Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in life – and yet it also comes with a host of planning and learning needs as you start this next chapter of life. One of the more fun things to plan can be your baby’s new room. Planning and decorating your nursery so it is perfect for the new arrival can be a joyous task, and yet it’s also one that you want to get right! There are many essential parts of a nursery that you might not have considered, so here are some of the key elements for you to tick off and ensure you’re providing the best environment for your newborn.
It’s super important, but easy to forget as you can’t see it! Getting the temperature right in your baby’s nursery is vital. You’ll want to make sure the central heating is well-tuned to the perfect temperature, and that the crib isn’t placed too near a radiator where it could overheat your precious baby. If you live in a warm area, it’s also worth investing in a quiet fan for those hot summer nights, to keep your baby comfortable! Plenty of blankets will also help you to regulate temperature.
The crib is where your baby will spend a huge amount of time, so getting the right crib with all its accessories is super important! Buying new will ensure your crib meets all current safety standards – for example, the gap between slats must be narrow enough that your baby can’t get its head trapped. It’s also worth researching other requirements like crib mattresses and crib bumper safety so you can be sure you’re making the right decisions. Finally, gorgeous mobiles are a brilliant addition to keep your child entertained and stimulated whilst they’re in their crib.
This is one that many people forget to consider, but a gentle night light is an absolute necessity for your baby’s room. Humans are naturally nervous of darkness, and plunging your baby into total blackness at night is a sure way to keep them awake and afraid. Night lights for babies counter this with a soothing glow that will calm your baby, providing enough light to relax them whilst keeping the room dim enough to encourage sleeptime. The best color to use is a soft red light, as this encourages the body to produce melatonin, which will in turn help your baby get to sleep without fuss.
A Place for You
The nursery isn’t just for your baby! It’s also a place for you to nurse them and spend time with them. A nursing chair is important, and it will help to place it in a ‘mom area’ kitted out so you can relax and feed your baby as easily as possible. Consider a comfy rug, a cushioned reclining chair, and a little table for you to place snacks or a cup of herbal tea on. You could even go all out with a small bookcase so all your favorite reading material is within arm’s reach of you and your baby.
As your baby grows, you’ll want to provide them with all sorts of toys, games, and other materials – and you’ll need somewhere to store all these items! You don’t want the mess to simply spill out across the floor, after all. Easy access is key, so canvas open-top storage boxes are a wonderful option as they will allow you to tidy up quickly and easily. Some of them even come in little shelving units so you can slide them away and keep the room neat when the toys aren’t in use. Who says it has to be difficult?
Finally, as delightful as your baby will be, you’ll have to engage in that activity that all parents sometimes dread – nappy changing. It’s alright to acknowledge that it isn’t the most pleasant task, as much as you love your children! Having a changing table set up to the right height in your nursery will help you to address any nappy issues as quickly as possible, rather than having to carry your baby throughout the house to get to a changing place! Being a new mom is a joyful experience, but it is also one that will leave you tired and sleepy. In order to make the most of it, it’s key that you create an environment that makes your job and your baby’s life as easy as possible – so you can spend more time enjoying each other’s company!