Organize and prepare your home a few weeks in advance of your baby’s arrival so you are able to snuggle your new family member as much as possible. I’m sharing some tips for parents of newborns this week.
Shop early for essentials — delivery dates are only an estimate.
If you’re a mom-to-be in a nesting phase, use it to your advantage instead of wasting it cleaning the shower grout like I did! Prepare and freeze a couple weeks’ worth of meals before baby arrives or stock up on convenience food.
Friends and family may ask you if you need anything. Don’t hesitate to ask for a pan of lasagna or a package of diapers. If you are visiting new parents, do not arrive empty-handed.
If you’ve had previous newborn experience, you’re aware they require copious amounts of diapers and wipes, so stock up! Multi-level homeowners, set up diaper changing areas on every level.
Save your store and gift receipts in an envelope labeled “baby stuff.” You might have to return items you find you don’t need or items your infant outgrows before wearing.
Babies grow crazy fast. You’ll stay organized if you regularly weed out too-small clothing. A clear storage bin in the nursery will provide a home for it. When it’s full, label it with the size and move it to storage. Place a laundry basket for soiled clothing in the baby’s room.
Clear space in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets for baby items and place small items in containers to keep them together.