The image of her ideal nursery must be one of the common daydreams of a mom-to-be. Most can’t wait to hit the baby boutiques with paint samples in hand and start drooling over the bedding sets, matching wall hangings and mobiles.
I had my babies while living in a downtown apartment. Space was limited, so we converted our storage room into the nursery. Yes, the golf clubs, skis and mountain bikes were moved out and my baby moved in. There was room for a crib, a change table/dresser and a small (way too small) hamper for dirty clothes; nothing else. We did our best to make it look less like a storage room and more like a nursery with a splash of yellow paint (a splash was all it took), a farm animal wall frieze and a mobile, but you know what: both babies slept really well in there. The room had no window so it was easy to create the perfect sleeping environment and changing seasons didn’t interfere with their sleep cycles. It may not have been my dream nursery, but it was functional.
Functional is very important in the nursery: what with diaper changes, 2am feeds and lengthy nightly rituals involved in getting baby to sleep you’ll want a welcoming, ergonomic room. So before you make the important decision of whether the theme will be Winnie the Pooh or Peter Rabbit, it’s best to start your nursery wish list with practical items that you feel will make you and your baby most comfortable.
- Of course you’ll need something for Baby to sleep in. Be aware that drop sided cribs were banned for safety reasons. If you’re planning on buying used items do your research to ensure the crib meets the latest safety standards and isn’t subject to any recalls.
- Cutesy bedding sets are extremely tempting, but for safe sleep the crib should not contain duvets, comforters, cot bumpers, or pillows. Stick with warm sleepers and layered lightweight cotton blankets.
- To save your back a waist height changing table is important. Incorporate a well organized changing station where all your changing necessities (wipes, diapers, diaper rash cream, nose peg) are all to hand.
- You’ll need clothes storage (more than you think), such as a dresser, for Baby’s extensive wardrobe. If space is limited, some dressers have change tables incorporated. On second thoughts, forget the clothes storage – just relegate your five pairs of mommywear sweats to a cardboard box and let Baby use your wardrobe.
- Black out drapes or blinds will help create a sleep-inducing night-time environment.
- A light with a dimmer switch or a night light will save you having to rouse baby and yourself with bright lights when feeding and changing.
- If you have the space and your budget allows, consider a comfy chair, rocker or glider with a foot stool for restful night feeds.
Then when you’re done with the practical go crazy with the stuffed animals, wall decals and mobiles to create your perfect nursery and hey presto: your room is both functional and fun. Wait…one more thing….is there room for the baby?
Sears Newborn Nesting Event
If you know anyone who’s planning a nursery right now be sure to let them know about the Newborn Nesting Event happening at Sears from September 6-18, 2013. EVERYTHING BABY is included – baby gear, baby furniture and infant fashions!
Spend $200 on any* nursery items and you get a $25 cash card to redeem at Sears from October 7-31. And it gets better: spend $300 and get a $50 cash card; spend $400 and get a $100 cash card! Vancouver Sears outlets are playing it slightly differently – in their Newborn Nesting Event you simply save 15% on all* nursery furniture, baby gear and infant fashions.
*Excludes items ending in 0.97, Carter’s and OshKosh
As a huge bonus for all those nesters out there Sears are giving away a beautiful 3-piece Stork Craft nursery including a crib, change table and side table/chest for storage valued at approximately $800!
We’re so excited to be part of this fabulous giveaway. Wouldn’t it be great if one of our readers was the winner?! To enter all you need to do is:
- leave a comment below telling us any nursery necessities you would like to share with fellow rookie moms
- and/or tweet about the giveaway ‘Enter to win a 3-peice Stork Craft nursery via @SearsCA in the #SearsBabysRoom Newborn Nesting Event http://wp.me/pC8a1-4bF ‘
- This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so when you’ve left your comment below and tweeted be sure to follow this link and let them know you’ve entered on our blog.
This contest is being run jointly by all #SearsBabysRoom bloggers and you are welcome to enter via any/all of them but of course there can only be one winner. To enter you must be a Canadian resident and unfortunately this giveaway excludes residents of Quebec.
Disclosure: I am part of the Sears The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.