Have you ever heard of “nest syndrome“? It is that sort of craving that takes future mothers, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy, and leads them to want to prepare a perfect house for the arrival of their baby.
From the bedroom to the clothes, from the change to the baby food corner: everything must be perfect. With this article we want to help you creating a child-friendly home, making it truly functional but also stimulating, without forgetting safety!
Nest syndrome: preparing your home for the arrival of a newborn baby
In this first phase of life as parents, the key word is functionality: you can take advantage of the last months of pregnancy to rearrange the spaces so that they are ready to welcome your baby.
In order to have a child-friendly home right from the start – make sure to:
- Adapt your room, removing unnecessary cluttering objects, adding the cradle and dedicating a corner to the night-feeding position;
- Place the changing table in the bathroom, providing it with everything needed to make changing and bathing easy;
- Set up an armchair, a rocking chair or a sofa with everything you need for breastfeeding during the day.
- Clear the entrance to your house, so as not to get in the way when you have to come and go with a pram or a stroller.
- Furnish the bedroom, even if it will be used later. If you already have another child, make sure to divide the spaces and involve him in the renovation: this will help him to face the birth of his little brother
If you want even more detailed tips on how to fix the different spaces, you can find them in our article on returning home after childbirth!
Other useful and functional ideas, to be put into practice when he may be older, are for example dedicating specific bathroom and kitchen spaces to his products, or using the walls vertically (through for example shelves) to free up space on the floor, or finally, to hide objects that are not yet or no longer suitable for the child in a wardrobe or closet. All this helps to maintain order… which is always essential!
Child safety at home: what can you do?
When a child is about to arrive, one of the main concerns of parents is that of home safety. Unfortunately, the statistics are clear: domestic accidents are very frequent, also for babies, and can have serious consequences.
With this, however, we do not want to put you on unjustified anxieties: on the contrary, we want to help you have a truly child-friendly home – where he will be able to live in peace, without danger to his safety.
Obviously, depending on his age, there will be different precautions to be put into practice. Here we summarize the main ones, related specifically to the furnishing of domestic spaces: some refer to the newborn, while others are suitable for older children.
- When choosing the cot, make sure that the bars are at least 29,5 inches high and that the spaces between them are 2,3 inches at max.
- Lock the wardrobe doors and drawers that can be reached by the child, especially in the kitchen.
- Put corner protectors on furniture and socket protectors to prevent him from getting shocked.
- No to curtains in the bedroom or in the playroom. In the other rooms, be careful and keep the curtain ropes out of reach.
- Put safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
- Move the objects that you have on the low shelves of the furniture that could be dangerous if grabbed or dropped by the child.
- Attach tall bookcases to the walls.
- Use a specific cabinet, out of the reach for the child (preferably up or locked), to store detergents and toxic substances.
- Never leave chairs, stools or similars near to tall pieces of furniture or to the balcony railing to prevent him from climbing.
- Attention also to some poisonous ornamental plants: poinsettia, rhododendron, oleander, belladonna and aconito.
For more tips on child safety in the home, please read our article on preventing home accidents in children.
Montessori child-friendly house to stimulate the child
A child-friendly home must not only be safe and functional: it can also be organized in such a way as to stimulate its psychophysical development and autonomy. The teachings of the famous pedagogist Maria Montessori can direct you in this sense.
Here are some ideas for having a Montessori child-friendly house where your little one can move freely and exercise his skills:
- Insert small furnishings that are within his reach and that he can use independently (for example, a table, a chair at the entrance where you can sit to remove your shoes, a low hook where you can hang his jacket).
- Build or find a transportable step, with which he can reach what would otherwise be too high (for example the sink or a door handle). It is important that the object is stable but easy to handle, so that it can use it alone.
- Choose a Montessori bed as an alternative to the classic one with the sides: it is a very low bed, on which the child can get on and off independently without the risk of getting hurt.
- In the playroom, place few activities that are clear, attractive, meaningful and well organized. Use shelves or open lockers at child’s height and assign a precise place to each object, to stimulate the habit of tidying up.
So, in summary, the home environment must be first of all functional, to simplify the management of daily life, but also safe, to prevent accidents from occurring at home. Do not forget, however, that you can also promote your child’s motor and cognitive development, with a few simple precautions.
A real child-friendly home follows his growth, always offering the best possible environment: with our suggestions we are sure that yours will be perfect!