Nothing’s more exciting than the last few months before a baby arrives. Whether you’re pregnant and expecting your first—or second—or in the final stages of the adoption process, you’re most likely experiencing a huge spectrum of emotions. Of course you’re happy and impatient—but if you’re anxious, fearful, and uncertain, that’s okay too! Keep your mind off those worries about late-night feedings and messy diapers by doing everything you can to be prepared for your new little one. When you’re setting up the nursery, try these smart ideas to make life easier during those first hectic weeks.
Newborn babies tend to sleep a lot (maybe not on the exact schedule you’d like them to, but here’s hoping!) While you’re setting up your nursery, keep in mind that you very likely will want to share a room with baby at first, since he’ll be waking for feedings every few hours. (The whole three-meals-a-day thing? Babies definitely don’t get that message!) If you think you’d like to have your baby in your own bedroom for awhile, you might consider using a portable crib next to your bed and transitioning baby to his full crib when he’s a few months old and sleeping through the night.
Clothing, Toys, and Storage
If your family and friends know you’re expecting, we don’t have to tell you that baby gifts tend to pour in like crazy. Where are you going to store all those cute onesies and pajama sets, stuffed animals, burp cloths, and blankets? You might think about custom furniture for the nursery that offers lots of storage space, like a chest of drawers in the same finish as baby’s crib.
You can also redesign and repurpose pieces you’ve grown tired of in other rooms. Are you sick of your fold-out living room couch? Why not work with Dr. Sofa on reupholstering it to go in the nursery? Space in big cities is very tight, as you know, and if you have only one bedroom besides your own to spare, you may want to use it as both your new addition’s room and a place for guests to stay. If you’re hosting friends overnight, your little one can sleep in your bedroom in his portable crib while your guests enjoy a refurbished fold-out bed. When it comes to furniture services in NYC, we know how to keep your use of space efficient!
Changing and Bathing
Setting up the changing table? Before you occupy a significant portion of your nursery space, consider whether you have room for the table in one of your bathrooms. This leaves space in the baby’s room for furniture with storage space and makes it easier for you to plop your little guy or gal right into the tub after a hopelessly messy diaper episode (yes, they happen to everyone.) A table with storage space underneath allows you to stack baskets of clothes, wipes, diapers, and other supplies right where you’ll want them during changing time!
Congratulations. You’re going to be great at this. Have fun preparing your home for your wonderful bundle of joy!