Getting Ready for Baby (your house)

Besides getting all the baby supplies ready (bassinet, diapers and clean clothes), there are some other things I recommend doing to get your house ready for bringing home baby.

You will be distracted, tired and uninterested in anything but your sweet new baby. 

So you may to want to:

-stock up on your favorite non-perishable foods (PB&J, cereal, oatmeal, beef jerky, sparkling water); whatever you can eat easily (you may be eating while breastfeeding)

-stock up on disposable plates, napkins, forks, knives, spoons, cups and straws (if you like a tidy house, it's easier to throw everything in the trash than load and unload a dishwasher)

-stock up on paper towels, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, your favorite soap, lipstick, nail polish, etc (it's not that you won't be able to go to the store but you just don't want to worry about that kind of stuff)

-consider getting a cleaning service to come either every two weeks or once a month (take a break, get out of the house and come back to everything all clean!)

-declutter as much as possible. We live in a fairly small condo and I knew I would feel like the walls were closing in on us if we had all our crap plus everything that comes along with baby. We got rid of a bunch of clutter and left a few shelves and bins completely empty knowing that they would like up quickly! 

-if you have a pet, you may want to set up all your baby stuff early, periodically turn on that bouncy seat, or play with that doll that plays music, get your stroller out, let your pet get used to all the stuff so when baby arrives he is only getting used to baby, not all baby's gear and baby!

I know that these seem pretty basic but they totally saved us and made the first month much eaier to just focus on what is important- baby!

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