There are many things to consider when planning a pregnancy: economic situation, employment and, of course, the space you have at home for the arrival of a new member. You do not just need one room for a child, you also need space to store all the stuff like the stroller, changing table, clothes, toys, etc.
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Where will the baby sleep?
The first thing to decide is where your child will sleep. The first few months, it is normal to put the crib in your room to have the baby around when it cries. But as time starts passing, you will need your own space and so will your child.
Once you choose the room, prepare it for the baby’s arrival. The room of a baby should be warm and cozy. It is very important to make sure that the room is warm enough in winter and not too warm in summer. To achieve this, the windows should be double glazed so that the heat doesn’t escape. And in summer, it may be necessary to put up a curtain to avoid direct sun light.
If the floor is tiled, rugs will make it warm and prevent the child from putting bare feet on it and, moreover, it serves as decoration. However, in big cities like Sydney, rugs should be cleaned more often. That is very important, since dust and dirt can accumulate in them and cause allergies.
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It is also essential to equip the bedroom with a large closet that fits all necessary stuff, plus some low drawers that can easily be reachable, and chests or cabinets for many toys.
For a newborn, there’s no need to buy tables or chairs, although you will need them later. But for the first stage of life, while the baby still sleeps in a crib, you need enough space in the room to put the changing table, stroller, bassinet, etc. So, forget for a moment buying a lovely bed with matching side table and a study. Save that for later and keep your room free of other furniture that is not strictly necessary.
How secure is the house?
As your child begins to run around the whole house, any furniture, corner or vase present danger. With constant diaper changing and feeding, the time flies. So the sooner you baby proof your home the better.
You must pay special attention to everything nailed to the walls that’s in a child’s reach – a picture, hanging plate or mirror can cause bruises and cuts if dropped on a head. Also, beware of lamps, ceramic ornaments or ornamental elements that are on the ground.
Another potential source of danger are the outlets, which children feel hopelessly attracted to. The first thing you should do is check that the electrical installation complies with safety standards. After, you can change the plugs for those that are blocked and need exerting pressure to unlock, or cover them with shields that prevent touching.
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If your house has several floors and stairs, you must put safety barriers, both at the bottom and the top.
Be careful with windows and balconies as well. Most windows have a system of opening inaccessible for babies, so most accidents are caused by leaving them open. Railings and safety barriers are essential for high windows and balconies. Check that they are secure and that the child cannot climb or slip through them.
Cleaning products and medicines, as well as garbage bags and sharp objects should be kept out of sight of the small child. Ideally, they should be locked up, but if that’s not possible, a good solution is a cabinet blocker.
At the end, the most important thing is to relax and enjoy this joyfull period of your life, because as they say, kids grow up soo fast.
Zoe Clark is a mom of one baby girl and one miniature schnauzer. Home design is her passion, and she is always trying to use home decor for learning and playing with her daughter. You can find her blogging at Smooth decorator.