If you’re a newbie parent (quick congratulations)… you will appreciate these tips for setting up your bedroom for a new baby.
When you first bring your baby home, you don’t always have space to create a separate nursery. Even if you do have the space, a lot of parents choose to have their baby in their own bedroom for at least the first few months. It’s convenient to have your baby close to you, especially when feeding and changing are frequent occurrences. Whether you have a small home or you just want to keep your baby close for a while, getting your bedroom set up before your baby comes home is important. You don’t want to leave it too late, or you’ll be trying to do it while you also have a newborn on your hands.
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If you want to get your bedroom set up for your baby, here are a few things that you need to do.
Making space in your bedroom should be the first step if you want to make space for baby things. You might need to move some things around and clear out any clutter to make sure you have space for any baby items that you want to put in. Firstly, tidy away any non-essential items. There might even be some things that aren’t particularly safe to have in your bedroom with a baby in there. It could be a good idea to consider moving or even removing any bulky pieces of furniture that take up a lot of space.
When your baby first comes home, a crib isn’t necessarily something you have to have. As long as your baby has somewhere safe and comfortable to sleep, it doesn’t matter what it is. A crib can take up a lot of space, whereas a Moses basket is much easier to fit into a small space. They’re also portable, so you can move them around to different places in your home too. Another option might be a side-sleeping crib that attaches to your bed. Co-sleeping is generally regarded as being unsafe, but these cribs can offer you a safer way to keep your baby close.
Setting up a corner for your baby in your room will ensure you have a dedicated space for any baby-related activities. As well as somewhere for your baby to sleep, you might make sure there’s space for changing, plus essential things that you need, such as clothes. Consider the best place in your room to set this up. It could be to one side of your bed or maybe at the end of your bed. You might even have closet space that you can open out that would make the perfect place for your baby.
If you don’t have much space to work with, you don’t want to be overrun with baby stuff. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need too much for a newborn baby. You don’t have to have lots of toys, and there isn’t even really a need to stock up on clothes just yet. You can focus on buying things as and when you need them instead of buying everything at once. It will mean you don’t have things sitting in boxes for months until it’s time to use them, and you won’t need to use up as much space.
A changing table isn’t really a necessity, even if some people feel it’s nice to have. A changing mat can be used anyway, it’s portable, and it’s easy to store away too. You can use it on the floor, or you can put it on your bed or dresser. Just make sure you don’t let go of your baby if you use a high surface. They might not move much at first, but they will quickly learn to roll over. When you’re not using the changing mat, you can just stash it wherever you have the space.
There are lots of ways you can save space in your bedroom to make sure you have the space for your baby. Multi-functional furniture can offer one good way to make the most of the space that you have available. Smart storage can also help you to ensure you use space in a clever way. Try using vertical storage to store your baby’s things. You can hang things on the wall for storing clothes, toys, or other baby essentials. Just make sure everything is safely secured.
Set up your bedroom for your baby so you can save space and keep your baby close to you at the same time.
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