Baby on the way? Have you thought about the nursery?
It’s time to start planning and thinking about setting up a nursery. There are lots of things to consider that will make the room perfect for you and your baby.
If you take care when you set up your nursery, you’ll find you are less stressed and more prepared for dealing with your little one. A little preparation before you bring your baby home will go a long way to making that experience one of the best things in your life.
To help you know how to get the room ready, we’ve put together ten tips. These tips will help you concentrate on the most important things so you can enjoy your baby even more.
1. Design Choices
Spend a little time thinking about the look of the room before you start buying things and decorating. Think carefully about your color choice. Make sure you don’t end up with clashing furniture and walls.
Don’t forget to add texture and images to the walls. Make sure you put something on the ceiling, too. Your baby will spend a lot of time on their back!
2. Creative Storage
No matter how big the room is in which you’re setting up a nursery, you’re almost certainly going to need to get creative with your storage. From clothing to diapers to bottles and toys, a baby comes with a lot of stuff.
Set up the nursery so that you know where everything is. Make sure the things you will need regularly are easy to reach. Use furniture and storage solutions to creatively “hide” everything you need.
3. Window Safety
Dark, heavy, blackout curtains or blinds are what you need in your nursery. The darker and quieter the room the better it is for your baby to sleep.
This kind of window treatment will also help keep the nursery cooler on a hot day if the sun hits the nursery windows. In fact, if it’s an option, choose a room on the north side of the house for your nursery.
4. Baby Proofing
You absolutely need to baby proof the room when setting up a nursery. Everything needs to be secure from curious little fingers and mouths.
Just as importantly, secure all the furniture to the floor or wall so that it can’t tip over. The same applies to rugs. Finally, secure any medicine or sharp objects.
This might seem overkill at the start but when setting up a nursery do so with the future in mind, not the present. It won’t be long before you have your baby out of the crib and slowly crawling around the room.
Add nightlights in the nursery. It will keep things dark enough in the night for the baby to sleep but give enough light if you need to check the baby.
Make sure the main lights in the room have dimmer switches. Place lamps around the room so that you don’t always have to use the main light. Use lower watt bulbs with warm color in the accent lamps.
6. Nursing Area
Set up an area of the nursery for nursing. Have a comfy chair to sit in. Make sure everything you need to nurse your baby is close to hand, too.
A nursing area will make nursing more pleasurable. It will also make it better organized and less stressful.
7. Sanitation Area
Sanitation is important when setting up a nursery. Keep the room germ-free by having a sanitation station with all your gels and wipes. Spray used, dirty surfaces when you are done changing your baby’s diaper.
Don’t keep used diapers or dirty clothing in the nursery. Have a container or trash can handy in the room for changing. But empty the container or remove it once you have finished.
Learn more about gel and liquid hand sanitizers. You’ll want these in places that are easy to access no matter what you are doing with your baby.
8. Play Area
Your nursery is going to quickly become the space that your baby plays in. It won’t just be for sleeping. Setting aside an area for play is part of the future planning aspect of your nursery.
Play is mostly going to be on the floor for a while. So, add soft rugs or carpet to the room. This kind of rug will also keep the room cuddly and warm as your baby starts to explore.
Think ahead and look for a spot that a toddler might have a small desk. Place toys and educational items in this area, too.
9. The Crib
Of course, the most important thing, other than your baby, that will go in the nursery is the crib. Consider purchasing a crib that you can modify or adjust as the baby grows.
Replacing your baby’s bed every time they outgrow it will get expensive. So, something that has the flexibility to adapt will keep your longer-term costs down.
Place the crib away from windows. Try to avoid putting it directly under the main overhead light in the room, too.
Choose a location in the room that is easy for you to access. If possible, choose a spot that allows you to get to at least two sides of the crib, if not more.
10. Stock the Nursery
Once you have got all the furniture, rugs, lights, and so on, taken care of, don’t forget about supplies. Use the nursery as a storage place for everything your baby needs.
There’s no point in storing diapers, clothing, and other things in other rooms. You’ll have to keep going back and forth between rooms at the most inopportune moments.
Make a checklist of all the things you need to stock up on. Have them in place before you bring baby home. A starting list would include diapers, lotions, wipes, sanitizer, and towels.
Setting Up a Nursery
As you can see, there are a lot of things to think about when setting up a nursery. This room is going to be the most important one in your baby’s life for a long time. Getting it right will make you and your baby feel better.
Concentrate on storage, access, and sanitation. Make sure you have all the supplies you need. Don’t forget lighting and the windows so that your baby sleeps well and is safe.
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