Pregnancy is delightful and a special time for you and your family. But let us be real, a lot of changes are about to happen and a level of sleep deprivation you didn’t know existed. It is all part of the incredible package of motherhood.
However, you don’t have to watch your home fall apart after your baby arrives. Pregnancy is a good time to prepare for your next phase of your family life, get things in order, and make room for your child’s gear! Here is how:
1. Organise baby outfits by size
You have most likely accumulated a great supply of baby boy clothes during your pregnancy. Consider taking your time to sort all of them by size. You can place 0 to 3 baby boy clothes in a dresser and then store the rest in a tote with labels. You will be glad to know where the next size is – babies grow so quickly!
2. Make a cleaning schedule
Make a list of the most pertinent tasks – laundry, cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, dishes, and the like. Now map out how they should work into your week. If you do this, you will definitely have something to refer to when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. Other people in the house can also help you keep things in check.
3. Designate kitchen space for baby
Clear out the large dishes, servingware, and other kitchen items infrequently used. Designate the accessible space (counter space, cabinets above the kitchen sink, and lower drawers) for storing baby bottles. You can also keep baby pacifiers, steamer sanitizing bags, storage bags, and other breastfeeding bags.
4. Freeze meals
Plan ahead by setting aside a few weekends or evening hours to make freezable, simple meals. This way, you will have something to fall back on when you are in a bind with no time to cook for your family. Consider labelling the containers to know what is inside!
You can also purchase lots of easy-to-grab snacks like string cheese, yoghurt, tuna fish, fruit, nuts, etc.
5. Set up a quiet area for bottle feeding\nursing
Feeding is a special bonding time for you and your little one, so you have to do it comfortably. Set up an area in your house reserved for quiet time with your baby and place a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, books for storytime, and proper pillows.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You don’t have to do this all alone – trust your heart and ask for help. Decide what type of childcare you will want and when you will want it. It may be a nanny, a baby nurse, parents, or a friend who will support you in this parenthood journey.
The bottom line
We hope these six organising tips will make your family life a little easier once the baby arrives. We also hope these tips will help you keep your sanity as you navigate the waters of being new parents.