As you prepare for your little one to arrive, creating a comfortable, adorable and safe living space for baby is at the top of your to-do list. As you begin to imagine a room for its sweet future occupant, remember to keep yourself in mind.
Although Colgate Mattress® is America’s Crib Mattress Specialist, we pride ourselves in ensuring that all of your bases are covered – not just when it comes to sleeping! Take a look at some of these tips from whattoexpect.com that will assist in not only meeting your baby’s comfort needs, but yours as well.
Nursery Baby Must-Haves:
- Color: Choose colors that promote a calm, tranquil, and relaxing environment for your baby. Instead of picking traditional pink or blue, more parents are looking for colors that add a splash of style and serenity to baby’s room. With a little color insight and a can of paint, you can easily transform a bland nursery into a soothing sleep sanctuary. Try one of these five calming nursery colors and let a state of Zen wash over you and your baby.
- Music: Classical music is a great tool to assist in calming your little one down after a heavy cry. On the other hand, up-beat nursery rhymes and tunes are perfect for playtime.
- Avoid clutter: Ensure your nursery has all of the essentials, but make sure there is enough floor space for crawling!
Nursery Parent Must-Haves:
- Storage-Friendly Furniture: Invest in dressers that offer generous proportions, perfect for stashing excess wipes and diapers and more, like the pieces of furniture from our friends at Milk Street Baby, which include modern nursery features oversized drawers and a changer tray. The top drawer comes standard with LED drawer light that is motion sensitive and turns on automatically when you open the drawer and turns off after the drawer has been closed for 15 seconds to save power.
- An Easy Changing Station: Milk Street Baby’s Changer Tray and Colgate Mattress’ 2-Sided Contour Changing Pad paired with a dresser offers the ideal place to change your baby. Their oversized tray has an underside covered with velvet so it will never scratch or mar the top of your dresser. The tray offers a convenient accessory compartment to keep needed items at arms-reach. If you have a combo changing table-dresser, use drawer dividers to organize smaller items like socks.
- A Mom Station: You’ve probably already been eyeing a glider – after all, that is probably one of the most useful pieces of nursery furniture. While you continue to research possible gliders, don’t forget to consider these mom-station musts:
- Side table with small lamp
- A burping cloth
- Snack and drink for you
- Your telephone that is bound to ring
- Back-Friendly Features: As you check out various models, ask yourself these back focused questions:
- Is the glider contoured for back support?
- Is the crib the right height for you?
- Does the changing table hit between your hips and waist (it should)?
- Location, Location, Location: Once you have settled with furniture and accessories, make sure you have the right set up.
- The crib should be away from the door and the changing table should be close to the closet or dresser.
- The mom station? Set it up near the crib!
Designing a nursery can be a daunting task, but just remember nothing is permanent and you can always switch up the layout once you figure out what works best for you and your little one.