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Six Changes You May Need To Make In Your Home Before The Little One Arrives

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Guest post by Anita Ginsburg

When you finally get to take your new addition home from the hospital, you can expect a lot of changes to both your home and your life. You can also expect these changes to take up a lot of your time. Planning ahead of your baby's arrival allows you to focus more on your new family, and less on worrying about items or tasks you may have forgotten while preparing for your little one's arrival. This is especially important when it comes to the changes needed throughout your home for the safety and health of your family. 

    1. Fire

Three out of every five deaths that occur from house fires happened in homes that did not have a working smoke detector, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association. Before your baby arrives, you should ensure that every level of your home has a smoke detector, as well as an alarm outside any area where bedrooms are present. If you already have smoke alarms installed, check each alarm to ensure that the batteries are good and the alarms works. Continue to check the alarms once a month to ensure they're in good working order. Working fire extinguishers are also important, along with an evacuation plan for when a fire occurs. 

    1. Carbon Monoxide

You should already have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home, especially if you use natural gas or have an attached garage. If for some reason you don't have a CO detector, now is the time to get one. If you already own a detector, make sure that it's in working order with charged batteries if it's not hard-wired to your home. Continue to check the batteries at least twice a year to keep you and your family safe.

    1. Hot Water Heater

You should always check the starting and ending temperature of water, whether for a bottle of formula or when drawing a bath for your baby. You can also prepare now and lower the risks of injury by reducing your water heater temperature low enough that it will not accidentally cause burns to you or your baby. 

    1. First Aid

Most likely you already have a first aid kit in your home, but it's important that you ensure your first aid kit has baby-specific items in it. This includes items like infant thermometers, baby-strength medicines, saline drops, baby sunscreen, re-hydrating products and other medicines as recommended or prescribed by your pediatrician. 

    1. Baby Proofing

While the prospect of your baby crawling or walking may seem like a long ways off now, it will sneak up on you a lot faster than you think. Plan ahead now while you have time to act, and perform basic baby proofing. This includes items like padding sharp edges, baby proofing doors and cupboards and moving toxic or unsafe items out of easy reach. 

    1. Home Security System

A new baby quickly becomes the most valuable thing in your home, and like any valuable, it's important to take proper security steps to protect them. Consider having a professional security system installed. Consider additional upgrades like security cameras that will allow you to keep an eye on your baby even when not in the same room with them. You can also remotely turn off lights and lock doors with many security systems now. Read Northstar alarm reviews for more information.  

By taking action to secure and baby-proof your home now, you can spend more time building new bonds with your baby instead of worrying about the dangers that could be lurking in your home after their arrival. These simple steps go a long ways towards the continuing health and happiness of your growing family.


  1. I'm happy to say that since this will be baby #2, we're all set on those points. yay for being prepared!

  2. This wa a very informed post. I don't have kids, but I've spent a lot of time babysitting toddlers and they are much faster and sneakier than they look! I hope all parnts think of these things before the baby arrives :)