Becoming a new parent is an experience that is both thrilling and somewhat terrifying. There is so much to do, and you’re probably scared of doing some of it wrong. Well, you're not alone as most new parents feel the same way. Just keep in mind that most of them also do just fine, and so will you. There are many challenges ahead, but you should be excited about them. Of course, you'll need a nursery, so let's start there. Here are some basic tips for things you should and should not do in order to create a great nursery for your new baby.
Always do a quick Google search for the name of a product you are considering purchasing, and accompany it with the term "safety" or "safety report." This ensures that there are no outstanding issues or product recalls with your purchase. If you're worried about installing the new product, Google YouTube videos on it. This will help you handle its installation. If you have other kids or family members you want to feel involved in this process, make sure to get their suggestions and feedback about your possible additions. This way, everyone feels included. Be clever with how you store things, and don't hesitate to go vertical. This will make your room appear larger and help keep space clear for fun play on the floor with your baby. Purchase carpeting for the floor since babies generally don't do well on hardwood floors. The unforgiving surface can lead to many bruises and scrapes.
While stacking things vertically is good, make sure that there is nothing along the edges which can be easily grabbed or climbed upon. Make especially sure that the fixture can't be pulled down on the infant. Do not put anything in the crib that a baby, particularly a newborn, can suffocate on. This includes items like crib bumpers, pillows or stuffed animals. When removing furniture from the room that will become the nursery, avoid storing it outside. This risks getting mold, water or germs on sensitive surfaces. Don't forget to stock up on diapers and wipes, and don't put them far away from the changing table. The last thing you need to be worried about is reaching for wipes while trying to balance the baby, their dirty clothing and a fresh diaper. Setting up a nursery can be a chore, but it's also a memorable experience, and you should savor every moment. Follow these suggestions, and you will be well on your way to creating an amazing room for your baby.
Once you have the perfect nursery, don’t forget to turn your eye to the rest of your house. While your baby may not be very mobile on their own at first, you should still make sure that each area is a safe environment so you don’t have to worry as much as they get older. From creating a kid-friendly patio area to blocking more dangerous spots like the laundry room or the stairs, there are plenty of little things that you should be prepared for that will make your parenting much easier.
Once things have settled down with your new addition, give us a call for baby’s first pics!