Prepare Your Nursery For Your New Bundle Of Joy (Guest Post)

One
of the loveliest times we all remember when we are having our first
baby is getting his or her room ready. It keeps us from exploding
with impatient excitement as the months of pregnancy drag on. We
spend hours flicking through baby magazines and looking at colour
charts; it’s one of those things we have to get right.
Babycentre
has a brilliant section on preparing your baby’s room, with lots of
inspirational ideas and safety tips.


Decorating
is only a tiny piece of the picture – after all, your baby doesn’t
mind what colour the walls are or how exclusive the chest of drawers
is – what they want is to be warm, safe and comfortable. So what do
our babies really need?


A
safe place to sleep

When
your baby comes home he or she will probably sleep in a crib or
cradle – this is smaller than a cot and is usually mobile. It is
believed babies feel safer in cribs as they are snug and can touch
the sides (having been in a very tight environment during pregnancy,
laying flat on their back on a big mattress is going to feel very
strange). As a cot death prevention measure, it is recommended that
your baby sleeps in your bedroom for the first six months, therefore
a crib is perfect for this.


A
new mattress for every baby is also recommended. Make sure it fits
snugly and use fitted sheets to cover it. If you cannot fit your baby
in your room or you want them to sleep in their cot during the day
this is of course fine – but have a good think about where to place
the cot. Place it away from any hazards and don’t put it under a
window or next to a radiator. Make sure you have lots of spare sheets
and blankets as you will need to regulate their temperature by adding
or removing blankets. Duvets and pillows are dangerous for young
babies, so specially designed ‘growbags’ are a good option –
just check you are using the correct tog for the time of year.


Creating
a room that will help them to sleep

Resist
the urge to over-decorate the room with bright mobiles and toys –
this will over-stimulate your baby. Invest in some blackout blinds or
curtains, or better still, both! These can be very expensive if you
buy from the high street; however,
ebay
has a great selection covering all budgets and you get to read the
reviews to see how effective they are – a luxury you don’t get in
a shop. If you choose blinds, make sure you purchase ones with safety
cords and make sure they are not hanging loose – check out the
ROSPA

safety campaign for more information. Make sure the lighting is soft
and relaxing as you don’t want to be switching on bright lights for
night feeds.


The
other things

Have
a comfy chair for you to use while you feed or just chill out with
your baby. Changing stations are not really necessary and it is safer
to change your baby on the floor, but if you really want one make
sure it has the protective sides so your baby doesn’t roll off.
Above all, keep the room a calm and relaxing place for both you and
your baby.


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3 Comments

  1. Janet W.
    May 15, 2014 / 9:39 am

    You covered it! These are all great things to think about while preparing the nursery. In my opinion, this is the most fun thing to do to prepare for baby!

  2. Sandra VanHoey
    May 16, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Very good tips you gave here. I remember when my grandson was born, we kept him in a bassinet and I could roll it around so really enjoyed that

  3. Courtney B
    May 17, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    i think a lot of people miss the above tips because they are way more into just the "look" of everything and dont think they need a special place that will help their baby sleep

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