Expecting a baby for the first time? Amidst the excitement and shopping for super-cute onesies (oh my ovaries!), there is the very real task of preparing your home for the baby's arrival. But how do you turn your home into a baby-safe environment without compromising on style?
The nursery is usually everyone’s main focus. If the cliché palettes aren’t working for you, ditch the ‘blue is for boys and pink is for girls’ stereotype and reach for something a bit unconventional. Neutral colour palette with bright details and accents is always a good choice so you can have light grey and bright pink, pale green and deep red, etc. Using stickers or painting murals on the walls is a great alternative because when the baby starts noticing the details the walls will captivate their attention. You can also easily change them as the baby grows. Always include a calming night light to help you navigate after you put the baby to sleep.
It’s easy to forget about the living room when you have the nursery to worry about, but baby-proofing and decorating this room is equally important as preparing the nursery. Clear out the clutter so you can keep an eye on the baby more easily, and make sure to hide all the extension cords and glass or ceramic decorations. Babies are very curious and might hurt themselves on sharp edges of coffee tables or bed frames, so it might be a good idea to pick one of those gorgeous couches with soft lines and a curved coffee table, or add some understated corner bumpers to sharp edges. Not only are these rounder items safer for kids, but they will look great and be the focal point of the room.
Landing in the role of mama quickly makes you realise how little time you have, and how many tasks you suddenly have! Things will inevitably get hectic, and at first you might not have time to cook. So, arm yourself with plenty of Tupperware, prepare healthy meals in advance and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Get cupboards organised and stock the pantry with healthy snacks before baby arrives so you have something to reach for on those early days when it's too hard to get out of the house.
Bathtime can be an overwhelming time - there's many things to remember as well as handling a precious, slippery baby! Having the right items by your side is key, knowing that you can always reach out for what you need. Your bathroom decor need not change, just ensure a few key changes are made such as all medicines and dangerous items are safely locked away.
Set up a bathing area, where your baby bathtub, baby soap, hooded towels and soft washcloth are to hand. You might want to have a thermometer to check the water temperature but, in general, checking the temperature with your hand is enough.
The most important thing is to make your home as safe as possible, which sometimes means ‘sacrificing’ your old décor and trying out something new.
On the other hand, if you start early and look for inspiration that fits with your existing style, you will be able to decorate your home the way you like without fear that your baby won’t be safe.