Whether your baby will be co-sleeping with you, or even sleeping in a small cot beside the bed, the first few months of their life, they will be in your bedroom. However, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be sorting out the nursery before they arrive. After all, you will still use the room to clean and dress your newborn. And when they are ready to move into the bedroom for sleeping, you want it to be a smooth transaction. And this won’t be possible if it’s not ready before! However, a lot of people go wrong when getting the nursery ready for their newborn. Therefore, here are five easy steps to the perfect nursery for your newborn.
Choose a room to become the nursery
First things first, if you want to create the perfect nursery for your newborn, you need to determine which room it is first. After all, you don’t want to start buying items for the room and then decide that you are going to use a different room instead. Therefore, take a look at the spare rooms and decide which one is most suitable for your child. It would be best you go for a room which is situated close to yours. After all, you don’t want to be far away from your little one when they are in their room. You might need to check on them in the night, and you don’t want to have to go to the other side of the house! And not only this, but you want to be able to hear if there is a problem. Once they are older, they could always move into a different room in the house which offers them the most privacy. But for now, you need them close by!
It’s time to paint the room
Once you have decided on the perfect room to become the nursery, it’s now time to get painting. After all, you want the room to look great before baby arrives. And that means, having it all decorated ASAP. You firstly should decide on a color scheme for the room. Of course, it might depend on whether you know the gender of the little one. After all, you don’t want to go for a bright pink room if you have a little boy. To ensure you don’t have to change it too soon, it would be a good idea to go for something neutral. That way, it will grow with the baby as it gets older. And would be suitable for your next newborn if you do decide to have another baby. Therefore, opt for a cream or a yellow for the nursery. And when you are painting the nursery, be careful about which paint you are using. After all, you don’t want to put your child in danger of harmful chemicals from the paint. It might be worth going for an eco-friendly brand for your kid’s bedroom. That way, they will stay safe in sound in their room.
Remember to check the windows and doors
You need to also ensure that the windows and doors are safe in your baby’s nursery. After all, it’s not going to be the perfect room if your child can easily climb out of the windows. And if they are letting in loads of air as they are not shutting properly. Therefore, for starters, it’s worth getting some sealant to ensure no drafts will come into the room. You can get this from a local hardware store, and you can then easily apply it to your window. And then look at getting a lock for the window. That way, your little one can’t push it open and fall out when they become a toddler. After all, so many children end up with serious injuries from falls in their room. And when it comes to the doors, you need to make sure they are secure to stop your little one getting out in the night. And to prevent drafts, you might want to look into some bonding adhesive suppliers so that you can ensure no heat loss. And making sure it’s secure will keep them safe in the event of a fire or flooding.
Clean the room from top to bottom
The next thing you need to do to create the perfect nursery is to clean the room from top to bottom. Remove everything that is currently in the room and then you can make sure you don’t miss a single spot. Cleaning it now will ensure any dust will be removed before you place the furniture. You should also remember to clean the areas that are always forgotten. For example, the top of the nursery door and the window sills might be filthy. And if there is currently a light shade in the room, it’s worth giving this a wipe down too. For the sake of your child’s health, stick to eco-friendly cleaning products which will keep the room nice and fresh. You could even make your own cleaning products to use in the room by following this video. That way, you know they are safe for your child.
Pick out the furniture
It’s now the perfect time to go and pick out some furniture to put in the newborn’s nursery. It is often the hardest job of them all to find some suitable for your little one. The worst thing you can do is take too many people along. After all, too many viewpoints can make it harder to choose furniture for the nursery. And don’t buy too much for the nursery; so many people go overboard and get items they don’t need. All you really need for the nursery is a safe cot, a changing unit, and a set of drawers. If you start buying additional things, you will end up with a nursery that is cluttered and too full for your little one! And whichever furniture you get, make sure it’s built properly. After all, you don’t want it crashing down in months to come, causing harm to you and your baby.
And remember to ensure the carpet is fitted correctly. After all, you don’t want your little one to end up with a poorly foot down to the bad carpet in the nursery.