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Baby's Homecomeing - How To Prepare Your Home For It
Getting ready for your is an exciting event. If this is your first baby, you can start with preparing the room baby will stay in.
Will your baby sleep in your room or on her own?
If baby sleeps on your own, you would lose some privacy and have to be more careful with your spouse what you do in your bedroom while baby is sleeping in a nearby cot. If baby sleeps on her own, you might lose more sleep checking on baby every now and then to make sure she is okay.
Either case, you need a cot. You might want to get night lights, wall paper and even a mobile to entertain baby with, but the minimum you would need would be the baby's cot and lots of baby crib bedding.
Baby will soil herself often. Diapers that overflow with urine and faeces may leak and dirty the bedding. Getting a little careless while changing baby might require sheets to be changed again. Baby's skin is sensitive and baby is so vulnerable so keeping the place clean is important for the infant's health.
Besides sleep, there is the issue of keeping baby clean. Do you have the necessary supplies for that?
Baby's delicate skin is better off using baby products than bath products for grown ups. You should have a ready supply of baby shampoo, baby soap or baby bath and baby powder to keep baby clean and comfy. Diaper rash cream would come in handy too. Don't forget the towels and the bath tub.
On the subject of diapers, you would need lots of diapers for newborn babies. Each of mine averaged a pack a week. You will also need baby wipes and a changing sheet for the diapers.
Even if you breastfeed baby, you would probably still need baby bottles, a sterilizer to keep them sterile and formula milk in case supplementation is necessary.
Then there is the clothing necessary to keep baby warm and comforable. You might need several sets a day, especially if you have a tendency to wet baby while cleaning her up, or she has a tendency to burp and spill vomit everywhere.
Finally, is this is the not the first baby in the family, how would the other kids feel about baby? Prepare them ahead of time that they will have a new companion to play with in this family who will love them back. Show your kids your affection especially when baby comes home. Let them know you still love them and work to ease their jealousy.
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