Preparing your home for the arrival of a newborn seems like a full-time job in and of itself. If you are a new parent, the job can seem even more daunting. Underneath the excitement is profound nervousness – a sense that you must prepare everything perfectly. In the end you always will, because that’s what new parents do. However, on top of all the other costs, like medical costs and donating cord blood with Familycord, now you have to baby-proof the home, which – if you aren’t careful – can be very expensive. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to prepare your home for the arrival of a newborn.
First, turn the office or guest room into a temporary nursery. When you are bringing a newborn home, you probably don’t want to have too many guests over – your hands will be full enough. So, if you are trying to find a cheap and affordable way to create a nursery for your newborn, just transform that extra bedroom into your baby’s new room. All you need is a fresh coat of paint and maybe a fun mural, make sure to place plastic plugs on the outlets – and voilÃ .
If you want to find inexpensive furniture for the nursery, always go secondhand shopping, or ask your friends. Hand-me-downs are usually free. Chances are that your close friend, or even a relative has an old crib in their garage and maybe a few fun extra items, like mobiles and other fun toys. When it comes to the nursery, all you need are the basics. You might look through all those baby magazines and feel like you need to go all out, but unless you have an unlimited budget, all you need is a few items – and your friends and family will always pitch in with gifts.
Also, if you want to really save money on items, like clothing, furniture, monitors and other necessities, just throw a baby shower for yourself. The best part of a baby shower, besides getting all your close friends and family together, is that you can stock your entire house with literally everything you need for your baby’s arrival. Before you create the invitations and start sending them out, though, you’ll want to register with a few baby supply stores, so that guests can have a much easier time picking out gifts. This is also the best way to ensure that you’ll get all the essentials.
Lastly, make sure your home is clean. Cleanliness is everything when you bring a new child into the world. By cleaning your home, of not only clutter, but also dirt and grime, you have a fresh new environment in which to raise your new child. In fact, having a new child is a great opportunity to do a deep cleaning of your entire home and to keep it that way. If you need an extra hand to keep things clean, just enlist a family member, a friend, or even an older sibling. Chances are that there are people in your life who will be glad to help.