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Preparing your home for a new born

Bringing a new born baby home is an exciting time for new parents, but it can also be overwhelming. One of the most important things you can do to ensure your baby’s safety and comfort is to prepare your home ahead of time. Here are some tips for creating a safe and welcoming environment for your new arrival.

1. Create a designated changing area: Choose a comfortable, flat surface, such as a changing table, for diaper changes. Stock up on diapers, wipes, and diaper cream, and keep them within reach. Make sure to never leave your baby unattended on the changing table.

2. Prepare the nursery: Your baby’s nursery should be a comfortable and safe space. Ensure that the crib or bassinet is up to safety standards and has a firm, flat mattress. Avoid placing any soft or loose objects, such as pillows or blankets, in the crib. Install baby-proof window coverings and consider a baby monitor to keep an eye on your baby while they sleep.

3. Stock up on baby essentials: In addition to diapers and wipes, you’ll want to have a few key baby essentials on hand. This includes a car seat, stroller, baby carrier, and breastfeeding or bottle-feeding supplies, depending on your preferred method of feeding.

4. Consider temperature and humidity: Babies are sensitive to temperature and humidity, so it’s important to create a comfortable environment. Keep the temperature between 20 to 22.2 degrees Celsius and use a humidifier to maintain a humidity level between 40 and 60 percent.

5. Baby-proof common areas: Your baby will spend a lot of time in common areas of the home, so it’s important to baby-proof these areas as well. Cover sharp corners on furniture with padding, secure cabinets and drawers, and install baby gates to prevent access to stairs or other potentially dangerous areas.

6. Prepare siblings and pets: If you have other children or pets in the home, prepare them for the arrival of a new baby. Teach your children how to interact with the baby, and make sure they know the importance of being gentle and quiet around the baby. Introduce pets to the baby slowly and always supervise interactions.

7. Remove hazards: Babies are naturally curious and will explore their environment by touching, grabbing, and putting things in their mouths. To keep your baby safe, remove any potential hazards from the home. This includes items that are sharp, toxic, or can be swallowed, such as small objects, cleaning products, and medications.

8. Secure furniture and electronics: To prevent accidents and injuries, secure any large furniture, such as dressers or bookshelves, to the wall. Cover electrical outlets and ensure that cords from electronics are out of reach of your baby. By taking the time to prepare your home for your new baby, you can ensure that your baby is safe, comfortable, and happy. With a little planning and preparation, you can create a welcoming environment that will help your family adjust to the exciting and rewarding journey of parenthood.

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