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Having a baby is a very exciting time, but there are a lot of things to consider before you bring your bundle of joy home for the first time! We have put together some useful tips on how to organise your home for your new baby.

10 Ways to prepare your home when you’re expecting - by Guy Lambert

Decorating the Nursery

Here are some great tips on how to decorate your nursery, whether you plan on finding out the baby’s sex or not. My wife and I didn’t want to know beforehand but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to decorate a beautiful nursery for your child in advance.

1. Mixing and matching bright colours will ensure that the room does not appear to be for a baby of a particular sex. Shades of greens, oranges and yellows work well to keep things neutral. Instead of the usual pastel blues and pinks, why not choose something different for your boy or girl. A soft green is a perfect shade for a boy while lavender or light shades of purple are a lovely alternative for a girl.

2. Wall stickers are the quickest (and tidiest) way of creating a theme in your child’s room. Animal stickers can be unisex and are perfect for those waiting to find out. There are plenty of stickers ideal for boys and girls, dinosaurs and superheroes are playful additions to a baby boy’s room and there are plenty of princess or Peppa Pig stickers that you can find for your baby girl.

3. Shelves are not only a great method of storage but also provide the opportunity to change things even once the baby has arrived.

4. Story books and neutral accessories such as large decorative letters of the alphabet in photo frames can be displayed as the main focus of the room and can be moved around whenever you desire!

5. A rocking chair is ideal to help soothe the baby whilst feeding and rocking them off to sleep in the middle of the night. It will also become a cherished piece of furniture in years to come!

Baby Proofing Your Home

There are changes that need to be made around the house to ensure that your baby will not have any accidents once they start crawling and moving around on their own. To identify any potential dangers, get down on their level and hunt the hazards! Here’s a rundown of the more common issues:

6. Nursery – When your baby starts rolling around, it is a good idea to add bumper pads around the edges of the cot so they can’t bump their head or hurt themselves on the bars. Move the cot mattress to its lowest position once your baby starts trying to pull themselves up so that they are unable to climb out easily. Cordless baby monitors are ideal to avoid any wires near the baby’s cot and ensure there aren’t any curtain or blind cords within the baby’s reach that they could choke on. Also check for any unstable items of furniture that could topple over if they baby were to get hold of them. Finally, close off all unused electrical sockets with safety plugs to stop little fingers getting a shock.

7. Bathroom – Most importantly never leave your baby unattended in the bath, even for a minute. Use non-slip mats both in and outside the bath in case of any water spillages. To prevent scalding, set your water heater at 120° F or lower. Put all medical and cleaning supplies in a secure container out of reach on a shelf or in a secure cupboard that the baby cannot access.

8. Living room – Children will try and taste anything they get their hands on, so make sure plants are well out of reach if you don’t want your flowers beheaded or the soil eaten as a snack! Ensure all surfaces with sharp edges are covered with cushion edges and that there are no heavy loose objects that baby can reach on the table once they start pulling themselves up.

9. Kitchen – You do not want your child getting their hands on any sharp knives, pet food or cleaning products that will probably end up in their mouths! Move all potentially poisonous substances and sharp objects into locked cabinets and ideally, install childproof safety latches onto all relevant cabinets.

10. Stairs – Prevent your baby from falling down the stairs by installing gates at the top and bottom of the staircase.

Prepare your home early and do not wait until your child is crawling as chances are your baby will become a toddler and be mobile almost overnight which will surprise you! These little steps won’t take too long and if you concentrate on organising your home room by room you’ll be fully prepared before your bundle of joy starts roaming around the house. Enjoy every moment of this new and exciting chapter in your lives!

We have some stunning family homes available in a wide range of locations across London, the South East and the North West, if you are looking a new home to accommodate you and your new arrival. Having brought up two young children in two different Countryside homes I know they make great places to start family life in! Simply having a low maintenance home that is designed for modern living is a major bonus at this time in your life, such as at Stephenson Grove in Rainhill (pictured above).


Guy Lambert,
Head of Corporate Communications

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