Being an expectant parent comes with a pretty extensive to-do list. For one, you need to find the right support for the birth of your child, and Balanced Birth Support can provide this. You also need to make sure your home is a safe, warm, and welcoming space for that little one. It all starts with creating a comfortable and soothing nursery. Here’s what you will want to provide for both your baby and you in your nursery:
Keeping your baby warm is important, especially during the colder fall and winter months. If your due date is around this time, you will want to take care of any needed repairs or improvements for maintaining a warm and comfortable home long before temperatures begin to drop.
One such repair is your windows. If you have cracks or leaks in yours, consult a contractor who can provide reliable and economical repairs. Do your research, and you will typically find helpful reviews from past customers and average project costs online. In most areas, the going rate for repairing a window is around $290, but this can fluctuate according to the exact services needed. Before you hire a contractor for your nursery, always confirm that they hold the appropriate licenses and are insured/bonded as needed.
Another project you may want to think about is adding a smart thermostat to your home. That way, you can maintain a comfortable temperature for the baby and also reduce your power bill, which can boost your new budget.
It goes without saying that warmth can keep your baby and the rest of your family comfortable during colder seasons. However, you should add other touches of comfort to the nursery. One tip is to invest in a comfortable chair where you can nurse your baby and rock them to sleep. Many are stylish and durable enough to serve as furniture when your baby outgrows nursing, so keep this in mind as you consider options.
Making sure that your nursery and entire home are baby-proofed will also give you some peace of mind. This means you will feel more comfortable allowing your child to crawl and explore their surroundings as they grow and develop. Safety is so very important.
Besides being warm and comfortable, your nursery should also make caring for your new baby easier. If you’re working with an entire room, you will have more flexibility in terms of creating a functional layout. An important note: Since you will be looking in on your little one quite frequently, just be sure that the crib is the focal point and is clearly visible from the doorway.
It’s also possible to fit a functional nursery into an existing master bedroom — what’s more convenient than working with the space that you already have in your home? If you plan on sharing a room with your baby, you may want to skip any extra furniture like a bulky changing table.
Finally, look for ways to get creative with other spaces, like your closet and nursing stations. You could even clear out your closet to conserve space for the nursery.
Warmth, comfort and convenience, and, of course, safety — these are what every baby and new parent needs in addition to love and care. As long as you keep these elements central to your nursery plans, ensuring you and your little one get what you need will be as simple as can be.
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Author: Erin Reynolds
Erin Reynolds is single mom who taught herself how to do home improvement projects and repairs to save money. She is the creator of DIYMama.net, which provides resources to help others with home improvement projects and repairs. Keep an eye out for the DIY or Not Calculator, which will help you determine whether or not to take on a project yourself.