Whether it’s your first, second, or eighth baby, (shout out to OctoMom) there is always plenty of preparation on your todo list. When it comes to preparing the babies nursery, a lot of people become overwhelmed with the idea of having to create an environmentally friendly, inspiring, energizing yet relaxing space on top of everything else. Well we are here to put your mind at ease by sharing helpful tips from experienced moms all over.
Even though the nursery is for your baby, remember that this is a place where you will be spending a lot of your time. If you don’t want to be looking at princesses or baseballs all day while sitting in an uncomfortable mini chair just because it went with the theme, you don’t have too (even though it’s the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen, second to your newborn). Remember, they are babies! Their interests max out at milk and animal mobiles. What you do in your nursery, how you decorate is for you! Here are 3 tips on ways to make your nursery benefit you both.
- Avoid Clutter
You will be going back and forth a ton. Make sure your room has enough space to maneuver from the door to the crib to the changing table with ease. If you have a step stool or basket of diapers lying on the floor and you forget about it during the middle of the night it can result in a nasty fall or worse, a stubbed pinky toe.
- Mini Fridge
The best addition you can add to your nursery is a mini fridge. Keep a bottle of milk or formula inside ready to go. This way, when the baby awakes in the middle of the night hungry, you are prepared to feed him/her which gets both you and your baby back to bed quicker. This can also prove it’s value when Mom needs to catch up on rest and Dad is on feeding duty. Or, if a family member is visiting and wants to help both parents get rest, they can tend to the baby without waking either parent.
With how often babies need their rest, it is important to be able to control the light. Babies are young but they are already smarter than we may think. They know when it’s light outside that it’s party time. But when the room is dark, they know it means bedtime. You don’t need to make your nursery a dungeon, but having the option to control when light comes in is a huge help when it comes to nap time.
Some people ask, “Should I even have a nursery? I’ll probably keep the baby in my room all the time to avoid going back and forth in the night anyway.” If you find yourself agreeing with this question after reading this article, you need to start back at the top. Aside from the tips we shared to make your nursery benefit both you and your baby, you need to remember this one very important thing. You need taken care of too.
Your baby will coo and make several winces during the night that your mind will instantly wake up too with the innate need to nurture. You need time away from the baby to rest and recover to be the best caretaker you can for your little one the next day.