Many people wait their entire lives in order to have a baby but when it actually comes time to bringing the baby home, they are ill-equipped to do so. It is very important for you to consider everything that needs done before the baby comes into the house. This is not only important for the health and safety of the child, and is also going to be important for your comfort and peace of mind. Here are a few things that must be done before you bring a baby home, and a few that you should consider adding to the list.
One important thing that needs to be brought into the home is the crib. Although it may be tempting for you to use a hand me down crib, this is not always going to be the best option that is available. After all, your child is going to spend a considerable amount of time in the crib and you want to ensure that they are safe. The standards for crib safety are constantly changing and it is likely if you use one that is a few years old, it will not be as safe as one that has been recently manufactured. It is always a good idea to check the standards of the crib before purchasing it.
It is also a good idea for you to stock up on some of the necessary items for the baby. Many new parents are surprised with how many bibs the baby is going to use or how frequently they are going to use the baby security blankets that are available. You should also consider having a large supply of disposable diapers available, as well as plenty of bottles, nipples and a brush that is going to be used for cleaning the bottles.
After the child has come home and you begin to venture outside of the home, it is going to be necessary for you to have a diaper bag ready to go. It's a good idea for you to prepare this diaper bag in advance of actually bringing the baby home. Of course, the contents of the diaper bag are going to change, depending on the age of the child and its particular needs. In most cases, it's a good idea for you to take a change of clothes, a washcloth, plastic bag for any diapers that have become soiled, a blanket and a supply of diapers that will be used during the day.
Finally, consider preparing your child's room well before the new baby comes home. If you are going to be painting the room, and most parents are going to paint the nursery, be sure to do it a long time before the baby comes home. This will allow the paint fumes to dissipate so that they do not make the child sick. You should also make sure that you are childproofing the home in advance of actually needing to do so. This will help to ensure that the home is safe for the child as they continue to grow and gain mobility.