The expectant feeling that dominates a family that would soon be welcoming a baby can sometimes be great and overwhelming. There is the need to alter everything in order to accommodate the little infant that would be bringing bundles of joy to the household.
In typical fashion in a Nigerian home, it is the home that adjusts to the baby’s need and not the other way around. The baby is like that new expensive football player that has just been transferred into anew club. The tactics and way of playing has to been changed to suit the style of the star player.
First, a baby’s crib needs to be put together with the mattress inside. A mattress pad and a tight fitting sheet on it are necessities. The bays changing station has to be arranged with everything needed and the washing of the items that will touch the bay such as clothes, sheets blankets, burp rags, cloth diapers, etc.
The cradle sheet needs to be cleaned and ready. It is important to put the cradle next to your bed. Stocking up on diapers is important as babies really can let go frequently at any time. A proper garbage pail next to the changing station is advisable so that the lid can be lifted with the foot. Extra garbage bags can be arranged alongside the presence of hand sanitizers.
For the baby’s skin, have lotion, balm and diaper rash cream alongside a laundry basket close because you will be changing the baby’s cloth a lot. Invest in laundry detergent that is dye and perfume free so as not to irritate the baby’s skin. If I is during the rainy season, you can have a wipe warmer so the cold wipes off do not upset the baby.
Rocking chairs and gliders can be invested in as they give comfort to both baby and who so ever is carrying it. This can come with a nursing pillow as well as having the baby’s clothes folded and ready in their dresser. Stock up on reusable breast pads and have them right next to your bras and nursing areas for quick changes. Sometimes there can be nipple sores especially if the baby is an over enthusiastic sucker, so it is imperative to have a cream at the ready.
Having a new baby can be exhausting and above all can make the mother very ravenous. Therefore having a stock of healthy snacks at your bedside or nursing station is very much good as well as keeping water bottles everywhere to mitigate against dehydration from nursing. In terms of entertainment, having books, laptops and iPad at your bedside nursing station is a good idea.
A clean home is a healthy home, so having a clean house naturally promotes good health there. Keep a change of bed sheets ready for night time leaks that can be frequent. Keep the fridge full of easy to make meals and snacks that are healthy and a supply of prenatal vitamins stocked up. For expectant mothers, ensure that you have mastered relaxation techniques so you are ready when labor starts.
For all their troubles and the constant need to be on alerts at all times, babies are bundles of joy that we all cherish and love. So as you spend time together with your husband, it is important to relish in the moment that life is about to change.