By- Diana Smith
If your due date is approaching, you probably have a lot of things on your mind – amongst those: the nursery. We all imagine the nursery as a picture-perfect pastel paradise, with a rocking chair next to your baby’s crib so that you can watch over them while they peacefully sleep. However, as you will soon learn, your nursery can be the prettiest room in the house, but above that, it has to be extremely practical. If this is your first baby and you’re not sure what all the things you are going to need are – here is a rundown:
You might want your baby to sleep in the same bed as you for a while, but they will eventually need their own bed, and experts say that it is good for children to learn that their parents aren’t next to them every moment of every day. So you are going to need a crib or a bassinet. People usually opt for cribs, because they are larger, so your child can sleep in it for many years. But just buying the crib isn’t the end of it: you will need a mattress and a mattress protector, because accidents happen with babies, sheets and blankets. Another thing that is included in the sleeping equipment, which people often overlook, are curtains. Thick curtains that block out the sunlight are imperative, especially when the baby is very young. After a while, you might want to replace them with lighter curtains, so that your baby can sync up with the natural day cycle, and make sure you add a dim night light so that you can see what you are doing after the baby is asleep.
Sure, changing tables have a place in this world, but that place just isn’t in most nurseries. You can change your baby on any flat surface, as long as you have a changing mat. A lot of people prefer to buy children’s desks and transform them into changing tables, because they will have a use even after the child grows up. But, since you will be changing your baby a lot, your back will thank you if you set up your changing station a bit higher. Many people will actually tweak their wardrobe a bit by removing a shelf and using the one below it as the changing table. It’s practical because babies have a lot of clothes and accessories, and you will also need space to put down all of the changing supplies, so keeping it all in one place is a good idea. Make sure you have a laundry bag or trash can with a lid, but don’t keep it in the nursery.
All the details
When thinking about what you need, don’t think about what looks pretty – think about what will make your life easier, and then find something that you like. You should have a comfortable chair for nursing or taking a nap alongside your baby, plenty of outfits, baby wipes, linen cloths and popular dummy clips so that you don’t lose them all in the first week. Also, a baby monitor so you can be at peace, latches for all the doors and drawers, corner guards for when the baby starts walking around, cotton bibs and nursing equipment are also a must.
Your baby will bring you a lot of joy, but there will be a lot of work, so make sure you make it as easy as possible for you to take care of all of the tasks at hand once the baby arrives and take some load off the back of future you. And remember – you are not alone and you can always ask for help if things get a bit too overwhelming.