9 Essential Items For Your Baby’s Nursery
Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the most exciting journey of your life. But are you feeling prepared?
Nine months might seem like a long time, but it really isn’t when you need to get your house (and your head) in gear for the arrival of a baby!
So here, to help you out, are nine things no nursery should be without:
1. A Cot
Obviously, one of the biggest and most crucial items you’ll have to shop for. You can buy new; however, if you want to save some money, buying second-hand is a good option these days. Some people compromise with a brand new mattress to go with a second-hand cot. Just make sure that whichever way you decide to go, the items you buy meet all the necessary safety standards.
Of course, you’ll also need all the bedding to go with the cot. You’ll need a baby sleeping bag or a lightweight quilt, blankets, and cot bed fitted sheets. Fitted sheets will make your life so much easier, especially as you’re likely to be washing all your bedding, regularly. There are other items you can buy too which aren’t essential, but a cot bumper and a cot skirt can transform plain, budget bedding into something a bit special, so they’re worth the extra expense.
3. A Mobile
A mobile is a wonderful way to help your little one to sleep. The calming tones can be just the thing to ease a baby into the land of nod. But even if your baby isn’t into nursery rhymes, they can still work miracles. Mobiles these days do so much more than just play tunes. There are mobiles that play white noise (think hoover sounds, and hairdryer noises), pink noise (heartbeat and the rushing sounds that babies hear in utero) and the sounds of nature (ocean waves and raindrops on leaves) that are just as calming for tired parents as they are for babies who need soothing! Tip from a parent: go with one that makes gentle, soothing sounds rather than one that plays music, unless you want repeated listening of the same songs to put you off nursery rhymes forever!
4. Changing Table
A changing table is an essential that is often overlooked. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your bed will do. The extra washing from various ‘accidents’ will soon be an annoyance too far. Plus, changing tables are great places to store all those essentials you’ll need to keep the baby clean and dry.
A changing table is a great place to keep nappies and creams. However, you’ll want other places to store things too. Baskets placed strategically around the house (by the cot, in the kitchen, where you usually feed your baby) will undoubtedly make your life a lot easier; and you can get some adorable ones these days.
6. A Comfortable Chair
It’s well worth investing in a comfy chair for the nursery. During the day, you have plenty of options for feeding and rocking your baby to sleep; but when your child gets hungry in the middle of the night, having a comfortable chair to feed them right next to the cot will make your life much more pleasant.
7. A Night Light
Night lights are not just a great idea because you don’t want your baby to feel alone and scared in the dark, (although generally, babies don’t have a fear of the dark for at least the first year or so). But they also mean that you don’t spend your nights bashing into things, stepping on things, and stubbing your toes.
8. Baby Monitor
An absolutely essential item, unless you plan to have your baby strapped to you all day and all night. Without it, you’ll constantly be worrying if your little one is alright. Nowadays, they come with cameras as well as audio, so you can actually see baby as well as hear them, for added reassurance.
Something you will no doubt find out soon enough is that children learn by imitating. Getting them into the book habit early will stand them in good stead for the rest of their life. As will having a nice, relaxing bedtime routine which includes cuddles and a bedtime story. It will do wonders for your baby’s development and give you memories to treasure forever.
Wrapping It All Up
Of course, there are many other things you’ll need over time, but the above will undoubtedly have you feeling more organised and ready for your arrival.
This is a collaborative post.