There should be a seamless transition for the mother and baby from the hospital room to the baby’s room. Refurbishing the house to make it baby-proof in advance is necessary.
Choosing the location of the baby’s room is crucial. Decide in advance whether there will be a dedicated space or room for the baby. If yes, then having a room close to the parent’s bedroom or care giver’s room makes it convenient to feed and check on the baby. If a separate room for the baby is not on the cards, then one can select and decorate one corner of any other room (say, parent’s bedroom) as the baby corner.
The baby room should be minimalistic. Utility of the crib should be kept in mind. A simple baby cot/crib with comfortable bedding is sufficient. A rocking chair can be brought in as it relaxes and creates a soothing motion for the baby during breastfeeding.
Baby proof the house by removing sharp objects and hazardous materials from the vicinity. A baby monitor to track the baby’s movements is a good idea. One should keep essentials like feeding bottles, breast pumps, nipple cream for the mother, diapers, baby health book, multiple spare baby clothes, towels, emergency number logs handy. These arrangements become even more important In nuclear family or family without a caregiver.
Make sure that your house is tobacco-smoke free, as it is known to cause multiple disorders in the new-born.
With pets, extra supervision is warranted. Ensure that they are introduced to the baby smell.
When you have guests in the house make sure they wash their hands before holding the baby. Plan and time in advance all expected visitors.
Keep your calm, baby-proof your house in advance, buy those essentials and keep safety measure handy. This will help reduce last minute unpreparedness and panic and make the whole activity of bringing your baby home a joyful one.