Mommy Katie: Getting Ready for Your New Arrival (Guest Post)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Getting Ready for Your New Arrival (Guest Post)

Preparing for a new baby, whether you’re a first-time mom or a veteran with several kids, can be a daunting task. But, trust me, getting started sooner rather than later will make post-birth that little bit less stressful. If you’re bringing the little one back from the hospital or even if you’re giving birth at home, one of the first things you’ll want to ensure is that there is a relaxing, comfortable environment for your baby. A lot of families will choose to turn a room into a nursery, so here our tips for making it a homely place for you and your baby.

The Cot

During the first few weeks, it might not be necessary to have a full-blown cot for your baby as a cradle or bassinet will probably suffice. But as they quickly grow and start moving you’ll need something bigger and more secure. If you’re going to buy a second-hand cot, try to make sure it adheres to safety regulations and get a new, firm, waterproof mattress for all those little accidents. Remember that pillows and duvets are not safe for babies under a year old because of the risk of suffocation and to buy several changes of sheets as they will need changing very often.
Cots at http://www.Littlewoods is a good place to get nursery ideas.

Feeling At Home

So the sleeping arrangements are all worked out, but what about making the place look more baby-friendly? Remember that your baby has been used to the dark of the womb for months so investing in some black-out shades for the nursery is a great idea, as is a more familiar and comfortable. Be sure to get a sturdy rocking chair for you to relax the baby on during those many sleepless nights. Make things convenient by getting a baby changing table in the bedroom, as once they become more mobile, things are going to get more difficult. And, for all the laundry and nappy mess, consider a laundry basket and a nappy bin. You can shop the perfect Nursery Furniture here.


Undoubtedly your baby will quickly build up an impressive collection of toys that will somehow get everywhere, especially under your feet, leading to outbursts of cursing. It’s best to get a chest or a few baskets to put them in. Same goes for clothes: your baby has probably acquired a well-stocked wardrobe so a dresser with some drawer organisers will help keep the task of getting them dressed that much simpler. A mobile is another great investment for a young baby and a great distraction come night time – just be sure it’s well out of reach.

Outside the home

Depending on the kind of parent you are and what your needs are, you might opt for different solutions for getting out and about with a new baby. If you plan to drive anywhere with the baby, they’ll legally need to be in a car seat which has been fitted correctly. For walking around, either a pram or a baby carrier will be adequate to keep your baby safe and comfortable. Make sure a pram is lightweight, with good brakes, and can be folded or dismantled easily to fit into car if necessary.


rosie said...

This will be a second baby due in a couple weeks and even though I am a vetern at this it feels like the first time again I feel like i'm not ready yet for her to come out yet like there so many things I still need to do before she comes.

Sherry Compton said...

So important to try to be prepared. You will never have things 100% ready, but it is important to plan and start getting ready as soon as possible. There are tons of items out there - it is good to research and talk with others on what they liked/used. Read up on baby-proofing, essentials needed, and safety issues. Remember no one - or home - is perfect...just fill it with love.

ashley brigman said...

Such a great post. I have four and still learn new ideas everyday!

bunnyswagg said...

Wonderful tips. Baby #4 is coming at the end of the month or early September and I feel so ready to have her at home already. We always use a small bassinet for the first weeks and then bring out the big crib later because it's just easier for me.