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in this next installment of the prepare for baby challenge we’re talking about prepping the home!!
In this article you’ll find tips on how to prepare everything in your home for the arrival of your little one :D
We’ll walk through some cute and fun and more practical stuff to do to prepare for baby’s arrival around the house.
For related reading see: 15 MOMS DISH: THEIR #1 PREPARE FOR BABY TIP
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Before the arrival of baby, you’ll want to prepare some frozen meals for yourself and your family.
Momma’s gonna be a little out of commission after the birth, and dad will probably be busy taking care of momma and baby.
So to avoid the pitfall of ordering in every night once baby is born, make some meals ahead.
This is one of my favorite bloggers for meal prep (Gessell at Whole Foods Momma), she suggests making some high-fiber smoothies ahead as well, to help ahem* move things along! And for a little boost of energy.
2. Consider Food Delivery
Before the birth of baby, you should consider some options as far as delivering groceries.
Amazon has an amazing delivery service for fresh and pantry food called Prime Pantry or Amazon Fresh.
Another great idea is to join a subscription for meals delivered to your house, that you can make yourself. They usually come with some instructions and all of the ingredients you’ll need.
It’s not the most cost-effective way, but in case you’re reading this while you’re already 39 weeks pregnant, it could be a cheaper way than ordering in all the time!
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step-by-step instructions to help you prepare absolutely everything for the arrival of your little kicker :D
3. Stock up on home essentials
Before baby arrives it’s a good idea to head over to the store and stock up on some essentials…rather than having to do a lot of shopping during those first few weeks.
Some essential items could be:
Make a list of some essential items you and your family use on a daily basis and keep an eye out for good deals. If you’re early on in your pregnancy, it’s not too early to start stocking up on non-perishable items.
If you see a deal, grab it! Even if you’re only 3 months pregnant.
4. Deep Clean the House
This one will probably come pretty naturally to you anyway considering the crazy amount of nesting hormones that run through our pregnant bodies…but in case you’re a little before that period here’s your reminder!
Some things to think about when deep cleaning the house are:
Deep clean carpets & rugs & floors. Babies spend a lot more time on the floor than the average person, usually during tummy time, and especially when they start to learn to crawl. It’s worth it to get your carpets cleaned, and wash and air out your rugs. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
Organizing & Decluttering. This will come naturally to you, but even if you’re earlier on in your pregnancy, maybe before those nesting hormones really kick in, it’s 100% worth it to start this process early! You’ll have more energy than you do in the last trimester, and you’ll be able to actually do more!
Clean out air filters & vents. This is probably not on the top of your list but it’s a great time to think about the air filters in your various appliances and/or in your central heating and cooling system. As well as taking a look at your vents and giving a little sprucing up!
5. set up extra help
You’ll probably need help with the cooking, cleaning, pet care and child care duties after the baby is born! Just above I’ve linked Amazon’s home services but otherwise you can ask for help from family members, or hire out work like cleaning & pet care!
Even just someone to come over and wash up the kitchen will make you feel 100% better, and it’s worth the little bit of money it costs for some peace of mind and a little extra time with your newborn.
My hubby and I will also be hiring out dog walking, because we have very high-energy dogs and we know we won’t be 100% available for them, + it’s important that they have an outlet for their energy during the transition time!
If you live in the UK or Europe, DogBuddy is my favorite!
When you first bring baby home, it’s not 100% necessary to have already baby-proofed your house. But here’s my take on it…if you have the time during your pregnancy you might as well do it.
You’ll want to enjoy your maternity leave the maximum possible, and you can’t do that if you’re worried about baby-proofing before you go back to work!
You can find all the info on how to baby-proof your house in this handy little printable I made on the subject!
That’s all for today folks! If you want to know more about other ways of preparing the house like setting up the nursery & changing stations make sure you join the prepare for baby challenge…you’ll get all the info sent in a neat little package directly to your email….SIGN UP BELOW!
Tell us in the comments sections below…what’s on your list for preparing your house? Anything I missed?