Written by Stacey Kelleher.
Whether you’re welcoming your first baby or your fifth, the first few weeks with a newborn are exhausting. Between frequent feedings and diaper changes, it’s hard to find the time – and the energy – to tackle your to-do list. But a clean home is important for you and your new baby. With a simple, basic cleaning routine, you can manage the mess and feel less stressed and more positive.
Why a Clean Home Is Good for You and Your Baby
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the growing load of dirty bottles, towels, and baby clothes. But research confirms an organized home is good for your mental health. People with clean homes are more active, less stressed, and more likely to get a good night’s sleep - that’s especially good news for tired parents!
Removing Germs Protects Your Baby’s Health
Your newborn’s immune system takes 2-3 months to mature. That means it’s especially important to keep a consistent cleaning routine that protects them from bacteria and viruses that can make them ill.
A Cleaner Home Means More Quality Time
A clean home also gives you more time to spend with your baby. Letting the house go only creates bigger messes that are tougher, and more time-consuming, to clean later. As our co-founder, Sean Busch, likes to say, “Frequent care is easy care.”If you spend a few minutes cleaning every day, you won’t have to spend hours tackling a mountain of laundry or deep-cleaning stubborn, stuck-on stains throughout your home.
Prepping Your Home Before Baby’s Arrival
When bringing home a new baby, Puracy’s veteran parents have learned that preparation is key. There are a few simple things you can do to make it a relatively effortless transition.
Sterilize Baby Gear
During the “nesting” phase of your pregnancy, sterilize baby accessories and gear that your baby will be using in the months ahead. This includes bottles, nipples, pacifiers, and teethers.
Puracy Natural Baby Dish Soap is ideal for any of these surfaces, since it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and it leaves surfaces free of tastes, smells, and harmful residues.
Organize Your SpaceYou’ll quickly learn just how much “stuff” your baby requires. Take some time to rethink your space and find storage places for the gear you’ll be using every day. This can include high chairs, swings, bouncer seats, bottle warmers, and baby monitors. Having everything handy and ready to go will make those first days go a bit smoother.
Wash Clothes and LinensWashing your baby’s clothes and linens before they are born saves valuable time – especially once you see how often you’ll be changing them after spit-ups and accidents. Puracy Natural Baby Laundry Detergent is free of dyes and fragrances, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.
Helpful Cleaning Tips for Parents with Newborns
Once your baby arrives, it’s time to streamline your cleaning routine to keep your daily chores quick and manageable. We’ve asked Puracy parents how they find time to keep their homes clean.
Split the Workload
Enlist every member of the family to help keep the home clean. Big brothers and sisters can help by picking up their clothes, washing baby bottles, and wiping down surfaces with eco-friendly cleaning products. Chores should always be a team sport, which is why we’ve created a printable chore chart for children of all ages.
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Make a Cleaning Caddy
Instead of storing all of your products and supplies in various spots throughout your home, a portable “cleaning caddy” will help you tackle every room. Include microfiber cleaning cloths, multi-surface cleaner, stain remover, and carpet and upholstery shampoo to make quick work of every mess imaginable.
Create a Schedule
Tackling your to-do list by room (or by task) makes cleaning much more manageable. Make a list of all of the cleaning jobs you do each week or month, or consider downloading our printable chore chart.
Choose Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaning Products
To streamline your chores, choose cleaners that are designed to work on a variety of surfaces. Narrowing down your products to just a few all-purpose, heavy-hitters saves time and money. Consider Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner: It’s safe for counters, electronics, glass, stainless steel, tables, toys, and more.
Hire a Professional
If you still can’t seem to get all of your household chores completed, consider enlisting a professional. Bringing in a house cleaner – even just once a month – can free up a few hours of your time. For parents with newborns, those few hours can be crucial. If it’s not in your budget, why not add semi-regular house cleaning to your baby registry?
Simplify Your Routine (and Spend More Time with Your Baby)
Here are a few more ways to make more time for your family’s newest addition:
Meal delivery services are a great way to ensure your family is getting the fresh and nutritious meals they need – without having to spend time cooking. Today’s services offer plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus. Here in Austin, Texas, our favorite is Snap Kitchen, thanks to their healthy options, high-quality ingredients, and sustainable packaging.
Puracy Cleaning Product Subscriptions
Cutting down on shopping trips is a priority once a baby arrives. To make sure you never run out of household cleaners and baby supplies, consider signing up for a subscription to Puracy care boxes to get all of your favorites delivered to your door at 25% off our regular prices. You won’t have to think about restocking and you’ll never run out.
Online Grocery ShoppingMost leading grocery chains now offer “shop at home” services so you can build your list online, clip digital coupons, and schedule a delivery or pickup when it’s most convenient for you. It doesn’t get easier than that (and you don’t have to worry about impulse buys)!
Choose Plant-Based Cleaning Products for Your Home and Family
As a family-focused brand, Puracy only creates products we feel confident using in our own homes. Plant-based, non-toxic, and full of naturally-sourced ingredients, our home and body products are safe for your family, pets, and the environment.
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