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Get space ready for your newborn

Making room for Baby

With a baby on the way, there’s lots to do and prepare for. So much so, that sometimes the baby's room gets left to the last minute. In these tough penny-pinching times, some people may feel that they don’t have enough room for their growing family. Remember, it’s not the size of your home that matters. It’s the amount of love that counts and this will be what will truly help your baby be happy and calm.

For the first six months, the baby can share your bedroom, especially during breastfeeding. This will help you conserve your energy because nursing your baby can leave you exhausted. Keep in mind, requirements will change and grow as the baby does. Making room in your home can be achieved in a stress-free manner. Here are some of the best ways to have your baby's space ready in time for the joyous arrival:

Clear clutter

If the baby’s nursery is currently being used as a storage space, sort out the things you want to keep and the things you want to throw out. Organization is the key to a calm start. The great part about clearing clutter is that you will also end up with fewer items that will have to be stored in other rooms, the garage, storage unit, etc.

Keep your baby healthy

You will want to rip out any old carpeting in the baby’s new room. Also, if painting the room is necessary, be sure to use a lead-free and eco-friendly brand. You should also give time for the odor of new paint to be fully gone by keeping the windows open. If no proper ventilation is available, keep a bucket of water in the middle of the room to absorb the extra paint smell. A humidifier is also useful to keep the room's air perfect for the baby.

Plan room sharing

If the older sibling's room is big enough, have him or her share their room by putting up a partition to separate the two children. If the older child has to move to a new room, get the transition going early so he or she has ample time to get used to the new space. If this is not done in a timely manner, your child will have to deal with too many changes once the baby arrives home and unpleasant resentment could develop. Making a change early will make the adjustment period more tolerable.

Eliminate street noise

If Baby's room is close to the street, add a white noise machine to help block out some of the outside distractions. Also, pick up some dark blinds, which block out unwanted outside light. This will help the baby fall into an even deeper sleep. And if the baby sleeps deeper and longer, so will you.

Clean furniture

Be sure to clean your furniture using plain water and a sponge or just a dry duster, keeping all scented and potentially dangerous products out of your home. If you don’t use environmentally safe products to start with, during allergy season it's hard to pinpoint why your baby may not be doing well.

Keep your language clean

Babies learn from the cradle, so keep in mind the words you would like them to hear and speak. If your friends and family tend to have “potty mouths,” simply ask them to make the necessary adjustments.

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