If this is your first baby, you (along with countless first-time parents) probably find nursery decorating as both exciting and intimidating. “What are the basic things I need?” and “How can I ensure safety?” are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself while you stare at your baby’s appointed nursery in your house. Don’t fret just yet! Here’s a guide to the top 13 nursery must-haves to include in your shopping list.
1. Baby Proofing Supplies
You would want to be ready once baby is moving about. Scout for baby proofing items such as plug socket covers, corner guards, and gate rails while the bun is in the oven and busy days haven't loomed in.
Your crib must meet safety standards such as having slats that are 2 3/8” apart, corner posts about 1/16” in height, no cutouts in the headboard or footboard, and a firm and tight-fitting mattress. You’ll need a waterproof mattress pad, too, for diaper leaks.
Expertssuggest that to introduce breastfeeding, babies should room-in with their mommies. A co-sleeper may be the answer if the crib cannot fit in your room.
A mobile should be educational and proper for the baby’s age. A secure, padded one with a black-and-white design and different shapes work well in stimulating newborns.
4. Rocking Chair
You’ll be spending a lot of time in a rocking chair during the early months, as infants find the back-and-forth motion quite soothing. Comfort is a must, so try different chairs before you buy. Opt for one with a locking mechanism for added safety.
5. Changing Pad
Rather than going for a changing table, which may only be beneficial in the first few months, a portable waterproof changing pad is much more functional for your growing child. You can choose the kind that attaches on a dresser or a simple fold-and-go type that can be used anywhere in the house.
6. Diaper Caddy
When baby needs changing, make sure you have a handy diaper caddy for easy access to diapers, cotton swabs, and wipes. A simple basket or container with a handle can do the trick.
7. Diaper Pail
You’ll be surprised how babies can pack a wallop in those little tummies. Have a diaper pail ready in the nursery to keep the room smelling clean. You can check out a diaper pail with odor control in baby stores. You can also opt for a container with a sealed lid and a scented garbage bag or trashcan deodorizer.
8. Baby Monitor
You may not need a baby monitor if your child sleeps in your room or if yaya is around all the time. But in some cases, this may come in handy too. If you think you need one, make sure it doesn’t pick up interference from cordless phones, cell phones, and Wi-Fi routers.
9. Night Light
When the little one needs feeding or changing in the middle of the night, it’s best not to disrupt your baby’s sleep by turning on the light. Check out hardware stores for standard night lights.
10. Bottle Warmer
You don’t have to rush to a microwave once baby fusses for milk. Just place the milk bottle in a bottle warmer to bring it to the right temperature evenly and quickly. This neat gadget can even sterilize pacifiers and other small items.
11. Padded Mat
Your little munchkin needs daily belly time to exercise those muscles, so go for a padded mat that’s easy to clean and lug around the house.
Even while the tot is in the tummy, reading often to your child gives incredible benefits. Make sure books don’t gather dust in the nursery and allot reading time everyday with your baby.
13. MP3 or Music Player
There are numerous researches that support the importance of music to infants. Research also suggests that white noise, the sound of rain, or sounds babies hear inside the womb are helpful in soothing them to sleep