When heavily pregnant, there are quite a few things on your mind, not to mention the large burden your body is going through. Not only must you emotionally, mentally and physically try and sustain yourself from day to day, but the preparations for your new life to come can be quite worrying and dizzyingly exciting in themselves.
For this reason, it can pay to ask for help. Where? Help is best found in those around you, those who are with you every step of the way in this adventure. Help is found in the advice of your friends who may have gone through this process before. It is also found in lovingly written guides posted on heartfelt family blogs on the internet. For this third guiding hand, you’re in the right place.
Planning your environment for a new baby is not always easy, but it can be tremendously exciting. Consider these tips to help you:
Of course, bringing a child into their new home can often mean caring about things you may otherwise have ignored. Noise can factor into this quite strongly. While it might be that you’ve gotten used to the noise in your area, your baby may end up being quite sensitive to these issues. A bedroom next to a busy road, or perhaps within earshot of passing planes over your home can all contribute to the unsettling of a child. Consider how loud each room of the house is, and from that consider the best place for their new room to be. You may decide to move your master bed to another room where you’ll setup the baby’s sleeping arrangements, or perhaps choose to insulate or soundproof a room more appropriately. Additional factors to consider are when you’re wanting to ventilate the room in the summer, as this will often allow more sound into the room which is not what you want.
Of course, considering your sleeping arrangements can be quite worthwhile. You may decide to setup a schedule for who attends to the baby at night, and what proximity the baby’s cot will be from your bed. Will you opt for the baby to sleep in a separate room using adequate baby monitors to ensure peace of mind, or perhaps set this up in your master bedroom if you have the additional space?
How about downstairs? Might it be that setting up sleeping arrangements around the home can help you ensure your baby enjoys a restful sleep no matter what room of the house you’re in? For example, it might be worth setting up a cot in your home office, allowing the baby to sleep within proximity to you as you work on your daily tasks. It might also be worth investing in earplugs for you or your partner, if the other has agreed to take baby duty for that night. Lack of sleep is sure to find you in these formative years, but you can prepare for it a little better if you take the time to do so beforehand.
Of course, following a healthy and balanced diet is not needed for a baby. For the first formative period, they will rely solely on breastmilk or formula, with breastfeeding being preferable. However, the ability to breastfeed is not always guaranteed, and so other steps may need to be taken. Finding adequate and reputable formula for your baby and never cheaping out during this can help you find the most nutritious and safe options available for your little one. Finding more info about the benefits of probiotics for your baby, many of which can be found in high street stores or online, can help you maintain healthy physical development of your child.
Learning how to feed properly, regularly and learning techniques for burping and preventing sickness are also incredibly important, and you can find a compendium of those resources here. If you hope for your child to enjoy the best development possible, taking care of these matters in advance can help prevent you from feeling lost or confused when it comes time to apply those skills.
It’s essential to consider the pets of your family home. It is widely known that cats have been known to enjoy sitting in babies cots, inadvertently preventing them from being able to breathe. However, no matter how well tempered or trained your pets, you can never be one hundred percent sure as to how they’ll behave around your baby.
This means that keeping an intensely watchful eye over their behaviour, ensuring they are locked away from accessing your baby at night via the use of baby gates or closed doors. As well as this, just keeping a close eye on your child and pets at all times can help them live in harmony with each other. If push comes to shove, it’s not hard to consider which to prioritize if an issue does arise.
Unfortunately, toxins are present in our environment. They can grow without us realizing. Inspecting your home can prevent these from becoming an issue when your baby is introduced to your home environment. For example, hand lotions and moisturizing products that you apply to your own skin may not affect you, but when handling your baby might affect their sensitivities. This means that switching to sensitive products no matter what, is a smart choice, especially those that are specifically designed for babies to handle. It could be that inspecting the entire property for dust, damp and the mold that often grows there could be an essentially important thing to do, helping you prevent an issue before it starts. Also, alternating from toxic cleaning products to PH-neutral and restorative options can help you avoid affecting the baby’s environment with products that may cause an issue.
Bringing your baby into your home is never easy, but it’s wonderful and perhaps the most beautiful thing you will ever experience. With these simple preparations, you’ll be able to accommodate your new bundle of joy as safely and comfortably as possible.Tags: advice, babies, pregnancy, pregnant, safety