Don’t Lose Socks
Baby socks are pretty tiny, and it is annoying when you lose one in the washing process. So wash socks in a delicates or lingerie bag. Then they will be kept all together, and it will be much harder to lose one.
You need to get plenty of stain remover in the house. From projectile vomit to poop, there are going to be lots of different stains that you’re going to have to deal with. When your baby is a little older, it will be food and juice stains, as well as things like crayon and marker. So one great way to always have a stain remover in the house is to make some yourself. Using two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dishwashing detergent, you can make your own stain remover. Use it on the carpet; use it on clothes. One thing you’ll learn is that as a new mom, you’ll spend a lot of time cleaning and doing laundry!
When babies are first born, they take a little time to adjust to life outside of the womb. So it is a good idea to create a similar environment for them. Things like ‘baby wearing’ in slings is part of that. But it is good to help them to sleep and to self-soothe where possible. White noise is going to be your new best friend! So you might think about looking for the best baby sound machines to invest in. Then you can just press play, put it in the nursery, and leave it to do its thing. Things like the vacuum cleaner and washing machine can also work to soothe a new baby to sleep.
I am yet to find too many newborns that enjoy taking a bath. One of the worst parts of the process is getting them out of the bath. The air will be cold on their delicate skin, especially after being in a warm bath. So heat up a towel on a towel rack or radiator before getting your little ones out of the bath (Just make sure the towel is warm and not hot.) It will help a lot with the after bath screams.
To avoid losing things like scratch mitts or mittens, it can be a good idea to sew a couple of stitches into them. Attaching mittens to a coat or mitts to a onesie will mean that even if they get them off, they won’t get lost. There is nothing more annoying than having lots of mismatched mittens!
This is a collaborative post written by a contributing writer.