As soon-to-be mothers, we know what it’s like to make space for a tiny, adorable version of ourselves. We do it through our bodies (is that bump getting heavier yet?) and through our hearts (by preparing to meet another person to love completely). And since the home is an extension of our motherhood, through that sacred abode as well.
It is no wonder that the nesting instinct goes into full gear during pregnancy. Do you know what it feels like? It is that itch, that gnawing desire to make the home perfect for the little one’s arrival. Sometimes the instinct can get so intense that it leaves the pregnant mother feeling overwhelmed. Where do I begin? What do I need? Do we have enough space?
But as with every other pregnant matter, let’s strive to make this process an enjoyable one. Here are a few tips to make nesting fun, relaxing, and productive:
Ask advice from seasoned mamas.
Especially for first-time pregnant moms, nesting can get complicated as a baby has very specific needs. What kind of bottle is best? Should I get a pack and play, a co-sleeper, a crib or all of the above? Which brand has the best onesies? Instead of trying to figure things out on your own, call up relatives who have gone through the same process or set up an online messaging group with mama friends. Since they’ve been there, done that and since you know them well, you can trust their advice and opinion more than Google.
Stick to the essentials.
These days the baby industry has a world of its own– there are so many brands, trends, and products to study and consider. The endless lists and blog posts on ‘Things Your Baby Needs’ make you realize that your baby will have so much more stuff than you.
But guess what? The truth is that you do not need to buy everything on the list.
Use the nesting period to purchase products that the baby will need during the first few months only… and not the whole year! Also, babies grow fast so you don’t need to buy a whole wardrobe for them. Sticking to the essentials will also ensure less expenses, more space, and a relaxed mama.
Don’t forget your own needs.
Mamas quickly forget that they have their own lists, too. You don’t want to be scrambling around the mall for the things you need while carrying a newborn in your arms. So prepare for yourself as much as you prepare for the baby.
Important items can include: nursing bras and nursing clothes, a breast pump, breathable underwear, frozen food, and yes, even books or scented candles to keep you sane on those sleepless days and late nights.
Spring clean your home.
As they say, it out with the old and in with the new. Especially if your space is limited (or if you embrace minimalism), you’ll need to clear out your home to make room for the new.
While you still have the energy, make an effort to thoroughly clean your home and get rid of all the things you don’t need anymore (which always ends up to be quite a lot). You don’t want unnecessary things lying around when your baby finally arrives. Deep cleaning and baby-proofing are important as well. After the spring-cleaning, you’ll feel freer, lighter and more ready to welcome the baby… and all the stuff that will come along with him/her!
Make it your family’s own.
Sure, Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, and magazines can serve as inspiration but don’t be pressured to follow the trends or create an exact replica of that nursery room you pinned. Every family, baby, and mother is different so breathe your own style and creativity into your space. Besides, your baby will need your care, attention, and love way more than he/she will need an organic teether or limited edition animal wallpaper.
So mamas, take advantage of the free time you have now and wholly embrace your nesting instinct. Prepare yourself on the inside and out for one of the biggest and most magical experiences of your life.
Your baby – and future self – will thank you for it. 😉