Having a baby, and bringing that new baby home, is both one of the most heartwarming—and one of the most nerve-wracking—things you’re ever likely to do. In the months leading up to your child’s birth you will need to get your home ready for your new family member. One big part of that is setting up a nursery.
The crib will also need plenty of bedding. Babies spit up. Diapers leak. Some days, you may find you have to change the sheets and blankets several times, so get five or more sets of bedding. The best is soft 100% cotton sheets, which will be soft on your baby’s skin.
Next, you’ll need a changing table or a changing top. The advantage of the latter is that you can put it on top of your dresser and change your baby’s diaper there. A changing table should have drawers where you can keep diapers, powder, wipes, and more. If you have a changing top, make sure these things are close at hand, perhaps on a shelf or in your dresser.As with the crib, get several sheets for the changing table. After all, you’ll actually be changing your baby’s diapers there and it will get soiled.
You’ll want a comfortable place to sit while nursing your baby or holding him or her while he or she sleeps. Just like with the crib, this should be high quality. You’ll spend a lot of time here! Ideally, get a rocking chair or a glider, and an ottoman so you can rest your feet. The chair needs sturdy arms where you can rest yours, and it should be big enough so that when your child is a toddler, he or she can still fall asleep there in your lap.
Whether the chair is in the nursery or perhaps in your living room, have a shelf with a lamp next to it. While your baby is sleeping in your arms, you won’t be able to get up. A shelf will give you a place to put a drink and keep books to read to your child as well as something for you to read when your baby falls asleep.
Make sure there’s room in the closet or on shelves for all those other things you need to raise your baby. These include toys, books, clothes, a diaper back, and more.
While “storage” might not be exactly the right word for this, consider getting something like a diaper genie. These are for disposing of diapers as soon as you have changed your baby. They make it easier to dispose of diapers once the genie is full, too.Speaking of storage, self storage is a great place to keep furniture and other items you may have removed from your home to make room for the nursery. You may also want to store the crib and extra furniture there after your child has outgrown them. If you’re considering having another child, you will need those items later.
When you’re out of the nursery, you’ll still need to know how your baby is doing so you can respond. For that, baby monitors are critical. Today, they include both audio and video monitors. Prices and quality vary, so shop around. When you’re cooking, sleeping in your room, or otherwise busy, you’ll be able to carry the receiver with you and keep an eye on your child.
If this is your first child, don’t worry! These suggestions will help you get started and you’ll learn a lot. Always keep in mind child safety standards and follow current professional advice. And most importantly, congratulations!