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Making Room for Baby - Top Nursery Design Ideas

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Making Room For Baby - Top Nursery Design Ideas

Setting up a nursery for your new baby can be a wonderful and exciting experience. In addition to creating a cozy environment and decorating to reflect your vision and taste, you’ll want to ensure comfort and safety for your little one. You don’t have to spend a lot to create the ideal environment. Daffodil Creek is home to charming and unique nursery decor items that can be the inspiration for your own design.

Baby Essentials

Some baby items are essential. Others are nice to have. Some are a waste of money that would be better served in a college fund. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with the vast array of options you’ll find in a baby store. The key investments you’ll need to make include a crib, changing table, and car seat. A video monitor is also a wise purchase, as are plenty of bath towels, receiving blankets, and comfortable onesies. A first aid kit with a thermometer and baby fever reducer can also give you peace of mind. While some pricey items are worth the investment, others are not, so read reviews on big-ticket items before making purchases.

Room Decor

Parents opt to decorate their baby's room in many ways. Maybe you want to go with a specific color scheme, a favorite story character, or cuddly animals. If you’re looking for stimulating decor, according to Ask Dr. Sears, babies are drawn to light and dark stripes. Outfitting the room with a clothes hamper and diaper pail are also smart choices. Adjustable lighting can also be helpful. Keep in mind, when you’re shopping for baby items or registering for gifts, the smartest purchases are ones that will grow with your child. For example, a crib that converts into a toddler bed or a playpen that has a bassinet on top that can be used from infancy through the early crawling and walking years.

Safety Measures

Of course, you’ll want to childproof your home, including putting locking devices on toilets and cabinets. Gates for stairways are also wise, as are smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have a pool, a child gate is essential, as is a door alarm and submersible pool alarm. Window blinds should have the cords secured out of baby’s reach, and older windows should be replaced with energy efficient ones to ensure baby isn’t subjected to drafts. The average cost of window repair is close to $300, but that can vary based on window style and repair needs. When interviewing service providers, ask for written estimates, ask for references, read reviews, and ensure the company or individual is licensed and insured.

Parental Comfort

You’re likely to be spending a lot of time in the baby's nursery, so consider your comfort when making purchases. A comfortable rocking chair, nursing pillow, and a soothing nature sound machine can all add comfort to those early weeks and months. According to What to Expect, a jogger stroller can also be a wise parent investment, as can products like wrap-carriers and car seat/stroller sets. Dishwasher bottle cleaners can help reduce the time you spend cleaning and disinfecting, and easy-to-launder baby clothing will all help you save time, get extra sleep, and be more present for your child.

Ensuring your child’s comfort and safety are some of your first acts as parents. That doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on the priciest baby products. Do some advanced research and make prudent investments.

If you’re looking for classic nursery decor, visit Daffodil Creek for ideas and inspiration.
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