When you’re expecting, it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected. Having a baby is both an exciting and tumultuous time for many. Before the baby arrives, you’ll want to have your home ready and de-cluttered so that you can spend time with your baby and focus on the things that really matter.
At Jiffy-Self Storage in Toronto, we understand that this is a busy time for a new parent. We want to simplify your life by providing convenient storage solutions for you and your new family.
Perhaps you plan on moving just before the baby arrives or just want to clear out some space for your new nursery. Whatever the case, we offer business storage, document storage, personal storage, and much more to suit your needs.
If you’re not quite sure how to prepare your home for the new baby, read on as we’ve gathered some tips to make this transition period in your life so much smoother.
Organize a Nursery
Probably one of the first things that come to mind when you start preparing to bring your baby home is the nursery. You’ll want to have a dedicated space to put a crib, baby clothes, to change diapers, and nurse your baby.
Some nurseries even include day beds or lounge chairs for moms that want to take a rest while watching their baby. A rocking chair is also a nice plus for any nursery.
No matter how you decide to set it up, you’ll want to make room for your baby when he or she arrives. Make sure that you set this up prior to your due date, as you won’t want to be putting together finishing touches or scrambling for space once your little cutie arrives.
Clean Your Kitchen
While your newborn baby definitely won’t be reaching for items in your fridge straight out of the hospital, the baby will need a steady supply of formula or breast milk, and you should prepare your kitchen accordingly.
You’ll want to buy some baby bottles, bibs and any other accessories specifically for your little one. Make sure you have all the essentials that you need and that your kitchen is well prepared for both you and the baby.
Take the time to clean out your fridge and cabinets so you can make some extra space for baby supplies. Soon enough, you’ll have to make room for a high chair at your kitchen table too!
Think About Safety
Before the baby arrives, you should take a walk around your home, identify potential dangers and baby-proof your home. You might consider using a baby gate to keep your little one away from trouble as they start becoming curious and mobile.
Keep cleaning products, chemicals, and medications away from your baby. Store them in secured cupboards and never underestimate what your little one can get their hands on. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly before your baby’s arrival and consider covering all electrical outlets.
Plan for Visitors
With the arrival of your newborn baby comes the various family members and friends who will want to meet the new addition to your family. It’s always good to have some extra space or a spare room to accommodate guests, should they want to spend the night or should you need some extra help and support with your baby.
This time in your life is not just exciting for you, but for your loved ones as well. Have extra bed sheets, towels, and toothbrushes prepared just in case a few hours turns into an entire night.
Make Room for Diapers and Essentials
Space is critical when you bring your baby home, and it’s important to make room for the unexpected. You’ll need lots of diapers — either cloth or disposable — baby wipes, clothes and more.
It’s also a good idea to set aside some storage space in a closet or corner so that you can access these supplies quickly and easily. You might have to rearrange some areas of your home, move items into storage, or get rid of items altogether to make sufficient space.
At Jiffy, we offer both short and long-term storage so that you can make room for current baby items. All while still keeping your personal belongings safe and sound and out of your baby’s reach if they need to be.
Now that you have some tips to prepare for the arrival of your little one, you should also remember to relax and focus on enjoying this new time in your life. Your baby will grow quicker than you expect, so enjoy every moment and have fun while you’re at it.
Your baby will remember the laughter and joy in your home and will be especially in tune with the surroundings. So keep smiling, don’t stress and get prepared before the big day.
To learn more about how self-storage can help you prepare your home for a new baby, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.