Planning Your Baby's Nursery
So you are planning your baby's nursery.....
Exciting times ahead, You are nearing the end of your pregnancy and you may or may not have found out the gender of your little one, maybe you like to be surprised, or maybe you are a planner...
Either way planning your baby's nursery is such a fun project!
So let's look at the basics first, the essentials! - I will be writing this piece as a four-part series.
- The essentials in planning your nursery
- Planning the colour palette
- Planning the decor and layout
- Finishing the nursery & getting it ready for baby arrival - Last minute touches.
You will be inundated with brochures and the good old facebook pixelbot offering the most beautifully designed baby nursery furniture, colour-coordinated baby bedding sets, baby clothing, and other such items, and it all looks very tempting, and you can probably imagine your new baby living happily ever after in this beautiful environment, with everything sparkling and new. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
To start with, take a look at your home, decide where your baby nursery will be, and its immediate use. But if you have more than one empty bedroom, you may consider choosing the one that is closest to yours.
You should also look at its directions and whether it gets very cold in the winter or extremely hot and airless in the summer. Some couples prefer to have their newborn baby in their bedroom with them for the first few months.
This can make nights and feeds feel a lot easier as you will hear baby cry and not have to go into another room each time.
Therefore, in the very beginning, the baby nursery will be more for storing baby clothes, changing nappies, and general baby care as opposed to sleeping.
So what are the essentials:
(First of all, I would like to encourage you to at all times during this process to consider and be aware of baby safety and making things easier on yourself and or your partner.)
- Cot, Mattress and Sheets
There are a few options to consider when deciding on a cot. This is an area where it's worth it to spend some money, because you don't want an older cot that might not be up to current safety standards.There's a standard-sized cot mattress, which you'll want to purchase, and several sets of sheets are advisable. However, Paediatricians recommend avoiding bumpers or other bedding in the cot, since it poses a risk of suffocation.The option of a convertible cot, which can be reassembled into a toddler bed when the baby outgrows the cot is one many parents consider and can save money over the long term.But it's not necessary and isn't better or worse than a standard cot, but can cost a bit more up front.Other cot options include round or sleigh-style cot, but often those cost much more and may not be worth the investment.
- Diaper/Nappy Disposal
If you're going with disposable diapers/nappies, you'll want to choose something that is designed to minimise odour and mess.Do a little research to find the right one for you, because the liners, or bags that store soiled diapers, will add another monthly cost.For parents who choose to go the cloth nappy/diaper route, you'll want to research diaper laundering services, which launder and restock your supply of clean nappies/diapers. There's acost involved, but it may be worth outsourcing this particular task, but personally, I would think that it would just be easier to wash and clean it yourself, plus it will save you tons of money and opposed to a laundering service.
- Baby Monitor
To keep an eye (or ear) on baby at night and during naps, a monitor is essential.While an audio monitor will do the job just fine, for a lot of parents, a video monitor gives extra peace of mind.Often the sounds coming from baby's room, especially in the early weeks, are unfamiliar. But they're not always cause for concern, and a video monitor will let you avoid going into baby's nursery and risk waking him over something minor.
- Changing Table and Dresser
A safe place to change baby comfortably, which can serve as extra nappy/diaper storage, it's less crucial than a crib, but since you'll need a spot to change diapers, it's a good idea to have one.And like any standard bedroom, you'll want a dresser to store clothes. Babies clothes are small, but you'll be surprised how many outfits you go through in a day, especially as your baby gets more active.
- Storage in the Nursery
Do not underestimate the amount of storage space you will need in baby's nursery. Babies may be little, but you'll soon see those baby items will take up a considerable amount of room.When looking at dressers and shelving units, there are several tell-tale signs whether a piece has the quality to remain durable over the years.
- And lastly, make sure you have considered baby safety, baby proofing your baby's nursery will be your friend, especially if you will be spending a considerate amount of time there.
It can all seem very overwhelming, but just take one step at a time, make a list, make a budget, do your research, Please keep an eye out for the follow-up blogs in this -part series, I will be covering decorating, layout, storage tips.
There will also be a freebie or two...Stay tuned.
This weeks feature photographer is Dawn Martin Photography, Dawn is a fine art portrait photographer, based in Glasgow. Follow the link to see her work.