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Are you or your spouse expecting a new baby soon? If so, congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life that you’ll cherish forever. As the due date approaches though, you may start to get overwhelmed with what needs to get done before your bundle of joy is brought into the world. Between birthing classes, packing a hospital bags and getting the house prepared for the new baby, it can seem like there’s always something to do.
But, we’re here to help! Preparing the nursery for the new baby is a very important job. When done correctly, this can not only help make day-to-day tasks like late night diaper changes easier, it can also help to protect your baby from potential harm.
Getting the House Ready for the Baby: How to Baby Proof a Nursery
- Clear Out the Room: Whether you are converting a spare bedroom or an office into the nursery, it is important to first clear the room out. Before bringing a baby into the room, you want to know exactly what is in the room.
- Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products: Babies are very susceptible to germs and allergens. Get the room as clean as possible using non-toxic cleaning materials. When cleaning the nursery, stick to soap, water and homemade natural cleaners.
- Add Any Safety Detectors: If you don’t have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in the nursery, take the time to add one.
- Anchor All Furniture: It may seem silly to anchor the furniture to the wall before your child is able to crawl, but time flies and your child may be mobile before you know it. Anchor the dresser bookcases, television and any other heavy furniture pieces to the wall.
- Add a Comfy Chair: You will likely be spending a lot of time in this room throughout the day and night. Add a comfy chair next to the crib for you to relax while you soothe your baby.
- Set up a Baby Monitor: A baby monitor can not only give you peace of mind, it can also help you to hear your baby stirring and waking.
- Check for Choking Hazards: Thoroughly check the room for any potential choking hazards. For example, only use blinds that do not have hanging blind cords.
- Create a Baby Changing Station: Create a station with a changing pad, extra clothes, diapers and wipes. Keeping all of the items you’ll need to change a diaper together will help when you’re changing diapers in the middle of the night.
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