There is no reason to have to change your home dramatically just because you will be starting a family soon. There are small changes you can make to your home that a newborn can adapt to. When you plan to have to children you should make sure that you and your partner have the same ideas in upbringing such as; will the child stay in your room then move out after 6 months or do you plan on co-sleeping?
If space in your room is an issue then opt for a crib instead, they can be used on average until the age of 6 months, and then after baby outgrows the crib you can start to put them in their own room. If baby is going in a crib then this can be used up until the baby is 3 years old, the sides can be taken down when the child is old enough to get in and out safely. If you want you could also put baby in normal bed then put up side guards so they don’t roll or fall off. Make sure that the cribs has teeth safety rails as they will start to chew on the sides after 6 months, if not you can purchase protection so that it stays clean.
Make sure that all furniture with sharp corners has safety guards on them as babies tend to bump into tables and furniture a lot. If you have electrical sockets that babies can stick their finger into cover them to prevent electric shock because as baby starts to crawl it will be harder to keep up with him/her.
If you have a small house or flat then buy a changing station on wheels so you can move it from room to room, most of them have a bath concealed underneath so this comes in handy. Most of the changing stations will last until baby is 12 months and starts to outgrow it. Changing stations also come with plenty of storage so you can store nappies, wipes and toiletries in the same place.
When baby starts walking then it may be a good idea to have a fire guard for the fire place or back boiler. You may also need a stair guard so he/she doesn’t try and to climb up the stairs unsupervised. A travel cot or play pen is also a good option to keep young children in a secure place, these can usually be used until the child is 3 years old so a worthwhile investment.
When you buy a home it’s wise to think ahead to how a baby would fit into your lifestyle and choices of furniture and room arrangement. Knowing beforehand means you will spend less and not over buy unnecessarily.