Cleaning and Organizing Your House before having a Baby
The days before your baby comes home can be quite hectic. So much to do, so little time! Where should you get started?
A thorough cleaning is most definitely essential, especially because you’ll lack the time to do deep cleaning and organization after the little one comes home. So, before getting a chance to hug and kiss your bundle of joy, try doing the following things to get your house ready.
Organize All of the Essentials
The tiniest member of your family is the one that will need the biggest number of items. In order to clean and organize the house, you need to have the nursery ready. Put away all of the purchases, assemble the crib and other furniture and finalize the decorations.
Do laundry one final time. All of the baby clothes have to be washed and folded before you welcome the newest member of your family. Keep in mind that cleaning the clothes of a newborn will necessitate gentle cleaning products that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances.
Choose the Right Cleaning Products
You may want to reconsider the use of certain products for household cleaning purposes. Some moms scrub and bleach just about every surface in the home but such practices could be harmful.
Harsh detergents and household cleaners can contribute to a range of health problems. Exposure to such products could lead to airway irritation and asthma-like symptoms, eczema and skin irritation, eye irritation, allergies and even poisoning.
This sounds harsh but don’t freak out! A very basic change will enable you to keep your house clean without jeopardizing the health of your baby. The market features many safe household cleaner varieties. These are either chemical-free or they contain substances that don’t cause irritation and health problems.
You can also make cleaning solutions at home. These are quick, easy and probably the safest option you’ll ever come across.
Don’t Banish Your Pets
In their attempts to sterilize the home, many to-be parents do everything in their power to keep dirt and grime out of the house. The measures may even involve banishing the house pets and finding them a new owner.
As we’ve already pointed out, excessive cleaning can actually be harmful. Maintaining the impossible standards of cleanliness in the long run is going to be impossible. In addition, newborns and pets can coexist. Studies suggest that kids raised together with pets are less likely to become allergic than the children raised in a home that’s maintained perfectly clean 24/7.
All that you have to do is vacuum clean the house frequently. A powerful vacuum that has a HEPA filter will keep the hair and the pet dander away from your newborn.
Prepare Yourself for Diaper Odor
Keeping your house smelling clean and fresh after the birth is going to be somewhat challenging. Even if you have time for thorough scrubbing, dealing with diaper smell could prove to be an almost impossible task.
Stock up on deodorizing products. A good diaper pail will also be needed to control odor as much as possible.
If you don’t want to opt for artificial scents, look into buying an air purification system. The appliance is going to help you get rid of the unpleasant odor and it will also be great for improving indoor air quality.
Wash the Windows
Get the windows cleaned, this may be the last time in a very long period that you’ll get the opportunity to deal with the task. Your hubby can handle the chore or alternatively, you may want to hire professional cleaners. Such services are quite affordable, they’ll save you a lot of time and give you impeccable results.
The final and probably the most important task is getting the house babyproofed. This step will typically have to take place when your baby begins crawling around and touching everything. Chances are, however, that you’re not going to have the time for babyproofing when the little one comes home.
Babyproofing could seem like an overwhelming task. When shopping, you’ll come across dozens of child safety products (some of them effective, others completely ridiculous). You’ll probably find it incredibly difficult to choose the right items and avoid purchasing all of the unnecessary contraptions.
When babyproofing, it’s very important to take a look at your house and identify the biggest safety hazards. Having a good idea about the ways in which your kid could be harmed will simplify the task of child proofing and doing everything necessary without going overboard.
By Cliff Derksen, owner of First Impressions Janitorial, a Winnipeg commercial cleaning company (www.firstimpressionsjanitorial.ca)