Whether you're only a few weeks into your pregnancy or only have a few short weeks to go, nesting helps you feel prepared and ready to bring home your new baby. Nesting is an important part of the process, and is a different experience for every expectant parent.
We put together a list of some ways you can prepare your nest and get your home prepared to bring home your little one for the first time.
From decor to organization, the nursery is a great place to start when you're setting out to get your home ready to bring home baby. Choosing paint colors and furniture with your partner helps put a personal touch on your baby's space and organizing clothes and supplies can keep everything you'll need for your baby's arrival within reach.
With spring cleaning just behind us, preparing your home for baby also includes a deep cleaning. Your baby might not be mobile for a few months, but your newborn will be sensitive to airborne allergens from air filters that need a change or dust and dander in carpets and on curtains. Organize clutter, change your vacuum bags, disinfect surfaces around the house and give every room a thorough clean. Not only will it be better for your baby's health but it'll be one less thing to worry about as you settle in for the first few weeks postpartum.
Paperwork and Hospital Bag
Nesting and preparing your home for baby also means getting your home ready to go when it's time for delivery. Keep important paperwork and medical information organized and in a safe place at home. It's smart to keep copies filed neatly in case of emergency and your packed hospital bag by the door and ready to go when you need it.
When nesting and preparing your home for your new baby, your kitchen might be the last thing on your mind. Stocking your freezer with prepared meals will keep sleepy parents stress free and well fed when their baby is finally home. Stack and date prepared meals in the freezer, perfectly portioned to pop in the oven or even the slow cooker to always have a hot meal ready with minimal mess and without having to disrupt your deep cleaned kitchen.
Preparing your home for baby goes beyond your usual tidying up.
If you're feeling the urge to nest, embrace your instincts!
Keep yourself busy in those last few weeks of pregnancy by arranging your nursery, giving your home a deep clean and even some creative prep before the big day keeps you feeling confident and relaxed that you're organized and ready to start this exciting new chapter.
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