Decorating a nursery is one of the most memorable times of pregnancy. The dreaming, creativity, and excitement make it a fun experience as the nesting feeling starts to take over.
If this is a project that’s been on hold, now could be the much-needed time to revisit the project, or get it started, as a productive outlet to get ready for your newborn.
Here are some tips and essentials to have in a nursery, money and space-saving hacks, and how to make the room safe and comfortable for both mummy and baby.
1. Covid Safety Tips
In the event that you’re outsourcing labour to help with the nursery, we recommend that the room be treated as a “workers only zone”. To minimise contact and the risk of infection.
Feel free to have an open and honest discussion with the company before work starts, about safety and sanitation expectations. As well as any extra costs of the project. This can be done over a call to further reduce contact.
Workmen are to be responsible for bringing their own soap, paper towels and hand sanitiser, as well as gloves and masks. But we advise having some soap and easy access water handy.
If there are any areas in the house that need to be shared, safety guidelines advise regular disinfecting at least twice a day. Examples of items that should be regularly disinfected are door handles, ladders, taps, and toilets. Always work with the company to have workers’ names and details.
The crib is a central piece of furniture in the first few years of a baby’s life (if you can get them into it).
Consider furniture that can grow with the baby to save money and space in the home. Babies R Us offers a wide range of options for cots and sleepers, comfortable for baby to sleep and play. From co- sleeper nets, beside-me cots as well as travel cots suitable for home and travel. Great stores to check out for wooden cribs are Mma Bolao and Game Stores in Game City and Francistown.
Please always follow the AAP guidelines for safe sleep! We want you to keep those babas safe.
3. Changing Table
The changing table closely follows the crib as a nursery essential.
A popular option is to use the top of a chest of drawers as a changing table.
Invest in a baby changing table with enough space for easy access and storage. To save on space and some buck, try out waterproof surfaces that will allow you to use the changing table as a bath station.
Remember to have some toys nearby to use as distractions while changing or bathing.
Chest of drawers or dressers
These are age-old nursery furniture that can double up as storage space. How about an open chest of drawers that can function as a changer? And when your baby is a toddler, this naturally becomes an easy to access bookshelf and toy storage area. Artmovel Baby Furniture is a great place to go for custom made baby furniture.
The Wardrobe Shelf
Another budget friendly and space saving hack is this multi functional wardrobe shelve. For easy access to baby clothes and space for decor or accessories.
4. Pieces For Baby And Mum
Some essential pieces make the nursery comfortable for both baby and mum. Especially for the late nights and nursing.
Add a small table next to the couch for that tea you will have to re-heat later or your favourite book.
Poufs offer great support for your legs as well as colour and creativity to the room. These are available at Mr Price Home Game City who also have online shopping available.
If you’re a DIY mum, designing your own custom made pouf could also be an affordable, fun project. Allowing you to choose your textures, material, and colours.
Windows are a great way to add natural light into the room. This will make the room feel bigger if you are working with limited space. Making changes to your windows is mentally and emotionally helpful, so you don’t feel stuck. You can do this by adding some decorations around them.
6. Wall Paint And Decor
The last essential is the wall paint and wall decor that bring the look and feel of the room together. To keep the room safe for both baby and mum, choose a water-based paint from Dulux.
Water-based paints emit less harmful gases than your normal paint. These are good for the baby’s developing respiratory system, allergy sensitive, and come in stylish hues. The best advice is to paint and air out the nursery a couple of weeks in advance. To have the room completely odour-free by the time baby moves in. For your health and safety questions, check out the Dulux website.
Compliment your water-based paint with a humidifier from Serurubele Centre. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and create optimal breathing conditions. Allowing your baby to sleep comfortably and loosen the build-up of mucus. These are good for dry Botswana winter and help relieve irritated, dry skin.
Baby nurseries are fun because there’s so much you can do. Let us know which hacks would work best for your nursery. Or, share any hacks you’ve used before.
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