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Take the Stress Out of Preparing for a Newborn

Being a first time parent is both an exciting and stressful time. While you’re waiting for your little baby to come into the world, you’ll probably receive lots of advice (mostly unsolicited) from other parents, family members, your mother-in-law, and complete strangers. Some of it will be good, and some will be absolutely ridiculous. The important thing to remember is that you’ll do fine as long as you keep things simple and focus on keeping your baby safe and healthy.

One of the first things expecting parents stress about is preparing their home for the new arrival. They repaint, mop the floor five times a day, set up a nursery in full, and more. But the reality is that a newborn won’t have a huge impact on your home—at least not at first. So you don’t need to go overboard all at once. There are a few things a baby needs right away, and they are:

A Safe Place to Sleep

Considering that most newborns will sleep 18-20 hours a day, this is the most important thing to prepare. But you don’t necessarily have to worry about a crib at this point. All you need is ia small portable sleeping solution, like a bassinet that you can park next to your bed for the first few weeks. You’ll be feeding every few hours at night anyway, so just keep the baby by your bedside until he or she starts sleeping for longer periods of time. That’s when you’ll need to set up the crib in the nursery.

A Place to Be Changed

Newborns only do three things for the first few weeks: eat, sleep, and poo. Having a designated changing area is important to keep your baby clean and happy—as well as keep your house clean and tidy. You can put the changing table in the baby’s room next to the crib (If you have purchased one already). Make sure you stock it with diapers, wipes, powder, diaper rash cream, and either plastic bags to put the messy diapers in or a diaper pail.

A Place to Eat

Your baby won’t be eating out of a highchair for a long time, so it’s important that you create a comfortable place to feed your baby. A soft recliner or rocker in the baby’s room is great for daytime feedings, and nighttime feedings can be done right in your own bed. Moms: You’ll be spending a lot of time in this place for the first few months, so make sure it’s comfortable, useful, and pleasant. There is nothing worse than sitting in the same uncomfortable chair 5 times a day to feed your baby.

Eventually, there will be other things you can do, but may not matter until your baby is a few months old and can crawl, like setting up the crib, vacuuming the floor, and childproofing your cabinets and drawers. For the first few months, your baby won’t even be able to roll over, so small objects on the floor won’t be a problem, but once they can roll over and start crawling, you’ll soon see how much trouble they can get in—and how much they’ll want to put in their mouths.

Once your baby is at the point of crawling, you should be vacuuming and cleaning your floor regularly, as well as moving anything you don’t want destroyed to places above waist height. But these concerns are still a few months off. Take these first few weeks to relax and spend time with your baby. You can save baby proofing until it really matters.

This post was written by guest author Edwin who blogs over at Yourlocalsecurity where you can find more home safety tips.

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