Setting Up a Nursery for a Newborn
Making your baby’s room just right is an important task. This is the place where your baby will spend the majority of her young life, and it’s where you will do most of your initial bonding. Although the room needs to be highly functional, it should also be comfortable with a calm and soothing atmosphere. Not only does your baby need to be comfortable and happy in her room, but so do you, especially since you will be spending a lot of time in there, too! If you haven’t got your baby room set up yet and the due date is fast approaching, get started with the following tips.
Pick the Colour
The colour you choose for the walls in your baby room can achieve many things: it can make a small room look bigger and vice versa, as well as set the mood in the room. Although some people use the traditional blues and reds for a boy’s room and pinks and purples for a girl’s room, it is becoming popular these days to go for a gender neutral colour such as green, yellow or white. The most important thing to remember when painting the room: it is not a job for pregnant women! Paint releases a lot of potentially harmful chemicals into the air; so if you are pregnant, get someone else to do the actual painting.
Get Some Furniture
Baby rooms need very specific furniture. First and foremost, there is the crib. The crib is obviously going to be the focal point of the room, so you will want to take your time picking just the right one to go with the décor you have in mind for the room. The changing table you choose should go nicely with the crib, and provide your baby with a comfortable and safe place to lie while you change her. The table should also have plenty of storage for things like extra nappies, wipes, cloths, lotions, ointments and onesies. A comfortable rocking chair is also a key piece of furniture you will need for the room, as you will want somewhere to sit during those long night feedings.
Your baby’s room doesn’t need to be completely decked out, but many parents like to have a few things here and there to make the room seem cosy. Popular decorations include wall decals, name signs, stuffed animals, mobiles, flowers, pictures and paintings. Remember that these decorations are mostly for your benefit, as your baby won’t be able to appreciate them for a while after she’s born.
Stock Up on Baby Supplies
Once all the furniture and decorations are where you want them, it’s time to get to work stocking up on all the baby’s supplies that you will need to have handy. This will include baby clothes, more nappies, blankets, soft toys, books, a play area, a baby monitor, a diaper disposal and any other products that your baby will need. Basically, you will want everything in place before the baby arrives otherwise it will be chaos!
Clean the Room
Newborn babies don’t have well developed immune systems yet, so after you are done setting everything up in the room, you should give it a thorough clean. Remember to use natural cleaning products as well because commercial cleaning agents can leave harmful toxic residues.