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Can You Baby-Proof Your Life?

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When you become a parent, your life changes dramatically – not for the worse, but it still means that you need to adjust to a new pace and new requirements. Needless to say, you’ve probably read through a few pregnancy and motherhood books to guide you through the critical transformations in your body. But having a baby brings a lot more than a few physical transformations in your body and your home. It’s a completely new lifestyle that you need to embrace. From ensuring that you give your child the best changes for the future to creating a home that is safe and exciting for them to grow up, you need to baby-proof your entire life. Becoming a parent changes you. Your best chance of success in this new role is to embrace the change and make sure that it works for both you and your baby. Here are the essential things you need to consider to make your life baby-friendly.

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There is no right and wrong

As a new parent, you are faced with decisions that you’ve never taken or even considered before, namely how to help another human being to grow and turn into a good person. It’s a lot of responsibilities, and at first, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed by the possibilities. What should you and shouldn’t you do when raising your child during the early months of their life? Books and experts can’t agree on the best approach to follow. Some mothers swear by breastfeeding while others find it uncomfortable and prefer baby formula. Some parents want the baby to sleep with them in the bedroom, while others prefer the baby to get used to their own room as early as possible. Ultimately, you need to be aware of the available choices so that you can decide what is the best for you and your baby. The first step of baby-proofing your life is understanding that there is a choice and that with each decision comes a consequence.

Okay, there are a few wrongs you need to know about

In reality, even though you’ve got the freedom to make the decision that suits your family best, there are still a few mistakes to avoid when it comes to good parenting. Knowing the traps to avoid is useful to baby-proofing your life as smoothly as possible. Would you guess that the most common mistake of new parents is to panic? Why it seems reasonable to be worried about the health of your baby, especially as babies can be difficult to understand at first, you need to learn to approach things with a relaxed mind. Otherwise, your baby is likely to pick up on the anxiety. Additionally, your baby will cry out at the first occasion. It doesn’t always mean that there is something wrong: Babies have no other way of communication. Of course, you need first to assure yourself that your baby is clean, fed, and healthy! Check this handy list to find out more.

Reduce the use of chemical products

You know that you need to keep a spotless home when you’ve got a baby. But what you may not have thought about is the kind of cleaning products you’re using. Indeed, a safe household should maximize the use of organic and natural cleaning products, meaning that you don’t need to lock your chemical products out of the reach of children; you need to get rid of them instead. Safe cleaners can be tricky to find, but labels that include handling warnings and outlined ingredients are not baby-friendly despite marketing claims that they might be organic or eco-friendly. You can also make your own cleaning products at home using baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice and gentle soap.

Protect their privacy

Babies may be young, but that doesn’t stop them from having a right to privacy. In other words, you might want to protect their image and ensure that they can grow up safely without aggressive or harmful exposure. If you live in a busy traffic area, you might want to stop strangers from being able to see inside your home, using a fence or a residential window film from Fletch Window Tint. Additionally, you might want to consider data protection, especially in the way you choose to share photos of your baby online.

You need to make a nursery room

So you might have been dreaming of building a gym studio inside your home or finally getting your trendy home office, but ultimately you need to give your baby priority. When you have a baby, it’s essential to create a room for them. Your nursery room will have to contain a crib and a variety of bedding. But it’s also the place to store diapers, clothes hampers, nightlights, baby monitor, baby toys, and the rest of your baby gear.

Change your diet

If you decide to breastfeed your baby, you will need to do more than buy breastfeeding bras. You need to adjust your diet altogether. In other words, if you were waiting for the end of your pregnancy to start eating all your favorite snacks again, you might have to postpone your guilty pleasures a little longer. As breastfeeding demands up to 500 calories per day, you will need to eat nutrient-dense foods to fuel your body and your baby too. You should stay away from processed foods as they deliver high sugar intakes and unhealthy fats that you don’t want to share with your baby.

No more TV, it’s time for books

Finally, babies develop their mental abilities through their interactions with the external world and with their parents. As a result, it is essential to make sure that you can bring stimulating activities into your bond. Reading a book to newborn and young babies helps your infant to get used to the sound of your voice and to increase the feeling of intimacy between you. But more importantly, it boosts your child’s brain power from a young age, by developing an appetite for reading. They assimilate more vocabulary and even mathematical skills.

Having a baby is a life-changing experience that you need to embrace to make it work. Make your life safer, friendlier and more baby-focused to help your child grow healthy and happy.

 

 

45 thoughts on “Can You Baby-Proof Your Life?”

    1. No problem! I really wish I had known some of this before my first pregnancy, and I truly hope it reaches the right people.

    1. Thank you! I have to keep cabinet locks for the chemical cleaning supplies, I’m hoping to make the full switch to toxic free this year!

  1. Becoming a mother totally transforms your life. with motherhood the new mother, and indeed the entire family, needs must to re calibrate our priorities in the interest of the baby.

  2. Not yet a parent here but I will be glad to share this especially to future and expectant moms. I love how you share everything in one post. Very helpful and informative. Being a mom is indeed a very hard work.

    1. It really is, and I wanted to make sure that people know exactly what they’re getting in to!

  3. I feel identified with this post I am a mother of 2 children one of 9 and another of 18 months, being a mother is the best thing that happened to me in life and of course it takes a lot of organization by the way thank you to share it

    1. I’m so glad you agree! It’s always nice to hear another mom say they understand where I’m coming from.

  4. It’s so interesting that worrying can affect your baby. But I can totally see that. I’m sure it can be hard to stay calm in some situations.

    1. Oh, it truly is, but somehow having kids is like I have this magical filter where I have to stay calm because I need them to be okay.

  5. I love this! I was like that with my little one. I protected her so much I didn’t share many photos. BUT it’s funny how other people wanted to take photos of her and some would share on social media – I had to ask others to take them down. lol

    1. I’m so sorry they weren’t respecting you! That’s the hardest thing to deal with. I ALWAYS make it a point to ask the parents, even my nieces and nephews. It’s more than just privacy, sometimes there’s legal stuff going on you don’t know about.

  6. Great tips! I remember baby proofing our home. There’s so much to plan for when having a baby.

  7. So many things come along with being a new parent, it can be overwhelming. Doing the best you can is all you can do.

    1. Hopefully, this post serves as a sort of “guide” to let expecting parents know what they’re getting in to!

    1. We definitely set ourselves up for failure with all of our expectations. I wish it was easier to understand that everyone’s vision of “perfection” is different.

  8. These are all such wonderful tips. I personally don’t have children but do have a lot of friends who have or will have soon. They would really appreciate this. Your list is amazing. Thanks 🙂

  9. These are really great tips, parenting does teach you lots and I end up living it by just going with the flow ty o be honest my son still watches TV and gets time for books too.

    1. My kids have wayyyy more screen time than they should. I’ve recently gotten them a swing set and play house and other yard toys so they have incentives to spend more time outside.

  10. These are great tips. I admit, my kids did watch a lot of TV when they were tiny, but eh. Life is short. They had books too! I just used regular Lysol with my kids and they turned out okay. Like you said, there’s no right and wrong, so long as your baby is happy and healthy!

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