Your baby is coming soon? Preparing the Baby Room for your Newborn
Your baby is coming soon. You need to prepare the nursery, but you do not have enough money to hire an interior designer and buy expensive stuff.
Though it is not advisable to let your baby sleep in her own bedroom for the first six months, you will still need to prepare one for when she is ready to sleep alone. Preparing the baby room is part of your nesting process. It is a natural instinct to prepare for a baby’s arrival. It can help in reducing stress during pregnancy.
Your baby is so precious. It is very tempting to spend on expensive furniture and baby room stuff. However, this may not be practical.
No budget? Do not fret. Here are some useful strategies and money-saving tips that can help you prepare baby room:
Before heading to the store, consider the size of the baby room. Consider the number of furniture and stuff that can fit into the room. Write down the stuff that you are going to buy.
Draw a floor plan to visualize the room and the placement of all the furniture that you are planning to buy. It also helps to take accurate measurements of the baby room. It will give you a realistic and accurate idea whether the stuff can fit into the room or not.
Planning Won’t Hurt
Before buying furniture and accessories, consider how many months your baby can use it. Cute wardrobes and drawers may be tempting to buy, but it will be easily outgrown.
A small cot may be convenient to use. However, in the long run, a two-layer cot that also serves as a bed or playpen may give more value for your money.
Know the Baby Room Essentials
Here is a list of essentials that you need to have in your baby room:
Choose a mattress, which fits perfectly into the cot or bassinet. It prevents the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). If the mattress is too loose and moves around, your baby may go under it and suffocate.
Bassinet or cot
A bassinet is convenient for co-sleeping. It lets you sleep with your newborn while preventing SIDS. As for the cot, you can choose one with two layers. The first layer is for when your baby is a newborn. The second and lower layer is for when he/she grows up. It can be used as a cot bed or as a playpen.
Fitted Waterproof Mattress Protector
Mattress protectors keep your mattress from liquids, spills, urine and dirt.
Fitted sheets also reduce the risk of suffocation and SIDS. Buy two to three so you can replace a used fitted sheet with a fresh one.
Muslin Wraps or Swaddling Blankets
Swaddling blanket can keep your baby warm during the night. It also prevents her from waking up due to her startle reflex.
A baby bath tub and a diaper changing table can be convenient to use, but there’s no need to buy those. You can bath your baby on the sink or bathtub. You can change his diaper on the bed or floor.
Choose face towels that are soft and thin because your baby’s skin is extra sensitive.
Bath towels for babies have hood. Buy two so you can replace the used towel with a fresh one.
Muslin squares or Terry Cloth Nappies
This kind of cloth serves as a changing mat or as spew rag.
Buy just one pack of newborn disposable nappies so you can easily buy larger ones if he outgrows them quickly.
Baby Bath Tub
A baby bath helps you in bathing your newborn because he can be slippery and wiggly when wet. Choose a baby bath with a plug because it is easier to empty.
Cotton balls or Wipes
Cotton balls are gentle to use for washing your baby’s face. Baby wipes are used to clean his genitalia and bottom during diaper changes. It is also useful in wiping spills and spews.
Changing Mat or Table
Changing mat serves as padding for your baby’s back during diaper changes. Changing table makes it more comfortable for you to change your baby’s diapers.
You do not need to buy lots of baby clothes. Cute baby dresses can be tempting to buy. However, your baby will surely outgrow those quickly. Just buy a few essential pieces that your baby will surely use.
- Short-sleeved Bodysuits (around 5 pieces)
- Singlet (around 5 pieces)
- Long-sleeved Bodysuits (around 5 pieces)
- Socks (3 pairs)
Out and About
Babies, most especially newborns, are required by the law to be in a secure baby capsule or car seat (rear-facing) while riding a car. Have the car seat installed in your car weeks before your due date. This will ensure the safety of your baby while travelling.
This will come in handy during emergency trips and quick trips out-of-town. Make sure that it always contains your baby’s essentials, such as clothes, wipes and nappies.
This is important when you prefer not to buy a stroller. It is much more convenient to use and takes up less space. It also promotes a closer bond between you and your baby.
Feeding bottles are essential when you choose not to breastfeed your baby. Buy a few 4 oz. bottles for the first few months. After that, you will need to buy larger feeding bottles for her succeeding months.
If you prefer to breastfeed your baby, breast pads are indispensable during the first few weeks after delivery. Your breast may be engorged and too much milk may flow from it. These can absorb the milk and keep your clothes dry.
Breast pump can be used to express milk from the breast and store it for future consumption. You can also use it to express milk when you experience breast engorgement.
Sticking with the essentials may help you save money in preparing the baby’s room.