When you have a baby on the way, it can feel like you have so much to do in such a short period of time. However, your baby is going to arrive needing all of the babyproofing done and a lifetime’s worth of clothes ready for them to start wearing. But what they are going to need is a safe place to sleep and grow in the first few weeks and months of life.
So to help you focus your limited time and energy on the right areas, here are three things to prepare in your nursery before the baby comes.
Paint Well Before Baby’s Arrival
If you’re going to have a nursery dedicated to your baby, then you’ll want to have at least some of the finishing touches on this room ready well before your baby arrives. Most importantly, you’ll want to have a significant amount of time between when you paint the baby’s room and when the baby starts spending time in that room.
In addition to it just taking a while for paint to dry completely, you don’t want to put your baby in a room that has the fumes of a freshly painted room. And while you can get and use paint that has low VOCs and won’t give off a lot of fumes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So as soon as you choose the final colors for the nursery, get on the painting so it can have at least a few weeks to completely air out before the baby comes.
Put Together The Furniture
When you finally get your baby here, all of your time and energy is going to be going into loving and caring for that little one. And when you do get a few minutes or hours to yourself, you’re not going to want to spend that time putting together furniture for the nursery.
To save yourself a lot of stress here, it’s best to have all of the furniture put together before the baby’s due date. This way, you can use it whenever you need it and you don’t have to worry about putting anything together when you’re running on just a few hours of sleep.
Situate Baby Basics
Most newborn babies really only need a few basics to get them through the first phase of their life. So if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on accessories or you’re working with limited space, you can make it through with just some baby basics.
In the nursery, try to find space for things like diapers and wipes, clothes for the baby to sleep in, bottles and other feeding supplies, and items that will help keep your baby healthy and comfortable, like a bulb syringe and cleaning supplies. With these basics in place, your nursery will be all set for when your baby makes their appearance.
If you’re going to be bringing a baby into your home soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get the nursery all ready beforehand.