Different Ways to Decorate Your Baby’s Room
So, you’re having a baby! Oh, boy (or girl) are you in for years of fun and sweet, sweet memories. Congratulations! We’re happy for you and want to get you some useful information to help when you bring he/she home and as the little tyke grows.
- Baby Gates
First, you do not want to use the older accordion styles that are missing a top filler bar as well as gates that have horizontal slats or footholds. Junior is going to be too easily tempted to bust right through those. There are two primary kinds of baby gates:
- Pressure mounted, which are best for between two rooms because they are not considered secure enough for places where falls could be possible, like the top of your stairs. For potential fall areas, use
- Hardware mounted gates because they are attached to the framing with bolts
- Look for a sticker on the frame or box from JPMA that will tell you that the manufacturer believes they have met the voluntary safety standards as defined by the Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association (JPMA). Their rules are designed to address:
- Heights no less than 22 inches
- The distance between the floor and the gate’s bottom should be less than three inches. We want to avoid stuck heads or necks.
- Component strengths
- Opening sizes to protect tiny fingers and toes
- You may want to have a gate ready for travel to Grandma and Grandpa’s or other family and friend’s homes
- You may also be able to utilize gates to protect your child from bathrooms, fireplaces, kitchens, etc. where accidents may happen.
- You want the gates to have a straight top edge and vertical bars, closely spaced or have a fine mesh screen. If you go with a screen, get a fine weave, so fingers and toes won’t fit through
- Follow the instructions for setting up to be sure it’s safe
- And remember, a gate is never a sitter for your baby. Never leave the baby unattended
Co-sleepers are the latest and greatest invention for Mom, Dad and baby. These allow you to comfortably rest in your “big bed” while the baby is just an arm’s reach away.
The spirit of this gem is to allow Moms and Dads to rest, which is very challenging with a new baby, while the baby is also sleeping. It offers parents peace of mind and keeps you near the baby, so you can just open your eyes to check them, without the added energy of getting up and walking across the hall.
Be aware that co-sleeping may not be for all parents, but if you choose that option, be sure it’s a sleeper that encourages your restoring rest as well as the babies.
- The most modern design fits right up next to your bed’s mattress
- Another design lays flat between two adult pillows, comes with a very handy night light, has head and foot barriers to keep baby from slipping out and folds easily for storage or travel
- You can pick up a bassinet that has one side with a lowered barrier that allows you to peek in and reach baby to touch and comfort when needed. The bottom half of this treat is surrounded by breathable mesh for easy use during the day when the baby is napping. There is also a model that offers storage underneath rather than an added sleeping spot
- Another flat sleeper good for the bed or the floor or even outdoors has an excellent surrounding protector to keep baby from rolling out
- There is a travel sleeper that comes with the cutest little canopy to protect baby from sun and elements that can double as a co-sleeper
If you choose to register somewhere to help gift givers pick up exactly what you want, they will provide prompts for necessary items. If you decide to take a different route, here are some must-have items:
- Diaper bag (backpack if possible) and diapers
- Changing pad
- Bottle warmer and bottles, breast pump if needed
- Car seat
- Baby carrier
- Booster seat (can replace a high chair)
- Crib or bassinet
- Diaper pail plus plastic bags
- Rocking chair
- Night Light
- Baby bath tub
Then there are the luxury baby items for your little king or queen:
- Cradle plus proper bedding
- Changing table
- Diaper stacker and/or diaper warmer
- Baby monitor
- Glider chair
- Musical baby swing or jumper
- Hooded towels and baby washcloths
- Jogging stroller
- A smartphone carrier that attaches to the stroller
New Parent Tips
- If you’re new to parenting, remember to give yourselves time for you. Baby is important, and so are you and your sanity! If someone you trust offers to watch your bundle of joy, let them and take a break. Dinner and a movie or just a nice walk in the park for a quiet conversation and catch up on your lives away from the baby. You can even stay in the neighborhood, with your cell phone, on vibrate, please. Don’t look at it unless it’s your sister!
- While the baby is snoozing, catch a movie on the couch together.
- Pictures and videos will allow you and baby to cherish wonderful memories for years to come. Plus, it’s great to pull those out when engagement time rolls around to share with your prospective in law!
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- Consider a professional cleaning service and a nanny who can help you out, even if it’s just for the first few months.
- Or use some budget money to have a nice meal delivered to your home. If you can’t afford to let that become a habit, it’s okay enjoy it occasionally to give yourselves a break.
- If it’s budget friendly, take a spa day and get a couple’s massage
- You’ve heard of horse and dog whisperers, yes, there is a baby whisperer too! Meet Dr. Harvey Karp, his book and DVD can offer you suggestions for soothing that infant soul.
A new baby is a blessing in every way, and you will be so glad you charted this family course together. While we know, the joys will by far outnumber the challenges, be sure Mom and Dad are ready for some additional hurdles.
Try to keep your communication channels open and if helpful, set a schedule so you can alternate baby duties and allow one partner to get some quality rest. Oh, and one more thing, open a 529 College Savings Plan! You’ll get tax benefits and take care of junior’s education. The best is yet to come!