Upgrading your home? Preparing for kids? Here’s what new parents will need.
We know: when you’re moving from couplehood to parenthood, there’s lots of preparation and change – that’s why we’ve compiled these tips to help you make a smooth transition from being a couple to being proud parents. Here’s what you need to consider for your home…
First off, look at your home
Your house is such an important consideration when you’re planning to have kids – think the size and location of your home. If you’d like to have a big family, an upgrade from a two-bedroom flat to a five-room one might be in order.
In addition, think about the location of your stay – is there a school you’d like your kids to enroll in? You might stand a better chance of getting a placement if you live within close proximity!
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That said, we know you might not want a large family or you might not be thinking of moving. How can you accommodate the addition of kids then? Here’s where smart planning comes in. For instance, consider converting a walk-in wardrobe or a guest room to a baby’s room. Or, just make a simple and non-costly switch to a bigger-sized bed to make room for a baby.
Pre-planning is even better: For young couples, if you’re unsure when you’d like to have a child, furnish your guest room with non-permanent pieces that can be moved around, so that when the time comes to convert the space into your baby’s abode, it’ll be easy to move things around!
Baby proof your home
So you think you want a child? We recommend starting to baby proof your home before your baby arrives. Veer away from buying furniture with sharp edges so that your little one doesn’t get hurt, and avoid glass furniture like tables and glassware that could be easily damaged.
Another thing – little ones are always curious about the world, playing with what they can get their hands on and climbing on surfaces when there’s the opportunity to. That means you have to ensure that your shelves are hinged to the wall so that your little ones are kept safe, even if they start climbing where they’re not supposed to.
Effective appliances for your family needs
Up three times a night to feed your newborn? Waking up at six every morning to take your kids to school? Parenthood requires a lot of time spent on taking care of your little ones, which is why upgrading your technology can help to make your job easier, by reducing the time you need to spend doing the chores. For more efficiency, greater capacity, and better hygiene technology, here are three of our favourite family-friendly picks from Bosch.
The 9kg front loader washing machine is excellent to put all your clothes in for a non-noisy wash. The ActiveOxygen tech also kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, and we are all about cleanliness when it comes to the littlies. Also, babies tend to have sensitive skin, so this anti-bacterial technology is perfect for keeping clothes clean without having to use harsh chemicals. Once the laundry is done, pop it into the 9kg heat pump dryer for a quick yet gentle spin. Bosch knows how tedious it is to clean your condenser, so this low maintenance dryer saves even more time with a self-cleaning function.
Another essential appliance to upgrade is your fridge – you’ll wanna keep your food super fresh! Plus, new parents are always starved for time, so what you need is a fridge that you can use to stock up on groceries (and a freezer big enough to store all the breast milk and baby food your child needs). Bosch’s side-by-side fridge and freezer has a large capacity to keep enough food for the whole fam, complete with energy-efficient performance.
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This post is in partnership with Bosch.