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Preparing for the arrival of your little one is an emotional time. You are probably feeling overwhelmed, nervous and excited all at once. Have you done enough? Is the house clean enough? Will the labor be okay? Will the baby be a boy or a girl? You will want to make sure you and your living partner purchase house items together for the baby. When it comes to bringing a baby home to a rental space there are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself, your new little bundle of joy and your neighbors for the arrival.

One of the best things about newborn babies is that they cannot get into anything quite yet. This means you don’t have to purchase child proof locks for the cupboards, tape down all electric cords and move all breakable items to the top shelf. When a baby first comes home from the hospital he needs four main things – food, sleep, bath/changes and love.

Preparing for Baby

Most newborns will sleep in a bassinet or a cot. You can expect your new baby to sleep around 15 hours each 24 hour period. Some newborns will sleep beside Mom, especially if they are breastfed. Parents can choose what sleeping arrangement works best for them. Furthermore, some new parents swear by a baby bath for bath time and a change table for changing while others are perfectly happy using the sink or shower and the floor. Again, you are the new parent; you get to decide what’s right for you.

In addition to a place to sleep and a place to be cleaned, newborns also need milk, milk and more milk. You can expect to spend most of the first weeks feeding your baby, especially if you are breastfeeding. You can prepare for this by investing in a comfortable chair for those constant feedings as well as purchasing tops that open in the front, nursing pads and cabbage leaves to help with engorgement.

Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding mothers should both be equipped with sterilized bottles just in case baby has troubles latching on to the breast. Breastfeeding mothers will also need a breast pump while bottle-fed babies will need formula, plenty of sterilized water and sterilizing equipment.

Preparing the House

Another thing to do when preparing a rental space for a new baby is let your neighbors know (if they haven’t already noticed your protruding belly) that they may be in for a few weeks (or months) of crying. Most people are excited about the arrival of a little one but some can get cranky if your colicky baby is keeping them up at night. Let them know ahead of time that they can expect some loud noises at all hours of the night.

You may also want to do some other preparations when planning for a newborn baby. In the days coming up to his or her arrival, consider giving the house a bit of a clean or asking someone to help you with this. Make sure there are fresh towels, sheets, clothes and other items for you and baby.

You may also want to stock up on food and cook some pre-made meals to store in the freezers. Shepherd’s Pie, Lasagna and casseroles can easily be heated up at a later date. Finally, be sure to get as much sleep as possible. As soon as labor hits and baby makes his or her grand entrance, sleep is few and far between. However, in the end, as any new parent will tell you, it is all worth it. When bringing a baby home to a rental space, a little preparation can go a long way when it comes to introducing baby to his or her new home and keeping your sanity for a few more days.

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