There is a lot to be done before you bring your baby home, and that goes beyond the adoption process. While you’re waiting for your child to arrive, there are some preparations you will want to make in your home, as well. Taking time to do them now will help ease your transition into having a child (or another child) at home.
The Baby’s Room
You will want a crib, changing table, garbage can, shelving, and maybe a rocking chair or recliner – not to mention all the adorable décor! There are a lot of choices when it comes to baby equipment, so start your shopping and decorating early – it may take longer than you think. If you want the baby to sleep with you for awhile, there are co-sleepers that attach to your bed to give you the opportunity to stay close while keeping the child safe, as well.
You will want a healthy supply of diapers, wipes, and formula, but don’t go overboard. Keep in mind you don’t know exactly how big the baby will be or how fast he or she will grow. If you get too many newborn diapers, for example, you might be left with a lot of extras if he or she grows out of them quickly.
Consider setting up a diaper subscription or repeat order with Amazon or another retailer so you don’t have to worry about running out. This way you also don’t have to find room to store boxes upon boxes of products. These subscriptions can easily be changed as you realize your baby needs a new size or more (or fewer) diapers each month.
Prepare for Guests
If you know you will have family and other visitors coming over to meet the baby, make sure your guest bedroom and bathroom are ready, and stock up on any extra snacks and drinks to avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store. You will want to spend as much time as possible with your new bundle of joy.
Being a good parent means taking care of yourself too! You will probably be short on sleep during the first few months, but you don’t need to be short on nutrition as well. Feed yourself well by preparing a freezer full of meals in advance. There are websites and recipe books devoted to this kind of meal prep, so start cooking!
Make soups and casseroles that can easily be frozen in a freezer bag and heated in a slow cooker when you are ready to eat. Be sure to carefully label each item so you don’t have any surprises. Also, keep a supply of fruit, hummus, veggies, and nuts on hand so you can snack in a healthy way too, to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Though it will be a few months before your baby is walking around and potentially bumping her head on coffee tables, those months will go by more quickly than you might think. If you have time now, you might as well start baby-proofing your home:
- Cover all outlets.
- Install latches on all low drawers and cupboards. Make sure all cleaning products, medicines, and other poisonous or dangerous items are in latched or locked cupboards.
- If something can fit through a toilet paper roll, it presents a choking hazard. Put those small items out of reach.
- Place padding or bumpers on the hard edges of tables and chairs.
- Use safety gates at the stairs.
- Check your window treatments. The cords on draperies and blinds can be dangerous for children. If possible, replace corded window coverings with safer options; you can read more about window covering safety here.
- Make sure your windows are locked or that they can’t be opened more than a couple of inches.
- Keep emergency phone numbers handy and stock your first aid kit.
It is hard to think of everything before the baby arrives, but every step you take gives you one less thing to think about after he or she is home with you, allowing you to focus more attention on your newest family member. If you have any questions about preparing your home for the baby as you move through the adoption process, please contact us. If you are just starting the adoption journey, we’re here for that as well! The sooner you get started, the sooner your family can grow. Get started here!