Friday, April 4, 2014

Nest That Nursery!

Planning your baby’s nursery can be one of the most exciting and most stressful things to do in your preparation for your baby.  There is so much to do that it can be overwhelming.  Here are some tips that may make the experience fun and eliminate stress.  
Pick A General Theme- Get a few ideas of themes you may want your nursery to be.  Once you have picked a few themes you can focus on possible cribs ideas.  Some possible theme ideas are; jungle/safari, nautical, sports, princess, Disney, ballerina.  Or perhaps you don’t want a theme and prefer a color scheme to go with.
Measure- You should measure the baby’s room so you will able to go pick out his or her crib and other furniture.  When planning where to place your crib, it is good to remember not to put the crib near a window or heating system.  You don’t want to place the crib near anything that will distract the baby from nap time.  Temperature fluctuations can make the baby uncomfortable and interrupt sleep.
Pick Out A Crib- Shopping for your baby’s crib is such a fun experience for you and your partner.  There are many tips to remember when picking out your baby’s crib. Be sure it is a comfortable safe place for your baby.
Pick Out Furniture- You want to chose furniture that will compliment the baby’s crib, fit the theme, and is also practical and safe.
Divide And Conquer- If you divide the room into sections, this will help keep you organized.  For example, you have a changing area, whether that is an actual changing table or a changing pad on top of a bureau, it is what works for you best.  With your area for changing you have your diapers, wipes and any other essentials necessary for changing your baby.  You may have a section of the room that is meant for playing (if the room is big enough of all those baby toys.)  You may also have a glider or rocker where you have your night feeding.  Whether breast or bottle, there are some things you will need and it is good to keep them handy in your feeding area.
Make Room For The Electronics-  I did not realize all the electronic devices I would be using with my baby.  We have a monitor, cool mist humidifier, night light, Ihome for his night time piano music, the list goes on.  It is helping to have a little table that is just for electronics.  You don’t want wires running all the way through he baby’s room.  That just isn’t safe for the middle of the night when you are half asleep and have to go feed or what have you.  Keep this area far away from the baby but close enough to see from your monitor.
Safety Is Key- Before you know it, your little one will be sneaking out of the crib in the middle of the night and making his or her way into your room.  Make sure that from day one the nursery is safe for baby’s.  One less thing to have to worry about later.  As your baby is growing, you want to avoid have decorations around that are accessible to the baby.  Anything and everything will go in the mouth.  Better to be safe than sorry.
Most importantly, have fun.  All of these experiences should be fun and have as little stress as possible.  Enjoy this bonding experience with you partner and baby as much as you can.

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