That moment you've been looking forward to for months has finally arrived! Your precious grandchild, adorable niece/nephew, or bestie's baby is on their way to your home for the very first time. You're determined to make the experience as pleasant as possible for the incumbent parents and their little love — starting with making sure your home is a safe place for baby.
There are lots of little things you can do, without breaking the bank, to ensure both baby and baby's mama sleep easy during their stay. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you have a little one incoming and need to do a quick baby proof of your home!
Designate Safe Spaces
Instead of combing through your entire house looking for hazards, designate a space or spaces for baby, and then make sure those spaces are extra safe. Likely, little visitors will spend their time in two places: the bedroom and the living room. Make sure you sweep these two rooms for common choking hazards like bottle caps (incidentally, the most commonly choked upon item!), loose change, the plastic top of coil door stops and small toys with parts that could fall off.
A good practice is, if it's small enough to fit in a child's mouth, put it away. Exercise this same judgment in terms of objects that could tumble. Heavy items and unsecured pieces of furniture should be kept well out of reach or temporarily moved to a baby free zone.
Set Up Your Safe Spaces
Once you've picked your safe spaces, you can section them off with strategically placed baby gates. Better yet, rent a Pack n Play from a baby gear rental service like FlyBaby, and you won't have to worry about baby wandering off at all.
When setting up baby's bedroom, make sure you have a proper crib, mattress & sheets for him/her to sleep in. This will help baby sleep better, which means everyone else gets to sleep better too! You can rent all of it for the weekend through FlyBaby.
Another spot that will be frequented by baby is the bathroom. There are little things you do to help a visiting mama out come bath time, like make sure the tub has an anti-slip bath mat and have some gentle baby shampoo and soap on hand. Having a stack of soft towels ready for your guests to use is also a nice touch. Finally, tuck your toiletries and medicine away in higher cabinets just for good measure.
In the end, you don't have to spend tons of money, or hire a handyman, to get your home ready for a little visitor. Just make sure you have a couple baby safe zones designated, and the gear on hand to keep them comfortable. A baby's visit will go oh so much smoother, if they have A) a comfortable place to sleep and B) a comfortable place to play!
Incidentally, both things that you can affordably rent with FlyBaby.
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