If you have a baby on the way, you probably also have a ton of things on your mind. However, make sure not to forget a few home improvements that have to be taken care of before the little one arrives—there’s no way you will handle having a newborn and contractors at home at the same time! You might already have some renovations in mind, so in addition to those, here are a few must-do home improvements your growing family will definitely benefit from:
Create the nursery
As a parent, you will probably spend the most of your time in the nursery and focus all your nesting instincts to that room. Sure, your baby may not sleep alone in that room at first, but you will use that room from day one for changing diapers, storing baby stuff, feeding and connecting with your little one. Before you know, your baby will be big enough to sleep there and use it as a playroom. Therefore, you need a good nursery that’s safe, clean and comfortable. If you don’t have enough funds to furnish, detail and decorate the nursery just yet, make sure to at least paint it, install basic fixtures like a ceiling fan (great for preventing sudden infant death syndrome) and make some architectural changes.
Take care of safety
Even if you don’t feel like doing any major projects, you still have to tackle safety issues before your baby comes. Before your baby starts walking or crawling, you need to handle hazards like unsecured windows, exposed electrical wires and plumbing pipes and open stairways. Mold issues should be addressed first because it can cause respiratory issues in young kids. Install banisters and gates on stairs and other tricky-to-navigate areas.
Repair your kitchen
Your baby won’t spend too much time in the kitchen, but as soon as they start moving around, this room will be very attractive to them. To boost safety in your kitchen, protect your baby and your beautiful homewares by installing safety latches to cabinets and appliances. Old homewares combined with rusty hinges, loose doors and broken cabinets will not only endanger your baby, but potentially cost you a lot of money in the long run, so update everything and boost safety.
Redo your bathroom
Bathroom renovations are tricky, long, loud and full of complications, so you definitely want to get that out of the way before the baby arrives. Your baby needs regular baths, and even though infants bathe in small basins, it’s must more comfortable for everyone to do that in a cozy bathroom than in the kitchen.
Refinish your floors
It’s critical to have surfaces that are safe and easy to keep clean before your little one starts to crawl and explore. Waiting to refinish your floors after the baby arrives is not safe, since most flooring refinish products (especially those for hardwood) need time to cure and off-gas. Babies’ lungs are very sensitive to fumes, so make sure to handle your floors before the baby arrives and make them safe for exploration.
Bless your baby with a private playground
Since COVID-19 started affecting our lives, fewer and fewer parents are deciding to take their kids to public parks, but you can bring the park to your kid. Outdoor renovations don’t really affect your child even after they are born, but projects like replacing a deck or adding shade to your backyard can be noisy. Babies love the outdoors and they tend to fuss less in nature, so you will benefit from creating a kid-proof backyard for a very long time.
After all your renovations are done, you can relax and wait for the arrival of your baby in peace, knowing it will be safe and comfortable at home. Good luck, parents, and enjoy your baby.