When you’re expecting a new baby, the wait for his arrival can be quite an anxious time. The instinct to nest can lead you to the desire to create the nursery well ahead of time. And you want it to be perfect. Even if you don’t yet know the gender of your child, you want his room to suit his personality and stimulate his imagination. Here’s your ultimate guide to creating that perfect nursery for your little bundle:
Newborns aren’t able to see much in the same way as we do, but they can feel different textures. Aim for a variety of toys that stimulate his senses. Lights that change, lots of different materials, and patterns can all intrigue and fascinate a little one. No toys should be in his bed at this age, but any mobiles and dangly toys he can pat will be perfect. There is also a good range of wrist buddies with safe velcro straps for him to enjoy when he’s awake.
Your newborn will probably be sleeping in a Moses basket in your room with you for six weeks or so. They are convenient because you can carry the baby around the house without having to disturb his sleep. That way he is always with you wherever you are. In the nursery, make sure you have some space for the Moses basket alongside his cot bed. A cot bed should be adjustable so it can be lowered as he starts to sit and stand. Eventually, it will convert into his first bed.
A changing table or cabinet in the nursery is very handy for those non-urgent nappy changes. However, make sure you have a second mat for those occasions when it can’t wait, and you’re not in the nursery! Leaks happen, and they can be quite messy. Your newborn will need only cotton wool and warm water for clean-ups at first. Soon you’ll be ready to use baby wipes. You’ll also need a stash of nappy sacks and spare nappies. Powder doesn’t suit everyone, but there will undoubtedly be a time when some nappy rash cream will come in handy.
Many Moms choose neutral colors like whites, yellows or creams for the nursery walls. You can then add wall decals and pictures suitable for a small child. Cute animals and bears are popular. You can buy rugs bearing cute characters for him to lay on as well. Lighting should be as dim as possible. You might want to install a dimmer switch. You may also want black out curtains for daytime naps.
It can be tempting to install lots of high-tech equipment in the nursery. You’ll want to know what the temperature is and have some soothing lullabies. Most nanny-cams or baby monitors have all this in one. That way you can watch baby sleeping while you get on with some chores. Some systems even monitor baby’s movements.
A fresh coat of paint and a new carpet are often the first things to go into a nursery. However, there is no rush to get it perfect, even after the baby is born. Take your time to enjoy creating your dream nursery.