Up until now, you pottered around and got by. Well, your world is about to change – and making your home as efficient as possible is one of the best things you can do as you prepare your life for a new baby.
It sounds quite a functional tip but believe us, in the midst of sleep deprival and being knee-deep in nappies, having a house that works as hard as possible can be an almighty help to you.
The kitchen is the room which tends to get the most attention during that first year or so of a baby’s life so that is going to be the focus of today’s article. Let’s now jump into four kitchen tips which can make your life much, much easier ahead of your new arrival.
Make sure your washing machine is in good, working order
First and foremost, if you haven’t got one, turn to a washing machine installation company. Then, if you have got one and it isn’t working, get it fixed as a matter of urgency.
When baby arrives, hand washing isn’t really going to be a thing. The amount of laundry that you will have during this period is going to soar through the roof, with babies producing umpteen soiled garments each and every day during those first few months.
An efficient washing machine is a must and you will be amazed at the effect it has. If you also have a drier, you’ll make your job even easier.
Declutter your work surfaces
Again, up until now you probably didn’t have a need to declutter. It didn’t matter if you had a kettle, coffee machine, toaster and a whole host of other appliances crowded on the work surfaces.
When your newborn arrives, things change. Not only is clutter going to wreak havoc with your mind (there are all sorts of studies on this), but there are also a lot more things that you need to house.
Bottles might sound like a small thing, but when you have ten of them and a sterilizer to contend with, you suddenly need a lot more space.
This is just one example but hopefully you’ll get the point – there are more things you need as a parent, and those work surfaces will become invaluable.
Babyproof now, before it’s too late
In truth, you don’t strictly have to babyproof a kitchen for a newborn. They are not crawling, so the risks are minimal.
However, they will get to that stage eventually, and it’s better to carry out the tasks now that you have the time. Leave it too long and you’ll find that you are frantically trying to move cleaning products, secure plug sockets and all of the other babyproofing kitchen tasks that need doing.
Prep your freezer
In the weeks following your little one’s arrival, your world has been turned upside down. Basic tasks like cooking go out of the window, so now is the time to prep meals so that the two of you are at least eating properly.
Not only that, but make sure your freezer is prepared to at least accept frozen milk if that’s a route you have to go down. The last thing you want is to not have the space, and then have to think outside the box when it’s really too late.