When you are a first-time parent, you are bombarded with a lot! You can find online all sort of lists telling you the essential things to buy before your newborn arrives, or all of the things you need to do before your baby comes home. Or other less encouraging lists like you should find time to do these things before the baby arrives because you will not have time to do them once your baby comes.
The truth is, I realized that most of the things that people tell you to be essential for your baby´s arrival are not as necessary as one would think.
What I do think is essential to get ready before the baby arrives is the following:
1. A Place to Bathe and Change Your Baby That Is Also Comfortable for You:
I got a baby´s changing station, and it was alright, I didn´t have any trouble with that because it was the right height, comfortable for my baby, with enough room to have everything in hand.
I can say I did proper research for that, but I know many friends who had their babies around the same time I did; they had a tough time with this, especially with the changing station´s height. So this is something I would recommend you should check before your baby arrives.
In my case, this was an issue for me when it came to bathing my baby. The first time I bathe her I ended up with an awful backache.
The place where you bathe your baby needs to be comfortable for you too, not just comfortable for the baby alone. I was blessed enough to have the guidance of my mother in law who gave me a folding table that was the perfect size for my shower to fix the problem.
You don´t have to buy anything fancy, all you need to find is a way to adapt the environment to be comfortable.
2. A Crib or Basinet:
At first, all we got was a crib, in our case, it was a co-sleeping crib; we knew we wanted the baby in our room and as close to me as possible; but this truly depends on what you want. And also what your beliefs are on what you want for your new routine.
A friend insisted on lending me her basinet; it was a foldable basinet that you could fit in with both parents if it is a king size bed. I actually thought I was not going to use it, but my baby was born with acid reflux, so this item came in very handy because I was able to adjust it so my baby could be inclined and not completely flat on her back which was not a good thing for her condition. We used the basinet for 2.5 months and then we got an anti-reflux mattress, which we used up until she was able to roll over.
If we had known that our baby was going to be born with acid reflux or if we would have thought about using a basinet at the beginning, we would not have needed to get a crib before the baby arrived.
3. A Drawer or Wardrobe:
One thing that I think is absolutely essential to prepare before the baby arrives is a place to organize all of your baby´s clothes, a place where you can put everything separated by categories. So if you are searching for a pair of tiny socks, you don´t have to go crazy running through everything.
How do you organize your home for baby? Have you considered any of the tips listed above? Do share your thoughts with everyone.
Hi, I´m Heidi and I am a Food Science and Technology Engineer with a Master´s Degree, but I am also a stay-at-home-mom. Up until very recently I worked for a multinational company, then I decided that I did not want to miss all the important milestones and quality time of my daughter, so I decided to become a freelancer. I love to do research, read and write articles about Food Benefits, and share my experiences and life-savior tips as a mom. Stay tuned to read parenting lessons, cooking tips, and much more.