If you’re expecting a baby, setting up the nursery is a good way to prepare your home for your new arrival. To get the nursery ready, you’ll need to clean the room, set up the furniture, decorate, and organize the room. With a little planning, you can create a safe, welcoming space for your bundle of joy.
Clear out the room that you’re turning into the nursery. It’s best to get a fresh start, so take out as many things from the rooms as you can, even if you plan to put them back eventually. This will allow you to thoroughly clean the room before you set up the furniture.
Clean all the surfaces in the room, including the walls and floor. Babies are susceptible to allergens like dust, mold, and pet hair, so get the room as clean as possible. Use a sponge and soapy water to clean the walls, sweep, and mop hard floors, and shampoo the carpet.
Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean the nursery. Stick to plain soapy water, homemade cleaners like baking soda or vinegar, or green cleaners like baking soda.
Install a dimmer switch if the lights are bright. If the only light in your room is one bright overhead light, consider replacing the light switch with a dimmer switch instead. Turn off the power to the light switch at the fuse box, then unscrew the switch plate and disconnect the wires from the existing switch. After that, reattach the wires to the dimmer switch and screw the new switch plate into place.
You will need to replace your light bulbs with bulbs that function with a dimmer. A lamp with a soft light bulb or stick-on LED lights are also good options for creating a soft glow in your nursery.
Oil the door hinges so they don’t creak. Using a common household lubricant like WD-40, apply a little oil to each hinge on the nursery door to keep it from creaking. When you get the baby to sleep and the door closes silently behind you, you’ll be glad you did this!
Install some safety features like a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. This might not be as fun as decorating the nursery, but it’s very important that you make sure all the most vital safety features are in place. Choose a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector for the nursery, anchor all the heavy furniture to the walls, and protect outlets with plastic covers. If you prefer, it’s fine to have separate carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
Paint the nursery. Once you know the theme for your nursery, you can paint the walls if you want to. Make sure you choose a non-toxic paint that won’t flake so that your cold won’t be able to peel the paint off the wall and eat it when they become a curious toddler. If you have already installed the furniture, move it to the center of the room and cover it with drop cloths or old sheets so it doesn’t get stained with paint.
Furnishing The Nursery
Assemble the furniture in the nursery in case it won’t fit in the door. There’s nothing worse than spending hours putting together furniture only to find that you can’t get it through the door. Save yourself time, effort, and stress by putting the furniture together inside the nursery, especially large pieces like the crib and nursing chair, like this Betty Rocking Chair.
Put together the crib according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Creating a safe environment for your baby to sleep in is one of the most important things that you can do when you are setting up the nursery. Read through the instruction manual carefully when you’re installing the crib and make sure it’s secure before your baby comes home. If you don’t feel confident in your construction skills, hire a professional to assemble the crib for you.
Don’t use a crib that is more than ten years old and never use a crib that is broken or modified in any way. Look for a crib with a firm mattress, and be sure there are no more than two fingers wide of space between the edges of the mattress and the side of the crib. For safety purposes, the slats on your crib should be no more than 6cm apart. You can also choose to use a bassinet or a co-sleeper when your baby first comes home if you would prefer to.
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