As your pregnancy progresses, it’s common for mums-to-be to tap into their nesting instinct. This is completely normal and just a part of who we are as women, so embrace it! To help you through this natural phase of pregnancy, here’s how to make the most of it and use it to create a safe environment for your baby.
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What is nesting?
If you’re feeling a strong nesting instinct, pregnancy is definitely the cause! Nesting during pregnancy is when soon-to-be mothers feel the desire to clean and organise their home. It’s usually stronger in the last trimester of pregnancy, when you know your baby will soon be coming home and is based on the desire to create a safe place for your little one to live and grow.
The symptoms of nesting are pretty simple: you’ll feel a strong desire to organise your home. This could be anything from doing a top-to-bottom deep clean, or simply organising the baby’s nursery. Pregnant women nesting often feel the urge to do different things, but it all amounts to the same thing: you want to create a protective space for your child!
When do you start nesting?
Although, as we said, it’s more common towards the end of pregnancy, nesting can happen at any time throughout those wonderful nine months. When you feel the desire, no matter how many weeks into pregnancy you are, welcome the feeling and act on it. It may not last forever!
Nesting while pregnant
The nesting stage of pregnancy usually coincides with the start of your maternity leave, as it’s often during the final weeks before you give birth. It can be a great time to really knuckle down and start preparing your home for its newest member of the family. Here are some tips you can use as inspiration when creating a baby-friendly home during your nesting period:
- Clean out the junk: getting rid of old, unnecessary items is a great way to make new room for everything the baby will need. From clearing cupboards for their nappies, to getting rid of that old chair where you can fit a changing table instead, it’s a great way of making much-needed space! Remember to ask for help when you need it.
- Safety first: Anything that could harm your baby, such as cleaning materials or small objects that could be choking hazards, should be either moved somewhere safe. Lock dangerous substances in a cupboard and baby-proof your home to avoid accidents. Remember to store nappy bags away from your baby’s sleeping area, and consider removing the cords from window blinds or tying them up.
- Wash everything: cleaning everything from rugs and cushions to bedding and clothing is a great way to keep irritation on your little one’s sensitive skin to a minimum. Use baby-friendly products, such as Persil Non-Bio detergent and hypoallergenic fabric conditioners like Comfort Pure.
If you feel the instinct of nesting during pregnancy, use it to your advantage and make a beautiful, spacious and clean house for your baby to come home to. Always remember to stay safe – avoid climbing ladders, lifting heavy items, or tiring yourself out; that won’t do you or your little one any good!
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