Preparing your home for a new baby is a glorious and exciting time. It’s going to be a whirlwind once you’re situated back home after the hospital, but if you got everything you needed ready then the whirlwind will leave far less devastation. Getting the house ready before the birth is part of the fun of being new parents. Buying new baby furniture is also quite delightful.
New parents will invest in baby cribs and baby bedding, since you won’t have one already lying around. Brand new cribs will conform to safety regulations so you should be fine on that front. If it’s solidly built, with a wood or metal frame, you’re good. As for the bedding, well, as cute as the comforters, pillows, and stuffed animal accessories may be, hold off on those until you’re shopping for toddler bedding sets. Newborns need to be safe from any and all suffocation hazards. It’s a downer, I know, but there will be plenty of years where you can redecorate your baby’s room. Just wait until those terrible twos!
Along with the baby cribs you look at it would be wise to buy a changing table. Babies are eating machines. They will need to be changed often and at very unexpected times. And, while you’re decorating the room for your newborn, be sure to put the changing table someplace near shelves or storage. This way you don’t have to walk away from the table to get the supplies for the changing. It’s a smart and safe design idea.
The room itself is the creative aspect of all of this. Your baby is going to be looking around at everything in absolute wonder, you might as well make it interesting. Bright colors and simple shapes are good for learning as your baby gets older. Pick a theme: dinosaurs or ponies? You’re going to have to get used to letting your imagination run wild if you intend on keeping up with the little one. Consider this practice. Wall art, area rugs, and assorted other baby furniture should be as functional as it is adorable. Anchoring furniture is a good idea for when baby begins to sit and stand up. The furniture should not be so heavy as to be a potential danger if it’s used for support.
And this is only the beginning. Just you wait. With each new kids show, each new school topic, and each new friend your kid makes in his lifetime you will see new interests. New interests mean redecorating the room. It’s going to be a long and magical journey for you and your family.
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