When your first child is on its way, there’s plenty of work to be done.
Total understatement, right?
However, it’s easy to forget some of the essentials when you get caught up in the days and weeks leading up to delivery day. Avoiding simple headaches at home ensures that you actually get to enjoy your time with your child, although it does require a bit of planning in advance.
For example, if you’ve never had a baby before, you may not fully understand the realities of setting up a nursery.
Thankfully, doing so is relatively straightforward and doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a log. That being said, you need to make sure that your baby’s sleeping space includes the essentials that are easy to overlook.
The following amenities are absolute must-haves for ensure that comfort of you and your new bundle of joy.
Babies need optimal conditions when it comes to getting their rest. This requires you to take control of the lighting in your nursery, as pesky rays of light and shining lamps can interrupt your child’s sleep quality.
While there is no one single solution for lighting, you may consider a combination of options such as soft lamps and subtle nightlights. Likewise, you may want to invest in a new pair of blinds so that you don’t become overly reliant on artificial light yet still have the flexibility to block it out. Blinds are relatively cheap and can be made even more affordable thanks to this Blinds.ca promo code.
Keep It Cool
According to research, the best temperature for babies in terms of sleep sits somewhere between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on where you’re living, you’re probably going to want to invest in a crib-side fan in addition to paying close attention to the thermostat.
Have a Humidifier on Deck
In an effort to avoid a stuffy nursery, a humidifier is a solid investment that can double as a white noise machine to keep the room at peace. Make sure you check your nursery for any signs of mold before moving your child in the room in the first place as a humidifier could potentially worsen such symptoms.
Obviously you’ll need a crib for your baby’s comfort; however, what about your comfort? A lounging chair with a back cushion is an absolute must for cradling and ensuring that you’re okay with sitting for long periods of time. While such a chair doesn’t need to be anything inherently fancy, it should be somewhere for you and your guests to relax.
Blankets and Soft Surfaces
Crucial to comfort and playtime, having plenty of soft surfaces around helps avoid bumps and bruises when your child is outside of the crib. There’s no need to keep your child constantly wrapped in blankets: instead,rather keep them comfortable and try to keep them out of direct contact with hardwood floor or carpet.
Watch the Corners
Similarly, corner protectors are a great idea if you have any storage solutions (think: drawers or your changing table) which may have sharp edges. These can be installed on the cheap and won’t devalue your decor.
Do You Have a Diaper Pail?
Trust me: you’re not going to want to constantly haul diapers in and out of your nursery. This is especially true when your child first comes home. Purchase a proper diaper pail in addition to some smell-fighting solutions (such as a cinnamon broom or odor-neutralizing trash bags) to avoid any needless back and forth when you’re in diaper-changing mode.
Setting up your baby’s nursery should be a joy, not rocket science. Plan ahead and make sure that your baby’s sleeping space is ready for the unexpected when delivery day finally arrives.