There’s a lot to consider with the prospect of having a new baby in your life, and home updates are just a tiny part of them. However, preparing your home in the best (and safest) way for a new arrival is essential to ensure that your home living remains the best it can be.
- Increase the Size of Your Bathroom
Your bathroom – which may once have been a relaxing haven for those stressful days – is going to change when you introduce a family. Not only will you need lots more space for all your family’s things, but you’ll need more room to move around, such as when bathing your baby and helping them with their bathroom routine. Not to mention, you’ll be fighting over who uses the bathroom first when the kids get a little older.
So if you’re looking for an essential home improvement investment, consider your bathroom a priority. Especially if you only have a bathtub, it may be good to also install a shower (even if it’s just an over-the-bath option) to give you an easier way to clean quickly.
- Consider the Style of Your Fireplace
A working fireplace is a great feature for a family living space, especially during periods such as Christmas. Gathering around the fire as a family for a cosy night in can be very relaxing, and an attractive feature for any room. When you’re starting a family, you’ll want the safest and most efficient option for a fireplace. Balanced flue fires can easily be fitted in any position, offering an energy-efficient option and which uses the latest safety features, perfect for any growing family.
- Why Not Try Open Plan Living?
Having an open plan living space can be hugely beneficial with a new baby or when raising a family. Having everything easily accessible in one place and having more room to move around makes managing a newborn a lot easier without having to move from room to room. It’s also perfect for keeping your family in sight when you’re cooking, for example, if the kitchen, dining and living area is all one area.
- Think About Your Flooring
Your new baby or toddler is going to be crawling around a lot, and the chances are that you will spend a lot of time down there on the floor with them. You should, therefore, make it as comfortable as possible for everybody.
If you currently have hard wooden flooring, consider placing soft rugs down in the main space, or you could even have a new carpet fitted.
- Embrace Smart Technology
Updated technology can be a great help when you have your hands full – quite literally. Features such as voice control mean you can easily control your home from any room while juggling the responsibilities of parenthood, as well as smart technology helping to make your home that little bit safer for you and your family. Light control features and speaker systems may also be beneficial in setting the mood for your child, whether to relax them or send them off to sleep.