Are you rushing to get the nursery ready for Baby?
We know there’s already so much to do, but here are some important aspects you definitely don’t want to overlook when preparing the nursery.
1. Air Out Walls and New Furniture
You don’t want your newborn breathing in lung-irritating, toxic fumes, so you will definitely want to complete your walls and furniture assembly weeks before baby arrives. It is a good idea to get this done asap in case baby is early. Pregnant mom should not be breathing in the fumes either, so you may want to outsource that painting or wallpapering job, then open all the windows if you can to let the room air out. Better yet, use low- and zero-VOC paints and formaldehyde-free furniture to limit the toxin exposure to Mama and Baby. Keep in mind, these paints still off-gas … just not as long as regular paint.
2. Check Flooring
Along with finishing the walls, you may want to evaluate your flooring. Wood floors with area rugs are typically better than wall to wall carpeting. Carpet is hard to clean and can harbor dust and allergens that present a health hazard for baby. If your rugs are old, they may need to be replaced.
3. Research Before Buying
This is where seasoned parents can help you. You will want to check usability and safety ratings on furniture and equipment before buying to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Your crib is especially important! Are slots properly spaced, screws tight, and mattress gap free? Also, make sure there are no pillows or lose items in the crib. Click Here For Your Guide To Babyproofing
4. Cut Down On Light
Be sure you have thick window coverings that keep light out so that no artificial light creeps in at nighttime. Keeping them open during the day and letting Baby nap in daylight will help her circadian rhythm develop faster. Make sure to choose red or amber nightlights – stay away from any blue, green, or white lighting! They will harm baby’s sleep more than you know!
5. Stock Up On Disposables
You definitely don’t want to be running to the store your first week with baby because you don’t have enough diapers and wipes. Stock up on as many essentials as you can. You will also want to prepare meals ahead if possible. You could even have a food prep party to keep your freezer stocked with yummy, breastmilk-nourishing, easy-to-prepare meals!
For more great ideas read our other articles on nurseries:
What Household Stuff To Stock Up On Before Baby Arrives, Baby Center Community