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Are you expecting a new addition to the family? If so, then you probably have 1000 things running through your head and 1000 things that still need to be done before your due date. Getting the furniture, painting the nursery, buying clothes, having a baby shower, asking neighbors to watch pets when the baby comes and spending quality time together are just some of the things that are probably in the back of your mind. However, you also need to be sure that your home is ready for the new addition and that everything is safe and secure.

Baby proofing your house doesn't usually happen right away. After all, a newborn will not be able to reach the top of the shelf and pull down the chemicals and a newborn will not be able to crawl across the floor and put his hand into an electrical outlet. These are things that most parents start to think about as soon as their little one starts to crawl, around the age of 6 months. When this day does come you will need to purchase a whole set of baby proofing products, from safety gates to special cords for your appliances, from child proof locks for the cupboards to toilet seat holders for your bathroom.

New Baby Preparations

However, as your little one is still too little to do much of anything except eat, sleep and poop, you probably don't need to worry about this quite yet. Instead, take this time to do any home improvements and renovations that make it easier for you and make it more comfortable for you, as a parent. Look into fixing any broken steps or areas where the carpet is coming up. Make sure there are no loose nails or areas in the house where you can trip. Fix broken cupboards, loose boards and rusty nails now as you will have your hands full for the next little while. The last thing you want to do is slip and fall on a broken step with a newborn in your arms.

You can also look at making the areas where you and your newborn will be as safe as possible. If, for example, you are planning on co sleeping and breastfeeding, then you may want to put a bed rest on the side of the bed, just in case. However, it is recommended that baby sleeps beside you in a bassinet just to be safe.

Make sure the area where you are bathing and changing new baby is also free and clear of any dangers. Invest in a no slip bath mat for the tub or look into special newborn baby baths. Make sure that the change table is set up correctly and that you are not going to have to reach far away to grab diapers, clothes and wipes.

Finally, in addition to preparing your home, you also need to prepare your other family members, especially any pets. If you have a dog then let the dog sniff the baby clothes. Before you bring baby home, bring a blanket from the hospital to the dog so he can sniff it. You might want to leave your pets outside for the first little while to get used to the new addition.

Preparing your home for a new baby is not as strenuous as you think. Preparing yourself, however, is often the trickiest part. Take the time to talk about your fears and concerns with your partner and other expecting parents. Do some relaxing activities before baby comes such as massage treatments, manicures and coffee visits with friends to help ease your fears relax you.

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