By Diana Smith,
If you’re expecting a new family member, it would be best to start preparing their nursery room as soon as you find out that you’re pregnant. That way you’ll have enough time to renovate, decorate and jazz up the room however you like. Of course, if you want to have a really specific color and theme you can start redecorating when you find out your baby’s gender. On the other hand, you can always go with colors such as yellow, orange and even light green since these are pretty universal. Moreover, a proper checklist will make this task a lot easier for you and the whole process will be a lot more efficient. Take a look.
The first thing you should pick a piece of furniture your baby will be sleeping on. You can go for a crib or a bassinet. There are special non-toxic baby cribs so don’t forget to ask for this information before purchasing. Make sure that the crib is not located too close to a wall. Further, the windows shouldn’t be right above the crib either. Another thing to remember is that you should keep the heater away from the crib as well. Together with the crib/bassinet, you’ll need a mattress as well as mattress protectors. After all, you never know what could happen. Essentially, mattress protectors are as important as sheets, blankets and wraps that can be secured so that the baby cannot move the fabrics.
Obviously, you’ll have to change your baby’s diapers and clothes in the nursery. This means that you’ll need an adequate surface to do all of this on. If you want to buy a changing table, go for it. However, you can easily get away with any flat surface as long as it’s sturdy and of appropriate height. Of course, if you’re not using a real changing table, you’ll have to buy waterproof changing mats. Also, don’t forget to place a laundry bin near the changing table/surface since you’ll have to go about this task fairly quickly and you can never leave your child unsupervised even if it’s just for a few moments.
As mentioned, you can use something else instead of a changing table as long as the surface is flat. Many parents opt for a smaller dresser where they already keep all the baby stuff. If you still want a real changing table, the dresser should be really close to it. However, turning the baby’s dresser into a changing table is a very smart idea since you’ll have everything you need at the reach of your hand – literally. Of course, you need to spice this room up a little bit. In that respect, don’t forget about wall shelves and toy boxes. These details will make the room come to life. You don’t need a ton of toys and decorative trinkets right from the start though. There will come a time when you won’t know what to do with all the baby stuff so try not to rush this.
If you’re planning to feed your baby in the nursery, you’ll also have to create proper conditions for this. There are a couple of ways you can bottle or breast feed a baby and they all require specific positions. That being said, a comfy armchair is a must-have for new moms. Moreover, you may want to use a foot stool as well. Next to the chair you should put a nightstand or a small table, so that you have all the feeding essentials close.
You may find it strange that there are décor essentials when the nursery is concerned. While toys and trinkets are just plain accessories that simply beautify the room, they cannot be called essentials. On the other hand, décor pieces such as rugs and curtains are must-haves for a nursery. Basically, curtains will protect the child from strong sunlight. Moreover, soft rugs will not only warm up the room visually, but will actually act as a floor insulation. Preventing the cool/warm air from escaping is essential.
It’s important that you take the nursery prep slowly. You don’t need and you probably can’t do everything at once. This will only cause additional stress which is definitely not good for a mother or a baby and you’ll risk the sloppy end result. Feel free to take your time to transform this room so that your child is properly welcomed, comfy, safe and happy from the day one.