Before you have your first baby, it can be fairly straightforward knowing what big things to get. You know that you need a large crib, stroller, and car seat, right? But what about some of the smaller things? You don’t want to have to head out to the shops often when you’ve got a newborn. So you want the nursery to be stocked up with everything; the large and the small. Here are some of the smaller things that you don’t want to forget in your baby’s nursery.
Changing Mat and Essentials
You might have chosen to have a changing station in the nursery. It makes it really handy for night changes. You aren’t always going to be in the nursery when your baby needs to have a change. So having a portable changing mat is essential. Then baby can be changed in comfort anywhere. A diaper caddy is also a good idea to have. Then the diapers are all on display. If you can see how many you have, you know you won’t ever run out. As you can buy more when it is getting low. It makes them easy to grab when you are in a rush too.
Along the same lines, it might be a good idea to get a diaper pail. It will depend on your home situation and how easy it is to get to the outside trash cans. If you live in an apartment, a diaper pail is a fantastic idea. As you can’t just head down flights of stairs a few times a day when you have a newborn. If you have multiples, then it would be essential too. Think of how many diapers you will be changing with one baby, never mind two. They are pretty inexpensive so are pretty worth it.
To start with, it is really important to have the baby in your room to start with. You might not have thought of that and just got a crib. But getting a Moses basket or bassinet is pretty essential. You can rock your baby to sleep in it and have them close by to you. They are quite small in size so it won’t take up too much space. You could go for a wicker Moses basket as they are the most long lasting. They are also made from palm or maize too.
When you haven’t got your baby in your arms, it is easy to forget about things that will happen when they’re with you. But you will have plenty of night feeds coming up. You might have got a rocking chair to have in their room, which is a great idea. But you want to keep the light as dim as possible. If you put the full lights on, it can wake the baby right up. So one way to overcome that is to get a nightlight in the room. It just gives off enough light for you to see, but without waking the baby. You could also change the main light switch for a dimmer switch. Then you can set the lighting as you’d like it.