mother_kissing_baby_193793Bringing home a new baby is a monumental occasion. However, if your home isn’t prepared for the arrival of a newborn, this challenging situation can become even more stressful. By taking steps to prepare your house or apartment before your baby arrives, his welcome home will go off without a hitch.

Organize Baby’s Room

Preparing your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting things that parents can do while waiting for their little one to arrive. There are some essential furniture pieces that you’ll need, such as a crib, dresser, changing table, and a rocker. Don’t overcrowd the room, as too much stuff could be a safety hazard. Make sure that you organize all of your baby’s items in a convenient location, as you won’t want to search for wipes while you are in the middle of changing a dirty diaper.

Prepare for Guests

After your new baby arrives, you will likely have out of town guests who want to come and meet the new addition. In many cases, you may welcome the help, as sleep deprivation and adjusting to a new routine with your little one can be challenging. Prepare for guests by making sleeping arrangement ahead of time, and consult with a sofa bed repair professional if your pull-out couch could use some work.

Baby-Proof Your House

When it was just you and your spouse living at home, you didn’t have to worry about leaving dangerous items around, electrical outlets that were left uncovered, and sharp corners on furniture. With your new baby, all of these issues can be hazardous, so it is important to make your home child-friendly before his arrival. If you need assistance with moving larger items like sofas, tables, or pool tables NYC professionals are available to help.

Prepare Your Pets

Before you became parents, your pets likely served as your pseudo-children, so bringing in a new baby will affect their lives, too. Pet experts suggest introducing a baby doll to dogs and cats a few weeks before the baby is born so that they get used to seeing you holding a baby. Once the baby is born, and before you bring him home from the hospital, introduce your baby’s scent to your pets by bringing home a hat or blanket that your baby has used. Introduce your baby to your pets gradually, and never leave a new baby unattended with a pet, no matter how trustworthy your animal is.

Make Meals Ahead of Time

You won’t realize how much time and energy your new baby requires until he is in your home. Many parents have difficulty finding any time to do housework and other chores while they are adjusting to their new baby and his schedule. To prepare for this, some parents make meals ahead of time and freeze them. By preparing meals several weeks in advance, you can eat a healthy, well-balanced dinner with minimal time and effort.