As a new parent, your life revolves around your tiny and totally adorable baby. But before you bring your little one home, you need to make sure the area is safe and ready for the new arrival. In addition to shopping for baby-safe toys, diapers and cute onesies, you can take the following steps to maximize your baby’s safety and comfort:
| Baby on the Way? 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the New Arrival|
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1. Control the Climate
Babies are less able to regulate their body temperatures compared to adults. Overheating can be particularly dangerous.
You should keep your house between 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) and 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) during the day, and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 Celsius) and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) at night. You can save time, improve your baby’s comfort and reduce your energy bills by using automated climate control. For extra savings, you can compare electricity companies to find the perfect plan for your needs and budget. Follow this link to learn more.
2. Choose the Perfect Room
Your first big decision is to choose a room for your baby. Although you may want him or her as close to you as possible, having a separate room with a baby monitor can help either you or your partner sleep – whoever’s not on duty – when your baby wakes up at 3 a.m.
3. Find a Baby Monitor
Babies are so small that they appear frighteningly fragile. Although they are actually more resilient than they appear, new parents constantly worry about their young ones.
Modern baby monitors come with Internet capabilities so you can access them on a smartphone or mobile device. You can keep tabs on your infant anywhere with a Web connection, or just show him or her off to friends and family.
4. Baby-Proof the Home
Make sure you baby-proof your home before the baby arrives. Don't wait until you are exhausted and frantically busy caring for a newborn to get your home ready. The six or seven months between the baby's birth and the crawling stage will pass very quickly.
Start by securing any heavy objects, such as televisions, sound systems and computer equipment. Remove breakable objects, such as table lamps and vases, from surfaces that the baby can reach. Place furniture strategically in front of electrical outlets, and use cord covers or shorteners for electrical cords, and covers for outlets.
5. Clean with Natural Products
Don't go overboard with industrial-strength chemicals to create a perfectly sterile environment. Harsh chemicals can be irritating for a newborn. Also, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, some studies show that a baby who is exposed to pet dander and a certain amount of ordinary household dirt is less likely to develop allergies or asthma.
Don't use strong antimicrobial cleaning agents; instead, use non-toxic cleaning products to prepare your home without making it entirely sterile. Also, be sure to take off your shoes before you enter the house.
Having a baby is a wonderful experience – no matter how exhausting the first few months can be. These five tips will help ensure that your newborn is safe and comfortable.