Quick Tips to Get Your Home Ready for a Newborn Baby

When you’re preparing to bring your newborn baby home for the first time, making sure your house is ready for your new family member is a crucial step in this major life event.

The nursery will probably be the first room you think of when it comes to preparing, and for good reason—it’s where baby will spend lots of time sleeping, playing, and nursing throughout their first years of life. From the perfect shade of pink, blue, yellow, or animal print wallpaper, to a soft carpet for your baby to roam free, there are many factors to consider when designing a nursery room.

With so many nursery ideas on Pinterest and Instagram these days, it’s easy to forget the basics, like safe flooring and window treatments that create a comfortable, secure place for your baby to play, sleep, and grow.

The Best Flooring Options for a Nursery

When thinking of flooring ideas, Empire Today’s HOME Fresh carpet is a great option for both a baby nursery and kid’s room. With its soft, comfortable feel, HOME Fresh is the perfect carpet for crawling babies and wobbly toddlers. Not to mention, HOME Fresh is made with a premium padding attached, so the carpet won’t trap dirt, allergens, or moisture—helping keep your home cleaner. HOME Fresh also neutralizes household odors, resists stains and soil, and is eco-friendly to boot. It’s a carpet that will stand the test of time through the wear and tear of childhood in almost any room of your home.

If your style is more on the hardwood flooring side, there are plenty of safe and smart options for a baby room and other areas of your home such as the playroom or basement. Wood laminate flooring is durable and easy to clean, so it stands up to baby and toddler spills and messes. Vinyl plank flooring is another option that’s highly durable and easy to clean. It’s also a cost-effective way to add the realistic look and feel of hardwood to any room. Laminate and vinyl plank flooring are great options for kid-friendly homes that have the style and look many seek in hardwood flooring.

Good Sleep is Everything – Blackout Window Shades Can Help

Another important aspect to consider is your little one’s sleeping environment. Babies need lots of sleep, so having the right nursery curtains and blinds and shades to block out light will help avoid that sunshine and morning light from disrupting your little one’s nighttime and nap sleep routines. There are many types of shades and blinds to consider, so it’s important to find the right fit for your home and family.

A good option may be roller shades, which have fabric that allows as much or as little light into a room as you’d like. If you’re looking for full control of the amount of light coming into a room, real or faux wood blinds or honeycomb/cellular shades from Empire® offer optimal light control, with blackout window shades options for complete darkness in your child’s room. Honeycomb shades also help reduce noise levels from outside the home, for an added bonus to help your baby (and you!) sleep more soundly.

When it comes to the safety of your baby, cords on window treatments are a serious danger to be aware of. They can be a major hazard for small children, so definitely consider looking into cordless control options if your windows are in a place that‘s accessible to a little one.

Making Your Whole Home Safe

Speaking of safety, it’s also a good idea to think about baby-proofing your home so you can rest easy knowing it’s a safe place for your child to explore and roam free. For example, you can find edge and corner guards and bumpers for sharp corners around the home to protect against pointy edges that could seriously harm a little one. There are so many more things you can do around the house to create a safe environment for kids and to avoid unnecessary danger. Do an online search for other simple fixes you can make around the house (like covering up outlets) to keep your children safe outside of the nursery.

Preparing for a baby is such an exciting time in life, so making these changes early on will help you feel prepared and ready to bring your new family member home. Now enjoy that new baby and rest easy knowing your home is safe and comfortable for everyone!

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