Are you expecting a new baby in the next few weeks? I get it, the anticipation can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. But don't worry, I've got you! I've rounded up my top 4 tips for getting your home ready for your new arrival in just two weeks.
1. Remove things that take up your space
Decluttering your home can sound like a daunting task, especially when you're expecting a newborn! But it's easier than you think to get your home ready for your newest addition.
Here are some steps to follow to declutter before baby arrives:
Step 1: Choose two or three rooms that you frequent most often (most likely this will be your living room, kitchen and bedroom).
Step 2: Start by noticing where things tend to pile up. For me, it’s always the kitchen!! Find a new home for these items to go so they stop piling up!
Step 3: Let’s clear out what you don’t need or want anymore. Go through each drawer, cabinet and shelf and ask yourself, “Do I still need/want this item?”
Step 4: Make 3 piles, “Keep, Donate, Toss” and put everything into 1 of those piles. Organize the “keep” items, throw away the “toss” items (or recycle if possible) and give away the “donate.”
Honestly, decluttering has always been overwhelming for me, but I feel SO much better when I have my space picked up. It is always worth the effort for me!
Turn on some music and make it fun! Ask a friend to come over and help.
By following these simple steps over the course of just a few days or a weekend, you can quickly create a stress-free and comfortable newborn-ready environment in your own home. Some things don’t take up as much time as you may think.
2. Batch cook
The thought of cooking a ton of food in one go can be intimidating, but batch cooking is a lifesaver, especially when you're getting ready to welcome your newborn into the world. You'll thank yourself later! Believe me, I did!!
Here are a few simple steps to follow to get started:
Step 1: Plan out your meals. Choose recipes that are easy to make in large quantities, and make a list of all the ingredients you will need.
Step 2: Go grocery shopping. Try to do this a few days before you plan to start cooking, so you have everything you need on hand.
Step 3: Cook in batches. Prepare one recipe at a time, and portion it out into individual servings. Use freezer-safe containers or bags, and be sure to label everything with the name of the dish and the date it was made.
Step 4: Freeze your meals. Once everything is cooked and portioned out, place the containers in the freezer. They will keep for several months, so you can have a variety of meals ready to go whenever you need them. Link to freezer meal ideas here!
By following these steps, you can create a stockpile of nutritious, homemade meals that will make the first few weeks with your newborn a little bit easier!
Or do you wanna skip cooking? Start a meal train with your doula or good friend!
3. Stock up on essentials (& not just baby essentials)
You’re likely already thinking about things like diapers, wipes, bottles, etc.
But have you considered stocking up on regular household items like paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher soap...? Or, to this day, my favorite life saver, paper plates!!
My best tip would be to set these items up on Amazon Subscribe and Save so they’ll show up on your doorstep and you never have to worry about running out those first few months with your newborn! Or if you have an Instacart in your area!
4. Put together a baby care basket
A baby care basket, or sometimes called a “downstairs” basket is a lifesaver those first few weeks home with a new baby.
Oftentimes, you’re in one space with the baby for most of the day and find yourself “trapped” under a sleeping baby without the supplies you need!
A baby care basket can solve that for you. Basically, it’s a container you can keep in each room of the house that has all the essentials for baby (and some items for yourself!) so you’re not running around from room to room getting the things you need. Usually, the baby care basket includes diapers, wipes, burp cloths, extra clothes, pacifiers, and anything else you might need for the baby frequently.
I also like to think about including things for mom like nipple cream, breast pads, chapstick, SNACKS, water, etc.
In addition to keeping you from running from room to room, a baby care basket will help you stay organized and keep your home clutter free. The baby care basket is perfect for when you have older siblings. That way they can help their siblings!
This is got to be one of my most favorite tips. I used it for both my children as well as I know many families who do this and say how much of a lifesaver it is!
Which of these tips are you going to do first? Did you learn something new today? Let me know!
Don’t forget to download my free guide, 4 simple steps to prepare your home for your newborn’s arrival!