How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood and co-parenting section on SingleDad. This month, learn about the 7 steps to creating comfortable nursery space. Read more.
How To Be a Better Dad: 7
Steps to Creating Comfortable Nursery Space
How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood and co-parenting
section on SingleDad. This month, learn about the 7 steps to creating
comfortable nursery space. Read more.
space is a place you and your baby will spend a lot of time in as your
child grows. Your baby will form a bond with that place, and learn to
appreciate it as a place for security and comfort. You will need a private
space to feed the baby, and to take care of changing and other chores the baby
needs. If you want to create a beautiful nursery space, make sure you make room
for these seven components.
A changing table is more than just a place for dirty
diapers. In your child’s early years, a changing table will be a place for him
or her to get dressed after bathing.
For starters, a combination changing table and dresser gives a space to keep
all of the extra diapers you have (there should be a lot) and your baby’s
onesies. Make it simple and keep everything within arm’s reach.
You should have a variety of blankets suited for different
temperatures. You might even experiment with different textures, opting for
software or coarser fabrics as your baby desires. Store these in a closet or
inside the changing table. You can also get a plastic bin and store them
beneath the baby’s crib. You’ll also need about 2-3 sheets fitted to the size
of your baby’s crib.
A place to feed the baby that you can relax in is ideal.
Rocking chairs with lots of padded cushions will give you ample time for
relaxation while feeding and burping your baby. It might help to keep a basket
close at hand with some extra towels too. If you can, get a footrest for
yourself so that you can give your back a break.
Proper lighting can help set the mood for the baby to sleep. Vertical blinds in windows which can be drawn shut to let in minimal sunlight as needed.
Some parents install a touch lamp in a baby’s crib, or keep a small lamp with a
soft light bulb near the doorway. Make sure the room is darkened, but light
enough for you to get around during your 4 AM trips to see what all the fuss is
Breast pumps and nipple creams are both important aspects of
breast-feeding. The pumps help you keep a reserve handy for those midnight
feeding sessions (or while on the go) and the cream will help safe guard
against chafing. Make sure you also have plenty of bottles and bags handy, with
clean nipples too. Get a nice big baby bag to carry your supplies in when you
go out and keep it mostly stocked with towels and other non-perishables to save
time when you leave.
Hampers and Trash
You’re going to accumulate a lot of dirty diapers, so it
helps to have a trash bin nearby. Most bins designed for diapers have a flap
that opens and closes so waste can only go in. This is ideal for sanitary reasons.
Keep a hamper next to your crib or your changing table, and use Dreft to wash
your baby’s clothes.
You should have a baby monitor handy, and it helps to have a
mobile above baby’s head. It gives them something to look at and play with. Put
soft toys in the crib, avoid small objects and toys with surfaces that may
scratch. Anything that a baby can chew or pull off will end up in his or her
mouth, so remove those potential choking hazards as well.
The design of your nursery is largely up to you. Popular
designs today range from geek to chic, so try printing out some wall decals or
painting a wall stencil of recognizable characters. Anything is fair game when
you’re designing your nursery.
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