Baby Nursery: The Essentials
What you'll need for a well-stocked baby's room
At your baby shower you’ll most likely receive many cute and clever gifts from your tribe of amazing friends and family to help fill your little one’s room. But what nursery items should you put on your registry wish list? Never fear, BabyZone is here (complete with pink and blue cape) to pinpoint the nursery essentials and make life with new baby a little easier.
The Better to See You With
Trust us; the right lighting in your nursery is important. At some point those 3 AM feedings will have you feeling like a zombie or Mombie. When you shuffle into your baby’s room you’ll need to be able to see so you don’t trip or bump into things. Make sure your nursery has at least one overhead light and if possible install a dimmer switch to vary the strength of the light. If you decide to use a nightlight, make sure it’s in a socket out of Baby’s reach.
Absolute no-no: Floor lamps with long trailing cords. They just beg to be knocked, pulled, or tripped over. Safety hazard! Do us a favor and leave them in the guest room. Baby’s smile alone is almost enough to light up the room!
The rocking chair or glider is arguably the rockstar of the nursery. Why? The rocker is a great place to feed or nurse your baby. In the middle of the night it works wonders for soothing Baby back to sleep. If you can spend the extra cash invest in a footstool too. Mom, you’ll feel like a rockstar as you belt out those lullabies for your biggest fan—Baby!
When you select your crib the most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. We know you want the best for baby but an ornate diamond encrusted crib is not only unnecessary but also downright dangerous. If you plan to use a crib see The Danny Foundation guidelines for important safety tips. And remember, drop-side cribs are now illegal. Just say no!
So Mamma, keep your crib bare—this isn’t MTV! All joking aside get rid of bumpers, blankets, toys, and pillows. Although cute, these are all strangulation and suffocation hazards. The place to spend money here is the mattress. Budget $100 to $150 for a very firm mattress and be sure to put it at its lowest setting as soon as Baby can stand. If Baby’s sleeping soundly it means you are too—win win!
A Change Will Do You Good
Your baby can be changed on any surface but a good changing table is essential as it keeps wipes, diapers, creams, and clean clothes within arm’s length. There are two types of changing pads: Flat, and those with raided edges. You’ll need to decide which suits you and Baby’s needs best. Make sure the table is the right height for you and your partner (no slouching!) and when the time comes, and it will come fast, be sure to move powders, creams, and diapers out of busy Baby’s reach.
And no nursery is complete without a diaper pail but the last thing you want is to be able to follow your nose to the source. Here are some tips for keeping your pail fresh:
- When possible take poopy diapers directly to your outdoor garbage
- Be sure to use a plastic liner—a regular garbage bag will do
- Empty the pail regularly
- Periodically spray the inside of the pail with disinfectant
- Wash out your pail with soap and water every couple of weeks
Look for a lid with a baby-proof lock (you don’t want your little bundle of joy to turn into a little stinker!). This is especially important if you use cloth diapers.
Baby Wearing and Snugglin’
We know you love to snuggle your baby but the time will come when you wish you had another set of hands. Stop wishing and check out a baby sling! Used for centuries, a quality baby sling will free up your hands, keep your baby close, and allow you to nurse all at the same time. They come in a variety of styles and colors for so both Mom and Dad can strut their stuff in style.
Baby loved feeling snuggled up in your womb. Life in this new world can be scary! Swaddling blankets help newborn babies feel safe, comfortable, and secure. Use these small blankets to wrap your baby for nursing, sleeping, or to calm Baby when then she needs to be soothed. You can never have too many of these in your nursery as they double duty as burping cloths or a changing pad.
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