March 20, 2018

Preparing your baby into the world requires not only preparing the baby's needs but also making sure that your baby has a place to stay in your own home. We hope to help you with this following guide on how to make your own baby nursery.

 

Things to Ponder on Location of Baby’s Nursery

Before you decide on the location of your baby's nursery, make sure that the area is quiet and not in direct contact with sunlight. Putting these things into consideration will ensure that your baby’s room will be optimized for a stress-free environment. A quick note though - should you decide on having the baby nursery in a different room, the room’s measurement should be least 8 by 9 feet in size.

Next, should you decide to use paint (either to paint the designated nursery room or repaint your own room), make sure that the paint has the following characteristics:

  • Should have zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Should be water-based
  • Must be applicable without primer, if possible

*Do take note that if you’re pregnant, you should stay away from any process of painting the nursery room, even if zero VOC paint is being used.

On deciding whether your baby's nursery should be in your room or they should have their own, here are the pros and cons to aid you in your decision:

 

Pros of having the nursery in your room:

  • Breastfeeding-friendly since your baby's closer
  • Ease of monitoring of the baby
  • Ease of resolving nighttime fussiness of baby

 Cons of having the nursery in your room

  • Baby sounds may bother you from sleeping comfortably
  • Baby may develop less-than-ideal sleeping habits
  • May have the habit (and may cause you to stress over it) on checking up with the baby every now and then

Weigh those carefully and upon making a decision. The next step is to know what to put in the nursery…

 

What to Put in the Nursery

The very first thing you should put in your nursery should be a crib, as it will dictate where most of the items should be once everything has been placed. Here are some tips on knowing where to place your crib:

  • Avoid placing it near a window, as the dangers of your baby climbing over the crib is very present
  • Make sure the crib is far from electrical sockets, plugs, and electrical cords
  • Leave a large amount of space if you should be placing bookshelves or of similar type, as to avoid objects falling in the crib
  • As much as possible, avoid baby mobiles; reasons being:
    • When babies are around 5 months old, they’re able to stand up and grab things, so those can present as possible choking hazards
    • Baby mobiles actually distract babies rather than helping them sleep

 

Once you’ve set-up the location of your crib, here are the essential items to place in your nursery:

  • Changing table
    • Should be placed near the baby crib
    • Make sure to keep supplies within arm’s reach for ease of access
  • Nightlight
    • For checking on your baby while keeping them asleep
    • Also useful when baby needs to change in the evening as to not hurt their eyes
  • Window guards
    • To prevent toddlers from climbing over them, even if the crib is very far from any windows
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toy basket
  • Baby monitor (if the baby nursery is in a different room)
  • Ceiling fan
    • To reduce the chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) via proper air circulation

Creating the best possible nursery room is vital for your baby’s growth as this enables your baby to have a sense of security.  Following these tips would also give you a sense of security knowing that should any complication arise, you’re very close to your baby.