Finishing the nursery & getting it ready for baby arrival - Last minute touches...

Finishing the nursery & getting it ready for baby arrival - Last minute touches...

But first lets recap, So we have done the following:

  1. The essentials in planning your nursery
  2. Planning the colour palette
  3. Planning the decor and layout - which is the previous blog entry.

Now, this is where it all comes together, and before you know it, you will be ready for your little baby's arrival.

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As you are starting to move the furniture in and getting the little nick-nacks to truly make your nursery unique and beautiful, you also have to be mindful of safety.

So let's look into safety proofing your little one's room. So after you put the adorable finishing touches on your little bundle of joy's room,

You're going to want to childproof it from top to bottom (experts recommend doing this when you're still pregnant).

Your baby will likely be spending many hours unsupervised in his nursery (obviously only when baby is at the appropriate age).

So it's incredibly important that you've got all your safety basics covered.

Here's everything you need to know about childproofing your baby's nursery:

1: The baby monitor. If your monitor is wired it should always be at least three feet away from baby's reach, and you should use wire cover to conceal cords.

If you have a wireless monitor, place it somewhere where it cannot fall down and hurt baby.

2. The Cot. "One of the biggest mistakes parents make is filling their baby's cot with so many things, Yes, they're cute, but pillows, bumpers, and stuffed animals all pose suffocation risks to infants.

  • If baby's room is chilly, I would recommend that baby wears warm sleepwear with feet in place of a blanket, so there aren't any loose objects in the cot.
  • The cot slats shouldn't be more than 2 3/8 inches apart, as to prevent baby's body from getting caught between the bars.
  • And cots with drop sides are a big no-no. Do your homework: Make sure the cot hasn't been recalled; be sure that there are no broken parts or cracked slats (especially is you are getting a second hand or hand me down cot); and ensure that it's been properly assembled.
  • Invest in a tight-fitting mattress, so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the cot.
  • Avoid cots with cutouts in the headboard or footboard (baby's head could get stuck).
  • Its also recommended that you move your baby to a toddler bed once the top of the crib rails are less than three-fourths of your baby's height or they are 36 inches tall, since they can easily climb out.

3: Windows. All windows in baby's nursery should be latched shut with locks or window guards, and blind and curtain cords should be wound up.

Never leave your baby unattended in her room with windows open if she is able to crawl or walk.

4: Furniture. Bolt all furniture to the wall or Weigh all furniture down, so they won't topple over on your baby if he ever attempts to climb them, and be sure not to place heavy objects on shelves.

 5: Outlets/Power points. Your baby will likely be spending a fair amount of unsupervised time in his room, so it's crucial that you use sliding outlet covers to hide all electrical outlets/power points

-- this is especially important for ones that are behind the cot

6: Mobiles. When baby is almost sitting up, remove all mobiles and any type of canopy over the bed, as they can pose choking or strangulation hazards

7: Doors. Until your baby is able to open and close sliding closet doors, and regular doors, without pinching their fingers or slamming their hands,

it's smart to invest in finger guards or a door mouse to avoid what could potentially be a big ouch for your little one.

You also might want to consider putting a gate outside of your child's room once he's been moved into a toddler bed. (You don't want your child walking around the house unsupervised during the night)

Parents should also periodically inspect their baby's room, checking for small objects everywhere -- in the cot, under furniture -- to avoid potential choking hazards.

 

There are also many DIYsafety proofing instructions on Pinterest. If you don't want to go down the DIY route have a look here IKEA will give you some good ideas

 

Now that we've made/or are making baby's room safe, we can start to tie up loose ends.

As you are moving in the furniture, make sure everything has been sanitised, many mamas to-be get a need to clean before the arrival of the little one (aka Nesting), but dont use chemicals that will be harmful to you or bubba. There are many hospital grade antiseptic and antibacterial cleaning products out there.

Now  look at organisation;

  • Where will you keep the nappies?
  • Blankets?
  • Wipes?
  • Bin?
  • Extra clothes?
  • Baby Products?

*** The list can go on (but Im sure you've made your list...).

Get a trolley (not only will it be easier on mama but it will also be a convenient way of having everything at hand who needed. Something like its IKEA trolley will do just beautifully (there are many trolleys out there, you can eve make one,but consider safety whilst doing it). You can easily store this in a corner when not in use. Fill this trolley with essentials like nappies, reams, wipes, bags etc.

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Then think about how you will organise baby's toys, closet, drawers, dresser:

You can pick up storage boxes and draw dividers very cheaply. Here are some examples of storage and organisation:

Peas in a Pod by Karin Nagel
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If you are pro-vaccine, is your photographer of choice vaccinated? I choose to be up to date on all of my vaccines. And because I am around newborns a lot, I chose to get the whooping cough vaccine. If you're not familiar with this, do some research on the topic because it is really scary for newborns and babies to catch.

Does your newborn photographer practice safe baby handling? Baby's safety should be your photographer's number one concern, not getting a perfect shot.

Now that I do mostly in-studio sessions This makes me feel confident and comfortable in my own space where I can focus on the safety and comfortability of bubba, I choose to not do in-home sessions as I won't be as relaxed and "in the zone" :-) and the last thing we want is bubba to feel the stress.

Please have a look here at my "How to find your photographer" blog for more guidance on finding the photographer the suits your needs. and just in case you've missed these images in the previous blog, here they are again, just because I love these so much :-)

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Now that you have organised, decorated and made your nursery beautiful, go put your feet up and have a nice cup of tea, and get some rest while you await baby's arrival.

Write back, let me know what you think or if you have any more tips, I'd love to hear from you, send me a pic of your baby's nursery if you want! :-)