What you need to make your baby’s nursery complete
Preparing for your baby’s nursery before your little bundle arrives is a big and exciting task. Getting what you need to make your baby’s nursery complete is an important time that will shape the environment that your little one will grow up in. Once the baby arrives, you won’t have time to rearrange the room and redecorate until they are a bit older. Choosing the right furniture, wall colour, art pieces, other essentials, and installing safety features takes a lot of thought and effort. Use the following information to help guide you in preparing what you need to make your baby’s nursery complete.
Include all the essential furniture
The right furniture in your baby’s room will make a difference in how efficient and welcoming your baby’s room will look, feel, and operate. There are a few essential pieces of furniture that are a must-have in making your baby’s nursery complete. The crib is usually the first piece of furniture bought because it’s typically what the whole room revolves around. All eyes go to the crib when they first enter a baby’s room. Some choose to start with a bassinet and that works, but starting with a crib is also acceptable. The crib is extremely important because its where the baby sleeps and gets accustomed to their room because they spend the most time there. Choose a crib that is convertible. A convertible crib means that as your child grow, the crib will accommodate growth and change. These cribs have movable parts such as railing that can be lowered or raised, or completely removed and replaced with other parts. When a baby gets older, some parents opt to hold off on a buying a bed and instead lower the mattress and install a short guardrail in place of the original railing. This usually begins when a child is nearing three years old. When choosing your crib be sure to include a firm mattress and padding for around the crib.
A changing table is another essential piece of furniture in making your baby’s nursery complete. A changing table is almost like a countertop except that its main function is to provide a place to change your baby. Changing tables come in many styles, shapes, and varieties. Choose a changing table for your baby that has storage like cabinets and drawers so that you can have ease of access to supplies when needed. The changing table padding should be firm and comfortable for your baby and should have curved edges for the safety of your baby. Make sure that the changing table doesn’t wobble, and that the changing pad isn’t sliding. Babies can be very squirmy when it comes time to change their diaper so make sure that the space is secure and safe.
Including a rocking or gliding chair in your baby’s nursery is the icing on the cake. Not only is it functional for the day in and day out of feeding and soothing a baby, but it’s a great place to relax and catch your breath. Choose a chair that is soft and comfortable, and don’t forget that in the beginning the chair is mostly for your benefit and comfort. Make sure that you have the proper back support and armrests that you will need when feeding, soothing, and putting your baby to sleep. Eventually, the chair that you choose can also turn into a special reading time chair where you can make a lot of wonderful memories. It’s important to choose a chair that slides or glides, and reclines so your baby can calm down with the gentle movements of the chair and so that you can maximise comfort for you and baby.
Smart wall choices
Choosing the perfect wall colour for your baby’s nursery is important for creating a soothing and welcoming atmosphere for baby and you. Choose pastel colours for your walls like light pink, light blue, lavender, aqua tones, ivory, and neutral colours. Avoid choosing wall colours that are too stark or bright. It’s okay to use contrasting colours for a pop of fun and brightness, but painting an entire wall in an extremely bright colour like neon shades, can cause anxiety and unrest for both baby and you. Instead, use colours like Kelly green for pops of color which can be in the form of pinstripes on the walls, either horizontal or vertical, or wall decals. You can also opt to use washable wallpaper in the baby’s room which lends itself fairly well for any messy situations that can and will occur. Look for paints that are non-toxic and choose a colour, or a couple of colours that will compliment your baby’s nursery and make it look complete.
Art and sentiment
Aside from painting the walls, choosing art pieces to decorate the walls is what makes the room look and feel fun. You can go with a playful vibe and include art in the form of pictures or walls decals that depict child-like displays such as animals, forest scenes, or clouds. You can also decide to go for a simplistic or vintage look for art decor in your baby’s nursery. You can create a very simple yet elegant nursery by framing any artwork or prints. Don’t overdo it with any decorations because the room will look small and cluttered. Choose a few pieces that will highlight and shape the theme of your baby’s nursery.
For decor around the room, choose pieces that have sentimental value, or pieces that are made by those who love your baby and will be close to them. This makes the baby’s room seem much more “homey”, and welcoming, especially as your child grows older. This can be in the form of hand-sewn pillows, hand-painted crafts, pictures, and stuffed animals. Sprinkle a few of these pieces in and around the room to make it seem like home and to remind yourself of everyone who loves you and your baby.
There are so many choices you can make to make your baby’s nursery complete and some items can really be a life-saver. One of these extra essentials is a white noise machine. Baby’s love to hear background sounds because it helps to soothe them and put them to sleep. Most baby white noise machines carry sounds of a mother’s womb to make the baby feel safe and secure, but there are also other sounds that can be used like the rushing of a waterfall, or the sound of a trickling stream. Some of these noise machines also project different lights onto the ceiling for added comfort and fun, and can even double a night-light. Another great addition to your baby’s nursery is a mobile that hangs above the crib. Many cribs now come with mobile attachments included and installation is easy. The mobile will be sure to keep your baby preoccupied and they are a great tool to help your baby start recognising differences in shapes, colours and sounds.
Having a beautiful baby room is a wonderful project to accomplish, but above all else, make sure that your baby’s nursery is safe. Including safety features will give you peace of mind as your baby grows and as you take care of your tot. A night light is an important feature to include because it provides a guiding light for you in the wee hours of the night so you don’t stumble when you’re feeding or putting your baby back to sleep. It also won’t distract your baby and wake them as opposed to turning on a main light. Make sure that all baby supplies like powders, lotions, and cremes are safely locked away or stored on high shelves. Don’t place the crib near the window and make sure that your windows are latched, locked, and secure so there is no risk of any unfortunate accidents. Also, make it a priority to cover all electrical outlets with plastic covers.
Make it your own
Even though the nursery is ultimately for the benefit of your baby, it’s important you create a room that you will enjoy. Choose colours, furniture, and decor that will make you feel relaxed and happy to spend time with your baby in the nursery. Plan and prepare what you need to make your baby’s nursery complete and then enjoy the journey.
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