It is a very exciting time when you are about to welcome a new baby into the home, however it can also be a stressful one too. This is because you have many things on your mind, including: the birth itself, whether you are ready to be parents, whether you have bought everything you need, and so on. Of course, much of the real experience comes from doing it yourself, meaning it is hard to be “perfectly” prepared before you bring baby home.
However there are some things you can do, and getting your baby’s nursery ready is just one of them. This task is best done a few weeks before your baby’s due date as it means you won’t need to worry about it in the month leading up to the birth. If you have left it a bit late - don’t worry! You can still get it sorted when you find a few spare moments; just remember to let everything dry fully before baby is brought into the room.
Make it safe
Think about the long-term use of your nursery and how it suits being used by a young child. The first thing to remember are smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as these simple devices can actually be the difference between life and death in the family home. Also look towards the plug sockets and ensure they are made to BS 1363:1995 (get a qualified electrician to check); you could also choose to use socket covers to reduce the risk of injury to your child. Finally, make sure that there are no cables or leads in the path of any heat sources, which can also be dangerous.
Make it secure
Decorating a nursery is all about finding the balance between practical and stylish, but you do always need to put the safety of your child first. Windows should be double checked in terms of security, and it is always wise to make sure they don’t open more than 12.5cm. As your child starts to grow, it is best to keep furniture and other items away from the window, just in case they get the urge to climb.
Make it healthy
Depending on the age of your house, some of the old paintwork may contain lead, which can create dangerous dust. This generally applies to homes that were built before the 1970s, but you can get a tradesperson in to check if this applies to you. If the paintwork is in bad condition, you should have it removed by professional decorators. Replace it with one of the modern pots of silk paints for a tough, washable finish that lasts.
Make it organised
Finally, it helps to decorate and furnish your nursery in line with how it will actually be used. You will want to make everything as easy to use as possible, especially in the early days when you are sleep-deprived. Put all of the essential items within easy reach of the changing table, yet away from the hands of your baby. Make sure you take extra care to ensure that all of the furniture is put together properly to make it stable, as you want to keep baby safe during changing or naps.
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