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Are you in the process of putting together a nursery for your bub? Did you, by any chance, think a nursery was the place your baby gets dressed and goes to sleep?
Oh you silly goose, no! Don’t worry, don’t be embarrassed, it’s an easy mistake to make.
The nursery is MUCH more than a room to sleep in.
The nursery is a place to design within an inch of its life so you can take gorgeous styled photos to plaster all over Instagram and Pinterest.
Did you know there’s a rapidly growing industry of interior designers who specialise in children’s rooms? Because no one cares what the rest of your house looks like, as long as your kids rooms are magazine ready.
People pay HUNDREDS of dollars to these designers and hundreds more buying all the necessities for the room.
But I’ve got you covered. FOR FREE.
Here’s a list of what you definitely DO and definitely DON’T need for your nursery.
The very bare essentials for a functioning nursery.
You really do need somewhere for the child to sleep. The floor is not ideal, particularly once they start to roll. Although, provided the door is closed, they won’t get far….. No, definitely get the a bed of some sort. It’s definitely safer.
I suppose you could use the floor, but it’ll be a lot nicer on your back if you have somewhere higher to wipe bums (there’ll be an awful lot of bum wiping). Plus there’s the added bonus of being out of reach of your dog or other children who may want to join in the changing fun. Put down the dirty nappy Spot!
Somewhere to store clothes
Again, the floor is an option. But you’ll probably find it easier to find stuff if it’s sorted out in drawers or a wardrobe. Plus, mess is so much easier on the eye when it’s hidden in a drawer or behind a wardrobe door. There’ll be a lot of stuff. They need SO MUCH STUFF.
You could survive on just those three essential items, but the room would be pretty bare and you’re going to end up with a lot of junk on the floor. So there are a few more things you might want to invest in:
You could sit on the couch or on your bed, but your back will probably thank you for sitting upright in a proper chair. Something that rocks and has a footstool is a bonus.
Listen to me and do not use a beanbag. Sure, it’s comfy, but there’s no chance in hell you’re getting out of that thing with you and the baby in one piece/asleep.
Somewhere to display all those adorable books and keepsakes that people will shower you with when the baby arrives. SO MUCH STUFF.
NOT AT ALL ESSENTIAL
Oh my god the crap you think you need. Here are some things you can totally live without. I promise. You will not be a total failure of a parent if your child does not have these things in their room:
A nappy, sausage making machine bin
These bins that hermetically seal your nappies in a long sausage of human excrement. No. Take that poo bomb and walk straight to your outside bin. Better yet, go to the toilet, scrape off the toxic sludge and flush it away (the poo, not the nappy) because the world does not need a plastic wrapped shit-capsule to remember your child for the next 300 years. Besides, the idea of keeping those crap packs in the baby’s room for days on end makes me want to gag.
A wipe warmer
When you’re changing your baby in the middle of the night, you will have moments where you feel awful for having to undress them and whacking a cold, wet wipe on their tiny little bottom. Easy and free fix? Stick that bad boy down your bra for a minute and your red-hot boobs will toast that thing up nice and warm. FREEE.
White noise machine
I myself was fooled and spent too much money on a machine that had an automatic cut-off after 45 minutes, which meant my child would wake up after 45 minutes. EVERY TIME. That stupid thing was tossed pretty quick and we download a FREE white noise app on an old iPhone and it has been our little hero. You could also just get an old radio and turn the dial a little bit off station and you’ve got static forever. You’re welcome.
So now you’ve got the list, go forth and furnish that room!
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