Nearly 400,000 babies are born worldwide each day. Bringing a new baby home invokes all kinds of emotions and thoughts. But one thing you want to ensure is that you have all the nursery essentials.
What should be on your nursery checklist? What do you really need for a smooth transition from hospital to home? Here are five things you should have on your nursery checklist.
A crib is essential for a new baby, as this is where your baby sleeps. Choosing a crib seems like a daunting task, but look for one that meets safety standards. A convertible crib that converts to a full-size bed so your child can use it when they get older.
Your child will spend lots of time in their cribs as they age, either for sleeping, playing, or safety reasons, so make your nursery furniture sets match with your nursery design.
Babies go through nearly 2,000 diapers in their first year of life. Stocking up on diapers before the baby arrives, helps expectant parents feel prepared and avoids the need to run to the store at an inconvenient time.
Diapers come in sizes that correlate to your baby’s weight. Stock up on newborn diapers, but be aware that infants grow out of newborn diapers very quickly. Invest in sizes 1 and 2, as your baby will likely be in these for several months.
A mattress and mattress cover for the crib are other nursery necessities. Soft mattresses pose a health risk for infants, so you’ll want to find a firm mattress that meets crib and sleep standards for babies.
Mattress covers protect the mattress from spit up, diaper blow-outs, and other accidents. Make sure your mattress cover fits snugly over the sides of the mattress. Don’t forget about nursery-themed bed sheets as well!
Babies need quite a lot: clothing, diapers, toys, spit-up cloths, and more. Having storage bins or containers keeps everything organized and cuts down on the clutter and messes. Consider getting bins with lids so your child cannot get into storage.
Cloth storage bins are a great choice as well, because they’re soft and sturdy. Place your storage bins in areas where you have easy access to them.
A baby monitor allows you to view your baby from anywhere in your home. When you need to put your baby down for a nap or for the night, you can watch them without worrying about waking them up.
There have been many advances in baby monitor technology, and the prices vary depending on your needs and wants. Do some research and decide what works best for your situation.
With these nursery essentials, you can feel calm and confident bringing your new baby home. Once you have all the essentials in place, you can begin to enjoy your time with the newest member of your family.
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