5 Keys to Nesting: Prepping Your Home for a New Baby
By Brandi Jeter Riley, Mama Knows It All. Brandi Jeter Riley is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
It wasn’t until the end of my second trimester with my baby boy (my second child) when it finally hit me that I was bringing another human into my home – again. That's when the baby nesting commenced.
I cleaned and disinfected every nook and cranny, shampooed the carpets and tossed unnecessary clutter in the trash. I worked hard to make room for my new addition. By the time I finished cleaning and rearranging furniture, the entire place felt airy and spacious. It was the perfect place to bring a baby home to.
Once my home was ready, it was time to get down to the fun part of baby nesting – gathering everything my little one would need. After all the decluttering I did, I knew I didn't want to add a bunch of things she wouldn't use, so I stuck to some longtime baby classics. And unlike when I had my baby boy, this time I kept things simple, because when I really thought about it, I only really needed a few key items during the first months of my daughter's life.
- Diapers: The one thing that I know for sure about babies is that they will go through a ton of diapers. Whether you are using cloth or disposable diapers, they're a must-have if you want to be prepared for your baby. I also keep DESITIN® Rapid Relief Cream: Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream with my diapers so that my little guy doesn't ever have to deal with the discomfort of diaper rash for too long.
- Bathtub (and bathing products): One of my favorite baby care tasks has always been bathing my babies. There is nothing more adorable than the look on their faces when they had their first baths. You'll want to make sure you have a bathtub, washcloth, hooded towel, and JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® Baby Wash in your stash when you're nesting.
- Onesies: Babies will need a lot of clothes for all their changes. They poop. They spit milk out. They get hot. I never knew what to expect from day-to-day, so I made sure I was all stocked up on onesies just in case. After a nice bath, rub on some JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion*, put on a fresh onesie and baby will feel brand new again.
- Swaddle blankets: I use swaddle blankets for everything! Believe it or not, they’re not just for keeping baby warm. They're nursing cover-ups, a play area for my son's tummy time, and even act as a “shield” when I toss it over my shoulders to burp my boy. There's nothing a swaddle blanket can't do. You won't regret having a ton of them around so that you can use them whenever for whatever.
- Books: It's so important to talk to your baby regularly in order to encourage learning, but I found that I ran out of things to say sometimes. Having a ton of books to read to my son has helped me to continue engaging him even when I'm not sure what to do.
Brandi Jeter Riley is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®