Congratulations! You’re having a baby! There are probably a million things racing through your mind as you prepare to embark on this huge next step in your life. If you have started to search the internet for advice and tips you know that there are plenty of lists out there that tell you all of the things you should buy to prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy. But how should you prepare your living space?
Here are some important things to think about when you are preparing to add a human addition to your household.
- Nursery – Measure the room to make sure your purchases and gifts will fit. If you are painting, look for environmentally safe paint. Non-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint will reduce exposure to fumes that cause headaches, nausea and respiratory problems. Be sure to check if the tint is also VOC-free, as many tints are not.
- Water – In general, local drinking water is safe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the public municipal water supply and tests the water frequently, often daily. However the USEPA does not directly regulate private wells and the safety of tap water depends on the condition of plumbing in the home. Before you put tap water in your baby’s bottle, make sure you are fully informed about the current water quality in your municipality.
- Electricity – If you’ve noticed lights or appliances not working but have put off checking out the electrical system in your home, don’t put it off any longer. If you know what you’re doing, turn off the power and test the electrical wiring. You can also call a professional and have them check things out. Buy special plugs for electrical outlets and do not draw attention to outlets with decorative covers or nightlights.
- Stairs – Stairs can cause many injuries, for all ages and sizes. In addition to using baby gates, ensure carpeting on stairs is secure and that a handrail is attached securely to the wall or floor on all staircases.
Now that you know what to do to prepare your home you can focus on all the other things that will be occupying your time (and wallet) for the next 18 years. If you’re interested in leveraging your home to ease the financial impact of having a baby, consider a home refinance.
If you’re looking to get cash from your home to help pay for your newfound baby expenses you may want to talk to a Home Loan Expert and use a mortgage calculator to see how much you can save.
Your life is undoubtedly going to soon change, and all the planning in the world cannot prepare you for the best experience of your life! However, planning does help ease your anxiety, relieve stress and can make the journey more rewarding. Taking time to manage the little things before the baby arrives can take some weight off your shoulders when that time comes.
Note from Frugal Dad: Funny how having a baby makes us more aware of safety issues in our home. While we may be willing to live with outdated electrical systems, or a little mold found after buying a fixer-upper, having a baby suddenly makes those issues more pressing. A word of caution here: you can go nuts, financially, trying to prepare your house for a baby. Make things safe and sound, but remain practical.