Preparing for your baby’s room or nursery is something moms are most excited for, but a lot don’t know where to begin. You may be on a budget, or you may be one of those lured into buying anything and everything for your coming little one. I recall feeling lost when I was expecting my first baby. I didn’t know where to start and the advice I got from friends and family seemed overwhelming, not to mention costly. I did my research and took the advice of some friends I trusted. Knowing which items are essential for a baby nursery will spare you unwanted expenses. Below are my top choices:
1. Baby’s crib or ‘pack and play’
Babies need a place to sleep on where they can grow into. You may be able to leave your baby on your bed or a mattress on the floor for the first few months, but by the third month they can already learn to roll so this would be unsafe. A crib is a baby’s bed often made of wood and may be your option aesthetic wise as it fits into whatever theme of interiors you go for. Some cribs can cost a lot because they can be converted into a toddler bed later on.
A pack and play also known as a play pen is a portable version sold by popular baby brands. This to my opinion is more practical though may not go with the theme of the room you have in mind. Be sure to research on out- dated or recalled baby items before making any purchase. Some things do not pass USA safety regulations for a reason, so I like to familiarize myself with these and stick to them. A crib with a drop that opens down has stopped being sold because babies have died as they can unlock the door themselves. Cribs with fixed doors are now what considered safe. Just lift your baby and change them on a changing table, not in their bed.
2. Changing table with drawers
Some people will say that babies can be changed in their crib. While this is true, I like to have a separate changing table because newborns can be very messy. They are experts at peeing or soiling themselves while you are actually changing them, so imagine your new sheets getting soiled. Changing pads can be put on top of a chest of drawers to serve this purpose. Baby stuff like diapers, wipes, lotion, hand sanitizer etc. can be kept in the top most drawers or in a basket beside the changing pad for convenience.
3. Night Light
Once you have a baby, you will know how difficult it can be to put them asleep and keep them asleep. You may actually have to do night changes in the dark with just a small amount of light so as not to awaken your baby. Babies also don’t like waking up to a pitch dark room so seeing a bit of light will help them gain confidence in their own space.
4. Baby Monitor
I find the baby monitor to be very helpful so that you can leave your child alone in his room and do some work. You can also use this to sneak in some me time for yourself such as taking a bath or catching a snooze in your own room while your baby is asleep. Before you buy, try to research about the brand and model you plan to purchase, carefully reading reviews and recommendations from actual moms who’ve tried it. I’ve used two and though they were admittedly not top of the line, they broke immediately. Besides having a nanny stay with your baby the entire time is not ideal as it is counter- productive. Your baby needs to learn to be confident alone, secure knowing that if she needs you she can just cry for help and won’t be ignored.
5. Closet or wardrobe and drawers
You will need some space to store your child’s clothes, shoes and even toys. Organizing ahead of time and planning for the days ahead when your baby outgrows his clothes will be beneficial. Try to organize according to size or months and make sure you check those drawers often. Babies grow so fast. My son would fit into 6 month sizes when he was only 3 months.
6. Visual décor on walls that your baby can learn about
I like to put things on my wall that my baby can see as he grows up. Gone are the days when you paint murals on walls. Wall stickers are great things to consider as they are removable. You can change these from time to time as baby grows. I put animals on my walls and show them to my babies as early as one month. You will be surprised at how fast they can pick up. My two children were both very expressive, and alert as babies due to the fact that I purely breast fed but I think constantly talking to them in sentences (never baby talk) makes the difference.
While there may be other things that can be put in a nursery, the things enumerated above were what worked for me. I hope you find these guidelines and tips useful. I’d love to hear from you! Send me a message on Twitter: @marilenmonte or follow me on Instagram: marilenph