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For expecting parents, the arrival of their first bundle of joy can be thrilling but also terrifying, which is why there are many reasons some people find motherhood scary. However, with careful planning, you can ease many of your worries. With these tips on preparing your home for your first child, you should have no trouble feeling ready for life’s new challenges.

Establishing Routines and Spaces

Before you start prepping your home, it’s a good idea to establish what your new routines will be and where they’ll happen. Establishing a daily rhythm beforehand can help you feel more in control in these whirlwind moments. Start by crafting a feeding and sleeping space that’s both inviting and practical. A nightlight, a comfortable chair or glider, and a side table to hold essentials are some elements to consider when crafting a serene feed or lullaby routine.

Designing the Baby’s Space

Once you have the basics in place, it’s time to focus on theming and design. While some people think that this is more for the parents than the child, this isn’t the case. In fact, newborns see various colors in different ways, which means the hues you use throughout their space will affect them. Outside of colors, you’ll want to decorate with soft layers—think cozy blankets and plush toys. These elements will make the room much more comfortable for your child.

Creating a Safe Environment

Nothing turns a room into a potential minefield faster than a baby. That’s why you’ll want to keep an eye out for everything, from small choking hazard items to sharp edges in the nursery, before they arrive. Also, be sure to perform this inspection throughout the home—not just the nursery.

No matter how you prep your home, though, remember to hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Above all, this means having a first aid kit nearby. There are many reasons for parents to need a first aid kit, but ensuring they can respond to their baby’s medical needs quickly is one of the main ones.

Organizing Baby Essentials

Other than a first aid kit, there are plenty of other items you should have ready for your newborn. Simplicity is key when it comes to baby gear. The basics include a car seat, a stroller, baby carriers, and a safe place for sleep. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the vast array of products you’ll now have in your home, so be sure to create an effective organization system. You should dedicate certain areas to baby stuff to make these items easier to find.

Preparing Emotionally

Lastly, while this tip isn’t necessarily about readying your home for your first child, it’s crucial to prepare your emotional nest. If you’re emotionally ready for motherhood, your home will feel that much more inviting for your baby.

Speak with friends who have already gone through this phase of life, join a prenatal group, or consider speaking with a professional if you have doubts or fears. Transitioning into parenthood is a monumental task; it’s OK to ask for help and to shed a tear or two along the way. No one will judge you. Instead, they will be there to help you prepare yourself for what’s to come.

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