Design transitions: Preparing your home for your newborn!

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A guide to prep up your house to welcome the newest member of the family!

One of the most important and satisfying things that mums like to do when pregnant is prepping up the house for their little one’s arrival. Here are a few things that you can do to give your angel a grand welcome.

 

Painting a crib and moving wires:

When it comes to your little angel, safety must always be the top priority. So, when designing a dream nursery for your baby you must keep this factor in mind. At the same time, you would also want it to reflect your personal style. Keep in mind these important tips to make your baby’s room a safe and secure space:

  • Choosing a crib: Whether you plan to buy a new or second-hand crib, it is important to ensure that it is in the safest and cleanest condition. Check for any missing or broken parts before buying the crib. Don’t buy a crib if it has any missing pieces. Use a mattress with the right size so that it fits the crib nicely. Remove any excess objects like pillows, blankets and toys from the crib when the baby is inside the crib. The bumper pad should fit around the entire crib and should be properly tied up to the corners. Put the crib away from the window so that the baby doesn’t play with or grab and pull the drapery as it can be risky.

  • Using a good quality paint: Go for a high quality, water-based paint that is lead free and which contains low or no volatile organic compounds. You can also find organic paints in the market. Get the painting work done 2 to 3 days beforehand and make sure that there is proper ventilation in the room.

  • Using safe furniture in the nursery: Ensure that the furniture is secured to the walls with anti-tipping devices. While designing or buying the furniture for the nursery, ensure that the edges are not sharp. As the baby grows up and starts moving about in the room, sharp edges might be dangerous.

  • Keeping loose objects out of the baby’s reach: Preferably, avoid using floor lamps or any other loose objects in the nursery. When the baby is hitting development milestones, he or she may take support of things, like floor lamps to carry out his or her activity. Store toys in bins or boxes and make sure that they are not scattered in the room to avoid tripping.

  • Maintaining indoor air quality: An equally important part of getting your house ready for your baby’s arrival is to maintain the indoor air quality to prevent your baby from falling sick (as much as you can, especially from respiratory ailments). 

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The Dyson Pure Cool Link can be a good option to keep the indoor air pure. It is able to capture around 99.95% of the particles, as small as 0.1 microns in size. Once captured, these particles remain trapped inside the purifier. It also captures gases automatically.

The good news for new mums is that it uses the quietest airflow settings at night, not disturbing your sleep. It also automatically monitors, reacts and purifies the air. The reports are sent to the Dyson Link App which can be used on an iOS or Android phone.

  • Keeping electrical outlets and cords out of your baby’s reach: Make sure to use plug protectors for any unused electrical outlets. Keep electrical cords rolled and tucked away from your baby.

Childproof your house

Along with the nursery, here are some ways to childproof your complete house as once your baby starts growing up, it will get increasingly more difficult to keep a close eye on him or her all the time! So, here are a few things that you can do to keep your baby safe:

  • Keep your baby away from any dangerous objects by putting safety latches on cabinets, drawers and wardrobes.  
  • Make sure that things like medicines are immediately put away after use and they are out of your baby’s reach.
  • Use anti-scalding devices on faucets and showers to avoid burns.
  • Ensure that all electrical appliances are always unplugged after usage.
  • Install safety gates on the top and bottom of staircases.
  • Use corner and edge bumpers on furniture to avoid the baby hitting or banging against these.
  • Avoid keeping anything next to the windows so that the baby doesn’t climb on furniture and lean out of the windows.

These simple tips on getting your house ready for your baby’s arrival can help you avoid unwanted situations after your baby is born, leaving you ample time to bond with your baby.

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