- Sally Norton
How to Clean Your Home Before Your Baby Arrives
Updated: Aug 18, 2022
When it comes to being a parent, everyone says you can never fully prepare for what's waiting for you. However, there is something you're in control of and can get properly ready - your home! One of the most important things to do is to thoroughly clean your home before your baby arrives. Because they are so small and young, almost anything can harm them or affect their immune system during this vulnerable stage of their lives. To help you ensure your home is spotless and ready for your little bundle of joy, we've consulted cleaning experts and gathered useful tips. Of course, it goes without saying that these are more intended for your partner, friends, family members, or anyone else helping you.
Make sure your home is clean before your baby arrives
During pregnancy, and especially in the last few weeks of it, most women experience what is known as 'nesting,' which is an inclination to clean and prepare for your baby's arrival. Take advantage of this sudden rush of energy and desire to clean by completing your baby preparations.
It's essential to get everything in your home ready and spotlessly clean before your baby arrives.
You won't be able to keep your house as clean for a long time once the kid is delivered; therefore, do it while you can. However, you definitely shouldn't do this alone. Keep light tasks and order giving to yourself, and leave the rest to your loved ones. Or, even better, reach out to professionals who'll do the work while you sit back and relax. After all, cleaning your home before giving birth is similar to spring cleaning, and you need to save your strength.
Declutter & organize
Before you get to cleaning, a good idea is to first declutter. This is especially useful if you're relocating to your new home, too. Relocating while pregnant can be even more stressful, so it's essential to have help during this. In fact, you should rest and focus on choosing the perfect color for your baby's nursery.
The need for extra storage space comes with the new baby, so to make room, get rid of anything you no longer need or use. You can even consider having a yard sale and selling all items that are in good condition, but you don't need anymore. This is a good way to earn some extra cash you'll need for different baby equipment. Or, if you're too sentimental to let go of some things, you can always rent storage and free up as much space as you need in your home.
Now that you've decluttered your home make sure to organize and keep everything baby-related close to hand. When you bring your infant home, the last thing you want to do is waste time looking for misplaced things. Sort everything into drawers, closets, and boxes with labels.
Ask your partner, a friend, or a relative to help you with decluttering and moving boxes.
One simple but very effective strategy is to have a basket filled with baby essentials in each of your primary rooms for easy access. For example, prepare a basket with shampoo, diapers, wipes, q-tips, towels, and baby lotion in the bathroom. Or invest in a basket with toys, books, diapers, wipes, a changing station, and other basics for the living room.
Make sure your home is dust-free
Dusting is a good way to start your cleaning spree. The easiest way to go is to dust one room at a time, and you can even vacuum each one after it's finished. Use a damp microfiber towel and dust from left to right, top to bottom. You can tie the cloth over the head of your broom if you're working above your head and don't want to step on anything.
The damp cloth will limit the number of dust allergens released into the air and the amount that lands on you. Remember to clean the tops of doors, fans, light fixtures, picture frames, and all of your other knick-knacks and photo frames! Use a microfiber cloth with a little glass cleaner or quality dish detergent to avoid streaking.
The next step towards making your home spotless is vacuuming. Again, you can have standard cleaning done by pros but if you prefer to do this on your own, keep in mind that you'll need to be thorough. Make sure to vacuum your furniture (and underneath it, too).
Get your carpets cleaned
You can't have a clean home without clean carpets, so this is the next important thing to do before your baby arrives. As weird and bizarre as this might sound, dirty carpets can actually obstruct airflow in your home. The last thing you want is to bring a newborn into such an environment.
Professional carpet cleaners will remove dust mites, germs, and other allergens. This will make it easier for your family to breathe and lower the risk of colds and other illnesses.
Clean your windows
Natural light is good for everyone, especially for your newborn. Therefore, make sure to wash those windows and doors, inside and out, with a good window cleaning solution and a squeegee. You can rip old bath towels into manageable-sized cloths. One should be wet with hot water and a good dish detergent, while the other should remain dry. If you wash with one and dry with the other, there will be no streaks.
Deep clean your kitchen and bathroom
It goes without saying that your bathroom and kitchen should always be as clean as possible. In order to keep the in good condition, they require monthly, if not weekly cleaning. Make sure to tackle all surfaces as, if not cleaned properly, these areas are perfect for mold and bacteria to grow.
Before your baby arrives, it's especially important to thoroughly clean your kitchen and bathroom(s).
This makes hiring deep cleaning services, not just the easiest but also the safest way to go. Cleaning professionals are trained and know exactly which products to use in order to get the best results. We won't even mention how much time this would save you! \
We hope our article helped you clean and prepare your home before your baby arrives. All that's left for us to do is wish you the best of luck in what will be the most exciting chapter of your life!