Whether you are just starting your plan to adopt or if your baby is on the way home, most likely your mind is filled with all types of thoughts about how things will be once baby is actually there with you. That being said, there is also an element of uncertainty and fear, as well as disbelief that this is REALLY happening to you. After all of those years of trying to have a baby, then going through the adoption process, your dreams may actually be about to come true. If you are expecting your baby at any moment now, you feel like the windows of Heaven have finally opened up and showered down this wonderful blessing that you are nervous about receiving.
While it may not seem real, it is, and before you know it, you will be the proud parent of a happy, beautiful baby. Yes, it has probably been one of the most laborious and emotionally stressful processes in your life, but now is the time for you to jump for joy and prepare for your new baby. You may actually have some strange feelings that almost seem to stop you in your tracks when you get ready to do something in anticipation of your baby’s arrival. Truth is, those feelings are not strange at all. Most new parents start to question themselves, their lives, and their abilities when their baby is almost here. You just need a little boost, a nudge of reassurance to get moving. A perfect way to get motivated for your new bundle of happiness is to start to prepare your child’s nursery. Whether you will create a nursery from scratch or you have already reserved a space in your home, these spring cleaning tips will help you to make your baby’s new room welcoming and safe:
1. Dust like never before. Take the time to get into those little cracks and crevices where dust bunnies hide. Also, wash all window treatments and bedding, which can also be dust culprits.
2. Make sure that all air duct filters are cleaned out. Babies can develop allergies if the air is not clean.
3. Paint the walls well in advance. Do your best not to wait until the day before baby is to arrive to pull out the paint and brush. Plan your nursery, its colors, and theme. As the nursery goes from plan to reality, you will start to feel great and excited knowing that your baby will enjoy his or her surroundings also.
4. Do all of the glass cleaning and, if you live in a cooler climate, you may consider making sure that the windows are well insulated to block out any drafts.
5. Keep safety at the forefront of your nursery plans. Outlet covers, childproof locks, and safety devices will help for you to feel more comfortable with your child being in the nursery as they start to grow. Remember, your infant will not be a “baby” forever.
6. Ensure that all nursery equipment is properly installed or assembled. This will give you peace of mind knowing that baby is being well protected.
7. Take care of flooring and floor cleaning. Whether you decide on hardwood floors or carpet, make sure that the floors are clean before baby arrives. You don’t want to bring your baby into an environment of too much noise and unrest. As your baby settles in, then, start doing some of the “noisier” tasks, such as running the vacuum or floor cleaner around the baby.
8. Enjoy this time and, especially, when your baby gets there!
The moments that you will share with your baby will make all of your efforts worth it. As you and baby sway on that rocking chair, instead of fears and unbelief, your mind may be filled with hopes and dreams for your child and your family.
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