Preparing for a Baby Nursery
5 Useful Tips When Preparing for a Baby Nursery
As the time for a new baby’s arrival approaches, many new mothers feel that overpowering urge to nest. It is at that moment that lots of them, including myself, turn in the direction of the nursery and have the urge to dive into the fire of creativity! This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you approach it. Though it’s been a while since I had my baby, recently, I was reminded by an expectant friend just how powerful the nesting instinct can be! While it keeps an expectant mother busy, the nesting instinct can also play havoc with all the worries and concerns that new moms seem to instinctively carry around with them.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when the nesting instinct guides you towards preparing your
1. Safety first!
It’s important to make sure that you baby proof your infant’s room, as well as the rest of your home. True, it may be a while before you have to worry over them crawling around and getting in to trouble, but it’s never too early to be thinking of the future. Childproof the baby nursery by closing off unused electrical outlets and getting child locks for drawers and cupboards.
2. Choose a crib that is safe for your child.
Their head must not be able to fit through the slats of a crib and a safety bar should be attached to it, as well. Always keep the safety bar raised to prevent your child from falling out.
3. Keep the items you know you will need close by.
Nighttime feedings, diaper changing — it will all become a normal part of your routine. In order to help yourself out, especially in the middle of the night, keep all the lotions, diapers, and wipes in one location by the changing table. This will alleviate your stress and keep you efficient when you encounter an overly ripe diaper!
4. Paint the room before the baby arrives!
For many moms, this seems like a simple one, but all too often, time gets away, and suddenly the baby’s arrival is a week away. Be sure to have taken care of that part of the decorating early so that the paint fumes have time to dissipate.
5. Choose a theme for the baby room.
Your baby will be happy just being with you, but some moms like decorating the baby nursery with a theme.
That might mean just choosing coordinating colors for the bedding, or it could mean using a specific baby room décor. It used to be that the standard colors for girls and boys were pink or blue. Parents are no longer limiting themselves to those two options any more. Yellows and greens can work well for either a boy or a girl, and putting murals and designs on the walls of the room give the nursery that kid friendly touch, making it a relaxing environment for both baby and parent.
Having a new baby is an exciting time and there is so much to think about. Try using the above tips to guide you when it comes to preparing your
child’s nursery, and hopefully, your experience will be one that you look back on fondly.
Isabelle Lori, a freelance writer, who strives to provide valuable insights for parents looking for information about the hectic world of child rearing.
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