A lot changes once you have a baby – your body, your priorities, your lifestyle, even your home. What was once a reflection of your likes now becomes a junk yard of baby's likes – i.e. toys, toys and more toys. And baby stuff. Bouncer, moses basket, changing table, nappies, wetwipes, more nappies. Here's a gist of the transformation your house will go through in the months following your little one's arrival.
Pre-baby: Home is where the art is (along with the expensive furniture, plush sofa, and crystal vases).
Post-baby: Home is where the heart is (everything goes topsy-turvy to accomodate that precious tiny being)
Pre-baby: Your living room looks exactly like that – a LIVING room. Comfortable, stylish, and how YOU like it.
Post-baby: The living room now looks like a nursery. There's the inevitable ABC-123 foam mat, a bouncer, a toy shelving unit, toy storage boxes, here a toy, there a toy, everywhere a toy toy… Once baby starts to crawl, your beautiful carved coffee table will be pushed to the corner making space for the new-crawler-in-town. All glass and breakable objects will immediately be put away.
Our living room now looks like a nursery
Pre-baby: Your kitchen had glass plates and other beautiful glass crockery.
Post-baby: Your kitchen has been overtaken by colourful plastic. The beautiful glass crockery is on some shelf so high up, you wouldn't even bother getting it down, and rather eat in a Lightning McQueen plastic plate.
The fridge has ABC magnets pasted all over it. Often, you will trip over a magnet or two.
Your kitchen cupboard will be stocked with Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Rice Cakes and Cheese Strings. Toddlers LOVE to snack!
Our New Crockery: Plastic apple-shaped plates and a Lightning McQueen plate
The fridge has become a source of education and nourishment!
Pre-baby: Your bedroom was your private space. With a bed that you retired to for a full night's sleep. Soft, fresh smelling bedsheets.
Post-baby: You now share your bedroom with a moses basket, then a cot. Then you share your bed with a squirming toddler who will kick you through the night. There's interrupted sleep, if any sleep at all. The once-fresh smelling bedsheets now smell like a mix of baby puke and toddler fart and have crumbs of biscuit on them. You don't have a pillow anymore; the toddler wants yours on top of his belly.
Pre-baby: Your bathroom isn't spared either. Scented candles and moisturising oils that once sat pretty on your bathtub are now replaced by yellow rubber ducks and other floating bath toys. And a bubble maker.
Post-baby: In two years, a conspicuous potty will sit pretty in your bathroom (overshadowing the classy tiles that were part of the £500 makeover you had done) and your toilet seat will be adorned with a baby toilet seat. So every time you pee, you'll see Mickey Mouse or Peppa Pig or Thomas the Train. Again.
Pre-baby: You used to be proud of your guest room. It was warm and inviting and classy, all at the same time. There wasn't much more than a bed, a wardrobe, a side-table and that expensive painting on the wall. Simple and elegant..
Post-baby: Now, it's a room where you dump all your toddler's extra/ forgotten/ stored-for-baby-number-2 toys. Alongside the once-well-made bed is his cot that he's too big for now. The wardrobe throws out baby stuff. There's more stored in a vacuum bag under the bed. Nobody notices that expensive painting any more because the rocking horse takes centre stage.
If you have any extra space in your house – a passage, a store room, the attic – it WILL get filled up with some baby-related object. And needless to say, there will be toys strewn around too. There WILL be toys. EVERYWHERE.
Yup, Little Man's the Boss, as his T-shirt says!
Walls could become colouring boards for your artistic toddler.
Every cupboard, cabinet and drawer in your house will have a child-lock.
Your house will look a perpetual mess. Sometimes more like a war-zone.
And, last but not the least…
ALL the walls in every room will be adorned with pictures of your baby.
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