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How to get your home ready for kids

By Andrew Bell

If you're a homeowner and you're about to have your first baby, it's simultaneously a time of great joy and trepidation. After all, babies can get up to all kinds of mischief and you will probably have to do a lot of childproofing before you're fully ready to welcome your new child home.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some suggestions:

Prep your bedroom

It's generally recommended that you sleep in the same room as your new baby for the first year or so of their lives, though sometimes it can be as little as six months, according to Raising Children. But getting the room ready for a little one is about more than just putting in a bassinet: You'll also need to make sure you keep your room at a comfortable temperature and have a nearby place you can quickly and easily change nappies.

Don't forget bath time

Your baby will have very different bathing needs than you do. That means you'll need to invest in a specific bath setup — including ultra-soft towels for their sensitive skin — so they can stay healthy, happy and clean. The good news is you can bathe your baby in a tub or even a kitchen sink as long as you thoroughly clean it first.

Keep low areas safe

Again, once babies are able to move around on their own, they can get up to all kinds of misadventures. Parents.com recommended being proactive now about baby-proofing any areas little ones can access from a low point. That means putting covers over wall sockets, making sure cabinets and drawers have locks or straps that a small child can't get around, and placing hazardous materials like cleaning products on high shelves. The reason to do it now is simple: You simply won't have as much time or energy to do it after your rug rat arrives.

As your family starts to grow, the time may come to move to a bigger home more suited to your needs. To start this process off on the right foot, you need an expert on your side. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we have guided countless buyers through the sales process with ease, and we can do the same for you and your family. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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