Are you expecting a bundle of joy? It comes with a series of fearful and exciting emotions as you step into the role of parenthood. You can’t help but rethink every step you’re making, hoping you’re moving in the right direction. It’s okay- all parents go through the same highs and lows. One of the key considerations during this period is preparing the nursery in time for the baby. We break down how you can do this to ensure you’re not ordering things at the last minute. Pro tip- start preparing the nursery from as early as four months into the pregnancy. It takes a lot to bring it all together. But if you’re well into your pregnancy, worry not. Our guide also caters to last-minute rushes.
Getting the Room Ready
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could walk into the nursery and start installing wallpaper for walls straight away? But that’s not the right way to get the room ready for your baby. First, you must:
- Get rid of all items in the room: Even if you will probably need some of them later, now is the time to clear them out. It allows you to take stock of what you need and what needs to be in storage.
- Scrub all the surfaces in the room. Don’t leave any surface untouched. Make sure you clean the walls, floors, and even ceiling. You can consider this as prep work for the nursery wallpaper too. So, what’s the best cleaning solution for a nursery? We recommend soapy water instead of harsh chemicals. If you have stubborn stains in the room, resort to homemade cleaners like vinegar. Anything too dirty can be thrown out and replaced.
- Assess the lighting. Babies sleep most of the day and night. Even so, some babies will not sleep in the dark and need some lighting. You also need lighting to access the room when the baby is asleep or for feeding time. Assess how bright the light is and consider installing a dimmer switch. Now might also be a good time to switch to LED lights.
- Fix the windows and doors. You’ll want to ensure that the baby is safe indoors and that the conditions are ideal for their wellbeing. Make sure the windows shut well and check how the door opens. Also, make sure the door opens without making a sound and can be shut from the inside. If you hear any creaks, oil the hinges and see if this works.
- Add smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensuring that you’re aware of any danger to the baby will allow you to act on time. Of course, the hope is that you will never deal with such incidents. But seeing as you have no control over what happens in the nursery, you are better off being safe.
- Cover electrical fixtures. You don’t want to leave live wires exposed, as this can also be a safety concern. Ensure that you protect them all with plastic covers and keep them out of reach. If the sockets are near areas that get splashed with water, consider rewiring them. Also, on this note, have an electrician come in and check out the wiring in the room and ensure that it all checks out.
- Add wallpaper. The fun part now begins at this point. Some people prefer painting the rooms. Be careful not to use toxic paint whose fumes can harm the baby. You are better off using temporary wallpaper, which you can change as often as you want. It’s easy to install and clean, requires low maintenance, lasts as many as 15 years, and comes off without damaging the walls. It’s best to get this part out of the way now before you start moving furniture into the space.
If you’ve gotten this far, you are only a few steps away from completing the nursery. What you’ve done is the bulk of the work.
Adding the Furniture
The furniture in the room will serve the baby, you, and other caregivers in the room. So, while you may be heavily invested in the crib, changing stations, and closets, you must also consider rocking chairs, rugs, and other accessories. You need to:
- Put the furniture together. Most pieces come in separate parts, and you need to assemble them in the nursery. Doing it in the nursery ensures that you don’t need to move the furniture once it’s in place. To ensure you get this right, read the instruction manual. If it does not make sense to you, ask a professional to come and assemble the furniture. Make sure you check if the furniture has approval for nursery use. Some products on the market have proven unsafe and could pose a danger to you and your baby. That goes for everything, including cribs and changing stations.
- Anchor furniture. If you’re bringing in heavy furniture, you’ll want to make sure it remains in place. While the baby may not move it, the furniture could move or fall on its own, creating a danger to the baby and you. The fewer the moving parts there are, the easier it will be to keep things under control.
- Add a chair. We recommend that you have a sofa or rocking chair where you can feed the baby or rest when the baby is asleep. There are tons of safe options. Ensure they can hold your weight and the baby. Also, consider buying chairs with storage where you can fit baby bottles and a quick change of clothes.
- Add a changing station and storage space. You’ll need to dedicate a space to change the baby. On this note, also ensure you have enough storage space for the baby’s things. Add a bin for dirty diapers too.
We are almost done- only one more step lies ahead.
Completing the Theme
Before you even install wallpaper or buy furniture, you should have already settled on a theme. That way, you can ensure that the wallpaper and furniture play into each other. It’s now time to add accessories that match this décor, including pillows, rugs, curtains, and toys.
Your work is now complete. You can tweak the room to match your dream nursery. Have fun!