There is nothing like the anticipation of welcoming a child into the world. It will be a long nine months of waiting for the baby to arrive. This gives you enough time to prepare some things. One of the most important things you can work on is their nursery. They’ll be staying there for most of their early life, so you need to ensure it is the best possible place for them. Here are some factors you should keep in mind when building your nursery.
Brighten Things Up
Laying down the basics of your nursery should be done in the early months of the pregnancy. You’ll need to clean out the room and then change it to fit your needs. The most basic thing to look at is the paint. For a nursery, you want bright colors. Young children love pastels, and it should help brighten up their days. While some patents like to paint a room by gender, it is best to pick a gender-neutral color for the best results.
Besides the color palette, you will also need to provide lighting for the room. A good nursery provides proper illumination during the daylight hours by having a large window. The natural light is great for improving a child’s mood. You’ll want gentler lighting during the evening hours so that the baby would be able to sleep easily.
Choose The Right Furniture
While your baby will not need much in terms of furniture, there are still four essentials that you need in your nursery. The most important is a crib. This is where your baby is going to spend the most time. You want one that is solidly constructed and will be comfortable for them. The three other pieces of nursery furniture are a changing table, a dresser, and a chair.
The table and the chair are mainly for you or whoever is taking care of the child. A chair will allow someone to sit as they watch over the baby, while the changing table allows diaper changing in a place not too far from the crib. Finally, a dresser is what you need to store the baby clothes and other incidentals that are part of baby care.
Consider buying transformable furniture pieces. This allows you to use them for years to come. For example, some cribs can be converted into beds when children have outgrown those baby years.
Keep Them Safe And Healthy
A nursery can be a dangerous place if you are not careful. You need to take some steps to make it a safer place for your baby. For one, you’ll want to keep your child healthy by ensuring the place has great air quality. The purchase of a high-quality home air purifier can be an effective way to ensure that your baby breathes clean air day and night.
Children can be a pretty curious bunch, so that they might start crawling all over the place. To ensure that they are safe, you’ll want to cover all electrical sockets at their height, so they don’t start poking them. It would help if you also considered installing gates on your nursery door to not crawl out without you noticing them.
Since your baby will be crawling, you should also consider changing out the flooring to be safer for them to crawl on the surface. Adding carpeting or soft flooring can be a good idea so that babies don’t hurt themselves from crawling all over its surface.
There are also some additional warning monitors you should install. A carbon monoxide detector is important since their smaller bodies make them more vulnerable to carbon monoxide. Additionally, a thermometer is necessary since babies are also sensitive to temperatures; allowing them to sleep in an overheated room can result in death. Finally, you’ll want to install baby monitors and cameras so that you can know what is going on in your nursery.
Several additional features help with the comfort of your baby. For one, you’ll want a way to cool down the room. An air conditioner can be a great way to keep a comfortable temperature in the nursery. You might also want to consider a small sanitation station near your changing table. This ensures that you can clean yourself quickly after the diaper change.
Building the ideal nursery is going to take time and money. Work with your partner to come up with a nursery that meets all of your needs. When the baby arrives and settles into the nursery, you can then be sure that it was worth all the effort.