Welcoming a new family member may seem like a daunting task. The life that you used to know gets thrown into chaos. Sacrifices to your sleep, lifestyle and habits are inevitable.
With the never-ending list of things to prepare for your newborn, it’s easy to get flustered and feel overwhelmed. But the key is to remain calm and take things one at a time.
The first and possibly the most important thing to do is to set up a nursery. All else will follow from there. Here are six tips to keep in mind when designing your baby’s nursery.
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1. Select a suitable crib
Eat, pee, poop, sleep, repeat. That’s basically the life of a newborn. Before their bones become more developed, they’d spend most, if not all of their time lying on their cot.
Choosing a cosy crib that suits your lifestyle is crucial. Think of how big a cot is good for your baby, how long you want the cot to last your baby, and the other functions of the cot.
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2. Pick a comfortable chair for nursing
Apart from sleeping, you’ll find that your little monster seems to be always hungry. They need to be fed about every two to four hours, which essentially means you can bid your beauty sleep goodbye.
Especially if you are or your wife is breastfeeding, which can take more than 30 minutes, it pays to have a comfy chair to rest on while your baby feeds. Explore different cushions or nursing support pillows to prevent or alleviate back pain, stiff shoulders and sore arms.
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3. Make space for changing
The last part of your newborn’s daily routine is excreting waste. Changing diapers may seem like a nightmare with your baby’s incessant wailing. The trick, though, is to get it over and done with fast.
This begins with an allocated space for changing diapers, so that you instinctively know where to go, instead of fumbling around. The space should ideally have a waterproof mat in case of spillage, or in case your baby thought it’s a good time to pee when changing — it’s not.
Having new diapers, nappy rash cream, baby wipes, a box of tissue and a waste box within reach will also help to streamline the diaper-changing process.
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4. Create storage space
As your little one enters your life, it may be tempting to buy all of the cute clothes and daily necessities that you can find. Before you land yourself in a mountain of shopping loots, make sure you have ample storage space.
A chest of drawers is a good start. You can assign different drawers for different categories. Employing the KonMari Method will help you with storing and locating things.
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5. Designate a play area
Lastly, having a play area to keep your baby occupied comes in handy when you need to eat or take a break. But ensure that your baby is within sight, and no hazardous object is within reach.
Baby bouncers and baby rockers are enough to entertain them. Adding some dangling toys will keep them fascinated, albeit temporary. But they will, at least, buy you some time while you gobble down your food.
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Although raising a kid is no easy feat, these little monsters will grow up in a blink of an eye. It may be a frustrating process, but learning to enjoy their little quirks will turn their growth stages into beautiful memories in the time to come.