When you have a newborn on the way there are many things to consider before the arrival. One of the most important is how to set up the perfect newborn nursery even if you’re working with a limited space. Your focus should be on the future because your baby will be tiny for such a short amount of time. Before you know it, your little one will be exploring their new world. Here are a few tips you might consider while designing your perfect newborn nursery.
Figure out where everything should go and how much room it will take up before you do anything else. Although it looks great, the crib should not be placed directly under a window as the sunshine will be too harsh and there may be drafts that can cause your baby to get sick. At a minimum you’ll need a crib, dresser, toy box and chair. If you have the room, you can also include a changing table and other accessories. If the space must be shared with storage, plan where the items will go and how they will be secured so the baby can’t hurt itself when it enters the exploration stage. A cabinet with locking doors that can be secured to the wall should suffice.
The Sanitation Station
A changing table is an essential piece of furniture and can either be a standalone unit or the top of a dresser. If there’s room along the wall where the furniture will be placed, having a sink with hot and cold running water will save a lot of grief as your baby grows. It can be used to ensure your hands remain clean before and after changing the baby, to give the baby a bath and to clean up messes.
Additionally, supplies such as antibacterial sprays, the diaper pail, antiseptic wipes and other supplies you don’t want the baby to get into can be stored in a cabinet beneath. Whether the changing table is a dresser where rails have been added or a standalone unit, having a sink next to it will serve your immediate needs as well as serve your baby as it grows. A technician from a company like Elite Heating AC & Refrigeration can help design the perfect station with a baby bath insert as well as complete the installation according to code. They can also make sure that the room will have a healthy temperature for your baby.
You’ll soon find that babies need a lot more space for storage than anyone else in the house. However, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to accommodate all the additional needs. Cloth shoe racks that have pockets are great alternatives. Attaching one to the wall next to the changing table will ensure that diapers, powder, lotions and all the other supplies required will be at hand when needed. They also work great in the closet for t-shirts, pants and other items that don’t fit in the dresser drawer.
It’s never too early to safety-proof your baby’s room. Do not purchase or borrow a drop-side crib. They have been blamed for the deaths of 32 infants between 2001 and 2010. You also should not use one that has cutouts in the head or foot boards. Also make sure the crib is not placed clear of any items the baby might be able to reach. There should be a safety zone around the crib and that includes removing any cords on window blinds which can become a strangulation hazard. Since the baby will soon be crawling, make sure that outlet covers have been installed as well as childproof locks on all furniture and cabinets.
Preparing for the arrival of your newborn doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. It just takes a little advanced planning. It should, instead, be a fun and creative process that results in a space that’s warm and comfortable for you and your baby. Just remember that regardless of what you do, your baby is going to love it.