Thursday, 8 August 2013

Home Improvements for Pregnant Women

There are a zillion things to be done before baby arrives in your life. Among them are home improvements that will help mom and baby. Chances are that if you already have an older child you have a somewhat baby ready home, but if it is your first baby you can pack safety and baby friendly features in your home through some valuable home improvement renovations. It is advisable to get the renovations done well ahead so that pregnant mom-to-be won’t get affected by the disturbance and hazards of home improvement. 


First Steps 
First you need to make a systematic list of the changes you will introduce in your home’s structure in preparation for baby. This list can include changes to be implemented, budgets, designs, and shopping lists. Then you can begin shopping for the required items and even source out contractors who can undertake heavy duty work which can help save your time and money.

Nursery Addition 
You can either change an existing spare room to a nursery or build one, using the services of building contractors. Discuss requirements with the professionals who can advise you about the best materials, designs at no obligation. Then when you get the estimate you can go ahead with creation of the nursery.

When you plan the nursery keep in mind the area, wall color, windows, and doors. Insulation is important as both mom and baby need to keep warm in the winter. Windows, and doors, can be insulated against weather and sound. Walls need to be painted in pleasing colors and the paint should be non-toxic as it will come into contact with baby’s little hands at a later stage when baby grows into a toddler.

Now with the latest technologies pregnant moms have the option of sound proofing the nursery as baby needs to be in peaceful and quiet surroundings. Acoustic insulation can be used to shield baby’s room from outside noise. The furniture that is included should be baby safe with no sharp edges or toxic paint and should match safety standards.

Baby Proof Living Areas 

Keeping the house baby safe is a big part of home improvements that a pregnant mom should ensure. It is better to include changes that focus on safety than delay it for later. The busy routine as your infant grows will leave no time for home improvements and baby will get in the way at the creeping stage.

Baby proofing list should include: 
 ·         Including baby safe electrical sockets 
 ·         Addition of baby safe gates at crucial areas 
 ·         Ensuring safety of windows 
 ·         Keeping away furniture items that can be pulled down or cause hazards 
 ·         Keeping away toxic items such as cleaning liquids and lock medicine supplies 
 ·         Replace any locks that can cause baby to accidentally lock 

Additional Changes 
Window treatments can be done to help darken the room if baby needs to sleep. Bright sunshine entering the room can disturb baby and mom so add thick curtains that can be drawn during nap times. Screen doors can be added to the nursery to allow views and keep pets out.   

If your home does not have enough space for a nursery it is a good idea to build an extension which includes a bathroom, which could serve as an additional bedroom suite later.  You can use the services of professional building contractors and they will create your nursery so you will not be burdened with the stress. You can benefit with their use of energy efficient and durable materials that will last. The changes should be made to create a baby friendly environment all around the home. It is wise to have pregnancy related renovation done thinking long term for it to be a value addition to your home.

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