Maybe you’ve been thinking about expanding your family, or you have a new family member on the way. With so many changes happening to you and your partner and all those adjustments you have to make, one of the last things you’re thinking about is home remodelling, except for the obvious ones like buying a cot, a changing unit and decorating the kid’s bedroom.
With all those diapers, toys, lack of sleep and a total chaos when the baby comes, a few little things that you might not be aware of right now can save you time and nerves (both so precious when the baby comes).
Most importantly, those adaptations don’t have to be time and energy consuming. Check out some practical and creative solutions how to make your home more comfortable for your special newcomer and welcoming for guests of all ages.
Multifunctional spaces as toy storage
As you already know, the kid’s bedroom will not be the only room where your baby is going to play with toys, but have you been thinking about an extra storage in your living room, dining room or even a hallway? Multifunctional spaces like chairs, seat cushions, reachable shelves and tables where you can easily store toys, books, pull games and crayons are useful when it comes to tidying up without consuming too much space.
Washable and stain-friendly fabrics
Light coloured and beige furniture looks lovely and chic, but that touch of elegance and purity will vanish with the speed of light with your kid around. Choose dark colours like brown, striped or floral patterns and a woven fabric or microfiber, which is durable, comfortable and can be cleaned easily. When it comes to curtains, it would be best for them to be short and made of machine-washable material. Moreover, you might consider choosing a washable paint for your walls.
You should also choose washable flooring like wood, tile or laminate. You might consider buying a carpet, at least for your kid’s bedroom, but why not in the living room as well? With natural fibre rugs you can create a soft surface for your child’s play area and add warmth and comfort to your home.
No sharp edges
Edges are something that every parent worries about. It is important to keep your child safe when the crawling starts and especially later with all that running around the house. Circular-shaped objects keep your kid from bumping into sharp edges, which is why round edges are the first thing to look for when buying a coffee table.
Open space as a bonus
When we say kitchen, we’re not only talking about food preparation, but the place for relaxation and socialisation. And as your kid gets older, it’s a great place for you two to spend some quality time by getting your hands dirty, literally. Cooking together is fun, creative and educational.
With some kitchen remodelling you can make an open-space kitchen, favourably connected with the living room, so as to make a place that brings everyone together, perfect for your friend and family get-togethers or your cousins visiting.
Also, it would be good for you to have a few extra portable chairs with flexible seating which you can move around. Keep that in mind for family gatherings or kids’ birthdays.