeling a bit nervous and uncertain about what is to come. While this is an exciting time in anyone’s life, it can also be very overwhelming as well. It can seem like you have a never-ending list of things to consider and plan. From furniture and bedding to toys and first-time newborn clothes, the list goes on! Fear not though, as we have composed a list of useful tips and tricks for new mums to help them prepare their homes for the arrival of their little ones.
Give Your House A ‘Safety’ Exam
There is only one place to begin when it comes to getting your property ready for your new baby, and this is by assessing the safety of your property. After all, you need to make sure that it is ready for a child. You may think that your baby won’t be able to access a cabinet full of open chemicals but you would be surprised! It really is not worth the risk. Prepare now and not when you are sleep deprived once the baby arrives. Make sure that all medication and cleaning products are stored out of reach and out of sight. It is always wise to make the most of securely locked cabinets. On cabinets that are not out of reach, magnetic locks work well. They are easy to install and they don’t pinch your fingers.
Getting Your Laundry Ready
You also need to consider your laundry room and procedure before your baby comes home. Doing laundry ahead of time is important. Get rid of any labels or tags that you feel could irritate your baby’s skin. If you are looking for the best first time newborn clothes, our merino wool range is hypo-allergenic and safe on sensitive skin. Make sure you also choose a detergent that does not include any perfumes or dyes. You also need to make sure that you are prepared for the endless stains that are going to come your way. In fact, when your baby arrives, you are going to be wondering why you bother to dress him or her at all! An enzymatic stain cleaner is best for treating urine, poop, baby food, formula, and spit-up. This is formulated to break down soil and stain molecules. It is best to use it on the fabric as soon as you can.
Target The Red Zones
You may think that the germiest areas in your kitchen are going to be the doorknobs and light switches but this is not the case. The worst areas tend to be the likes of toothbrush holders, cutting boards, refrigerator handles, countertops, faucet handles, sponges, stove knobs, dish rags, and kitchen sinks. You need to make sure you give everything the once-over. Stash sanitizing wipes next to these hot spots so that you can make sure they are wiped down on a frequent basis.
Trends & Tips When Creating A Bedroom For Your Child
When you are young there is so much excitement to be found in everything. A children’s bedroom is a place to explore a child’s personality and bring as much fun as possible to their very own little place. Whether it is filled with teddy bears, Barbie dolls, action men or toy cars, one thing is for certain; it has the potential to be your little loved one’s paradise.
Nowadays, with innovative creations and a constant update in trends, you can bring an element of fun to every single aspect of a child’s room. Of course, the main component of any bedroom is furniture. There are so many exciting and intriguing pieces of furniture catered to children nowadays. The bed, for example, is the main furniture piece of any bedroom and it is the first thing anyone notices when entering the room. Because of this, it has the ability to completely dictate the vibe and the feel of the room.
One of the most popular types of beds amongst children is bunk beds. This type of bed has been popular for a long time now and provides a safe option if you are unsure what to go for. There are an array of different types and designs of bunk beds. Of course, you can go for the traditional type; a bed on the top and the bottom. This is ideal if you have two children and they are sharing a room, or if your child has friends stopping over on a regular basis. Nevertheless, you can also get bunk beds with desks underneath as well as other features. The options are quite simply endless.
In addition to children’s bunk beds, you also have novelty beds, also known as themed beds, which are becoming exceedingly popular at present. These sorts of beds are perfect for displaying fun and personality. One of the most popular types of novelty beds amongst boys is the race car bed. By buying your child this type of bed you make bedtime more appealing, and consequently, it can actually help your child to sleep better – which is always a bonus. By teaming a fun bed with soft bedding like the luxurious merino blankets and wraps, you have the perfect combination to help your baby or toddler get to sleep.
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