Are you expecting to have a new baby sometime soon? Congratulations! There is no greater joy than bringing your baby home for the very first time. If you’re going to be a new parent, you probably don’t have much experience in preparing a baby’s nursery. But don’t worry about it. Preparing the nursery can be a lot of fun and a great way to keep yourself occupied while you anxiously await your baby’s arrival.
Let’s take a look at everything you should be considering and all the things you’ll need to do to get the nursery all prepared for your little one.
Preparing the Room
Before you start buying furniture and toys, it is important to pick the right room for the nursery and get the room prepared. A room that has natural light and is close to your bedroom would be ideal so that you can check on your baby throughout the night while they sleep. A room with a window would also be great because natural light and fresh air are very healthy for babies.
Next, you want to think about paint, wallpaper, lighting, and flooring. You could also go for a themed nursery if you have any particular idea in mind. Some people prefer bold themes like jungle animals or outer space, while others prefer a neutral space. We suggest that you stick to light colours if you follow a theme. Bright colours can be too stimulating for little babies and cause them trouble with sleeping.
When it comes to lighting, soft and indirect light is great. Your baby’s nursery shouldn’t be dark and dreary, but also not so bright that all the light hurts the baby’s delicate eyes. If you can, get a dimmer switch installed on the ceiling lights and get some lamps for the room as well. The windows should have drapes that are easy to draw and shut to control the amount of sunlight in the room.
Lastly, you want to think about flooring. Hardwood floor or tiling is a good option for the baby’s room. Although a carpet can look and feel homier, it can trap dust, dirt, and hypo allergens which can cause health problems for a baby since they have weak and developing immune systems. Instead of a carpeted floor, you can get small area rugs that can be cleaned easily.
Getting the Right Furniture
The next step to prepare your baby’s nursery is to find all the right furniture. The most important piece of furniture you’ll need is the crib! Shopping for a crib can be lots of fun, and you have so many different options for crib styles, materials, and colours. Ensure that the crib you choose meets safety standards and has a safe enclosure mechanism to avoid any accidents. The mattress for the crib should be the right size and have a snug fit. A great tip is to have a plastic sheet on the mattress underneath the fitted sheets. This will keep the mattress protected in case of any nappy mishaps.
The next important bit of furniture you need to get is a changing table. The table should be of a comfortable height for you to stand and change the baby on and have a changing pad or towel on it so that the baby is comfortable too. Also, it is a good idea to pick a changing table that has guardrails on all sides.
The crib and the changing table are the most important bits of furniture you’ll need. But you can buy lots of additional things to make the room feel just right. A bassinet is a great place for your baby to rest. You can also get a chest of drawers and clothes hampers, as well as an armchair or a rocking chair to sit in while you give the baby their bottle. Of course, you may also want décor items, picture frames, and lots of toys, even though the baby will probably not start playing for a few months to come.
It’s possible that you’re too tired or busy to go shopping and visit a bunch of different stores while you’re getting ready for the baby to arrive. A great online site to get the furniture for the baby’s nursery is gimmie.com.au. Be sure to check it out and see if you like any of their collections.
Take All the Safety Precautions Possible
And finally, you want to make sure that you’ve taken every safety precaution possible so that you never have to worry about your little one getting hurt. Some of the precautions you can take include choosing non-toxic, lead-free paint and varnish for the walls and furniture, making sure all the furniture is properly assembled with the correct hardware, and cleaning the room thoroughly and quite often.
Additionally, it would help to anchor the furniture to the walls to ensure nothing tips over and add coverings to any electrical outlets. You can use corner protectors on sharp furniture edges and tape down any stray electrical cables or wiring. You may also want to get a humidifier for the baby’s nursery so that the air is clean and fresh for the little one to breathe.
It would be good to invest in a baby monitoring system. Newer systems come with motion detection, night cameras, audio pick up, and speakers. This way, you can keep an eye on your baby while they sleep from any room in the house and won’t have to keep running up to the nursery to check on them. This is also a great way to get quickly alerted if anything is wrong or if your baby is ever in distress during the night.
You’re All Prepared!
Hopefully, now you have a good idea of how to prepare your baby’s nursery! Have fun with the process and try to get the room set up well before the little one’s arrival. Also, don’t forget to rest up while you can before the baby arrives. And once again, a huge congratulations on the new baby!