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Mom of three little boys here! With my first baby I really didn’t know what I needed in a nursery and I wasn’t sure what things I needed and what things people just told me I needed. Now, as a “seasoned” baby mother I would love to share my knowledge with those first time mama’s who are kind of unsure about what kind of things you will actually need in your nursery. Today, I am going to be giving you 5 types to make your nursery cute, functional and SAFE without telling you to get those unnecessary items like a changing table.
1. Buy a New Crib
I know that cribs can be kind of expensive, but if you buy a used crib you don’t know a lot of things about this crib. You don’t know if the crib was set up correctly, you don’t know how old the crib is and you don’t know about any recalls that have occurred with this crib. Just bite the bullet and realize that this is one of those things that you NEED to buy new. With this crib you will want to buy a waterproof and FIRM mattress. You will also want to buy at least 3 sheets with your mattress and one waterproof sheet.
Don’t forget to find a place where the baby monitor will be placed. My choice is Infant Optics DXR-8 video baby monitor, which seems to be one of the best on market.
2. Changing Station
In your diaper station you should always have at least 5 diapers. You will need wipes. There should also be some sort of diaper rash cream. In your changing station you will want extra clothes. A safe way to protect your floors is to make sure that you have something to change your baby on. I usually have a blanket as they get older and a waterproof mat when they are babies.
3. Nursing Station
If you are planning on nursing your baby then you will want to have a nursing station. The first thing you will need is to have nursing pads. On this same note, you will have to have a towel. Sometimes your little one gets distracted and wants to look at you or they fall off your nipple. When this happens, you will most likely spray all over them and down their face and down your belly. A towel can make sure that you can clean up your little one so they aren’t soaking wet from milk. A breast pump is also very important.
4. Baby Proof
Many people don’t think about baby proofing their nursery. This is a place that is certainly essential to baby proof. First, protect all of the outlets with outlet covers. Make sure that your baby can’t get to the blind cords. Children can get tangled up in the blind cords and strangle themselves. Don’t place chandeliers or other heavy objects about the baby’s crib.
5. Create a Kid Friendly Space
Although you may think that your baby will always be a baby, it just isn’t true (sadly). That little newborn that can’t do anything will start to roll over, sit up, crawl, walk and talk while you blink. And most likely that little nursery will be their baby room. Make their room a place that they want to be in. You will want to choose a theme that not only you love, but that your child will love too. You need to have a bookcase (full of fun hard books), have fun baby toys. This will make the room more pleasant for you and it will be completely functional for when that baby begins to start growing and doing more things.
Having a new baby is exciting, thrilling and a little bit scary. Hopefully, these tips can help you create a nursery that is not only cute, fun for your little one, safe and also very functional. Creating a functional space will save you a lot of headaches when little one comes into this world! Enjoy your baby!
Shannon Lee is a mother of three adorable kids: a boy and two girls. Her children fill her life with fun and joy and make her life really fulfilled. Shannon enjoys reading, shopping, and hanging out with family and friends!Another her passion is blogging and trying out new baby products. www.babymonitor101.com – is her blog about parenting and baby safety.