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Getting baby’s nursery ready

Preparing the baby’s nursery is a fun job to do before your bundle of joy arrives. Here’s a baby nursery list to help get them settled in at home.

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  • Consider keeping the room minimal and accessorizing with colorful pieces. It’s easy to change some cushions and the cot will go eventually, but updating the walls and flooring are a bigger task.
  • Think about the room itself. Is it on the quiet side of the house? Does it get a lot of sunlight? Is it draughty?
  • Check out Pinterest to put together a board of inspiration as well as things on your wish list.
  • Make a basic collage (online or with craft supplies) with the items and colors you like. You can then move things in and out to see what works.
  • Think about putting in a dimmer switch. Bright lights don’t make sleepy babies.
  • Check if you need to oil the door hinges if they are stiff and squeaky.
  • Consider a drop-side cot or a cot with a plenty of levels.
  • Assemble the cot inside the room, it might be too big to fit through the door.
  • Think about investing a comfy armchair or rocking chair for night feeds or to soothe baby.
  • Consider buying a changing table or get a short chest of drawers with a baby-changing top.
  • Buy a changing mat.
  • Buy a diaper bin.
  • Ensure any nursery furniture that could be pulled over is securely attached to the wall.
  • Look into using wall decals. They peel off easily but make the room look fun instantly.
  • Consider buying blackout blinds.
  • Buy a baby guard for the door to the nursery or stairs nearby.
  • Buy different types of blankets for all weather conditions.
  • Buy a lamp or nightlight for late-night diaper changes.
  • Consider buying a baby monitor—maybe with a camera—and install it safely with wires out of baby’s reach.
  • Buy a room thermometer if your monitor doesn’t have one. Buy a fan if baby’s room gets hot in the summer.
  • Buy a humidifier if the air is dry. Especially good for winter babies.
  • Paint the room three months before baby is due to make sure the room is fume-free. Water based or Zero VOC paints are ideal.
  • Another fun job when you’re done getting the nursery ready is thinking of baby names! See our checklist for ideas.

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