Your little one is on the way and you’re getting prepared. For most expectant parents, that means setting up the nursery. You know exactly which room you want your baby to sleep in, but as you’re trying to make a list of what you’ll need, you draw a blank. If you were to search the web you’d find a ton of products that seem ideal to invest in. If you speak with anyone who’s had a child already they’ll tell you that many of the things they purchased, turned out to be a waste. Raising a child is expensive enough, so to avoid spending on the unnecessary, it’s best to keep this list of baby nursery essentials in mind.
A Place to Rest
Allowing your newborn to sleep in your bed may seem most convenient, but can present some safety issues at night. From accidentally rolling over on your baby to them suffocating from pillows and blankets, there’s a lot that could go wrong. So, it’s best your newborn has their own place to rest. Some parents opt for cribs while others prefer a bassinet for the baby’s first few months of life. Whichever you decide on, make sure you look for sites where the top cribs and best baby bassinets reviewed. This will give you a detailed idea of what the product is designed to do and whether it is or isn’t a good investment for your baby nursery.
A Diaper Changing Station
If there’s one thing you’ll be doing a lot of once the baby arrives it’s changing messy diapers. Laying them on the bed or another surface can be dangerous, to say the least. So, you’ll need a designated area in the nursery for changing diapers. They have changing stations you can choose from with shelves and drawers for you to store supplies like diapers, wipes, powder, and whatever else you might need to get the little one cleaned up. Some parents find devices like trash receptacles for diapers and wipe warmers to be a lifesaver to have in the nursery.
A Place to Relax
Part of getting your newborn to sleep at night will require you to eliminate as many distractions as possible. The nursery often creates that environment for you. You should most certainly invest in an area for you to relax and soothe your baby to sleep. Some parents decide to add a small bed or futon chair to the room (just in case they fall asleep). Other options might include a recliner or rocking chair.
Plenty of Storage
If you don’t know now there’s something you should know about having a baby – you start to collect a lot of stuff. From the thousands of outfits, you’ll have to choose from to toys, diapers, and a host of other things, you’ll need some place to store it. When designing your baby nursery make sure you don’t forget the advantage of having plenty of storage. Installing shelves and closets are one way of doing this. You can also invest in dressers for storing all those onesies and tiny socks.
Once you’ve gotten a bulk of the things you’ll need to fill the baby’s nursery, all that’s left is to put it all together and tie it all in with adorable details. Choose a soothing wall color, decorations, and flooring for the room. You can create a theme or simply based on color patterns and textures. Add small nursery decor items like the baby’s name in block form hung on the wall or pictures of the family or baby-friendly characters.
When creating a nursery for your baby you want it to be perfect without breaking the bank. The best way to make sure that happens is to have a clear understanding of what you should invest your money in and the things you shouldn’t. By creating a room that has a clearly defined sleeping, changing, and resting area you’ll have everything you need to tend to whatever your little one might want.