I want to share with you a few tips and videos, to #GetTheWorldReady for your new arrival. It’s an emotional rollercoaster from the moment you realise you’re pregnant, that you’re about to bring a precious new life into the world. A life that will become your world.
When I first found out we were pregnant, I had to take twelve tests. It felt to good to be true, it felt amazing. We’d created a tiny human that would soon enough rock our world, shake things up and ruin a fair amount. It was a feeling of euphoria, I’ll never forget it, just like I’ll never forget meeting our children and holding their fragile bodies for the first time.
The following months saw my emotions flip from happy and confident, to anxious and worried. My biggest fear was something terrible happening to our wonderful gift and being unprepared. To a certain extent, these aren’t things we as parents have any control over. You’ll never be fully prepared for parenthood, but the one preparation you can do is get your home ready and safe for the arrival of your babe.
My nesting instinct kicked in randomly throughout each of my pregnancies. One moment I’d be stacking cutlery up for later, the next I’d be storming the house with Dettol, disinfecting every inch, including skirting boards and walls. I even took Dettol wipes to the hospital, I wanted everything to be sanitised and perfect before each babe arrived.
All of a sudden an overwhelming sensation of responsibility takes over you. I cried when I stared at their sweet faces, tears of pure joy. We didn’t sleep at night, not just because one baby hated sleep, but because if he did sleep we would watch him to make sure he was breathing. Both children were constantly monitored and car journeys were made with absolute caution. During any car journey for the first few weeks, we would stop the car regularly to check the baby in the back was OK. Becoming a parent certainly made me fear the worst about everything, even now.
Here are some heartwarming videos, they’ll either take you back to those precious days building up to the new arrival, or they’ll fill you with reassurance of what’s to come:
The World Ready For Your New Arrival, shares the excitement and apprehension of expectant mums preparing for their new addition to the family. From name-picking to decorating, and cleaning to taking classes, all new mums want to make the world a perfect place for their little ones’ arrival.
“Dear Baby, if you can’t tell by the bump, you’ll be here soon. While it’s still a bit unbelievable, the pain in my feet and back remind me it’s about to get very, very real. Love, Mum.”
Get The World Ready For Bringing Baby Home shares the thrill and relief of new mums welcoming baby into their home for the first time. With so much to learn about sleeping, feeding and changing, it isn’t easy. But mums can do it, and do it with all the love in the world
“Dear Baby, today’s the day you’re coming home. I’m so relieved, and terrified, and excited. All of a sudden, I’ve got this little life I’m responsible for. Love, Mum.”
The third film, Get The World Ready For Your Little One, shares the exploration and adventure when your baby turns into a toddler! Mums will pick up their little one when they fall down, and the little ones will learn to trust their mums to do so. Through the bumps and bruises, a heartfelt bond continues to develop, so you can take on the world, together.
“Dear Baby, welcome to the world. It’s big, and scary, and wonderful, and terrible, and amazing, and I’ve tried to get it ready for you. Love, Mum.”
I hope you enjoyed watching these videos as much as I did. Re-living some extremely special moments. Did they make you teary?
Top tips to #GetTheWorldReady for your new arrival
Whether you’re a first-time mum or you’ve been through it all before, a little help to get everything ready for your new arrival can go a long way.
No matter how clean your home is, it’s essential to take extra care when you’re preparing for the arrival of a new-born or have a toddler keen to explore. Adopting these simple hygiene habits will ensure that your home is hygienically clean and safe for your little one:
Nurseries should be kept free of harmful germs, especially in the first few weeks. Don’t forget it’s not just the changing mat and cot that can harbour germs but also frequently touched areas like the door handles and light switches. Dettol Anti-bacterial Surface Cleanser has no taint, no odour and no bleach and is suitable for use in baby contact areas.
Germ Free on the Go
From that first night in the hospital to the first trip out, keep car seats, highchairs and all your baby equipment germ free with Dettol Anti-bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes which kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and are great for hard to reach surfaces and on the go.
Keeping your hands clean, before and after handling your little one, is really important to make sure germs don’t spread. If you’re feeding, changing, or perhaps handling food or pets, try our Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System. It automatically dispenses anti-bacterial Hand Wash, after you place your hands under the nozzle to help prevent the spread of germs.
Added Laundry Protection
It’s not just re-used baby clothes and bedding that can harbour germs, new ones can too! While washing at low temperatures is kind to baby’s clothes, it doesn’t offer protection against bacteria which can survive below 60˚C. Using Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser alongside your normal detergent and softener to guarantee hygienic cleaning, even at temperatures as low as 15˚C.
In collaboration with Dettol, helping mum #GetTheWorldReady for baby with a range of anti-bacterial products that are suitable for use in baby contact areas.
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