Ideas For Cleaning When You Have A New-Born Baby
In the months running up to the birth of your baby, you’ll likely be considering the process itself, where all the new bits of furniture will go, as well as what you need to buy. What you probably haven’t thought about too much is what happens when you actually get home from the hospital and your life begins with your bundle of joy. Somehow you have to maintain a normal home and household whilst nurturing a tiny baby.
Nothing can prepare you for the sleepless nights and new experiences, but you can anticipate their coming. You can also expect people to come to you to visit, which can be a very stressful experience for a new mother or father. You want people to meet your newest family member, but at the same time you don’t want to welcome them into a dirty house! That’s why I thought it might be helpful if I shared my tips for cleaning with a new-born baby; here are just a few:
Buy Quiet Cleaners
When you finally get baby off to sleep, the last thing you want to do is to wake them up by turning on the vacuum cleaner. Brushes, steam mops and carpet cleaners will become your new allies; they’re also less hassle to get out and put away. If you have five minutes spare, you can quickly do the kitchen floor before you take a nap yourself.
Get A Nappy Bin
You’ll be changing quite a lot of nappies in the coming months so make sure you don’t accidentally leave one lying around by getting a nappy bin. You can put this next to the changing table and empty it whenever you get a moment to do so. This saves you from having to take the smelly ones straight out to the bin.
Use A Dishwasher
Your normal routine will be slightly out of kilter, so rely on appliances to help you out. A washer/dryer will reduce the amount of time transferring clothes from one machine to another, and a dishwasher will also be very useful for clean plates and mugs. The amount of time it takes to unload the clean items will certainly be less than it takes to do all of the washing up by hand; this can feel like a mammoth task if you only do it once a day.
Ask For Help
Finally, one of the best pieces of advice I can offer you is to ask for help. Whether you want your mum to help you with the laundry or a professional to tackle your kitchen and bathrooms, it can take a massive weight off your shoulders. Nobody expects you to do it all by yourself anyway, and they wouldn’t expect it of you when you are so busy and tired!
If you prefer to clean your own way, see if your mum or dad will look after baby for a couple of hours each week so you can tackle the worst offenders yourself. They’ll be thankful for some time with their grandchild so it works in both of your favours.