When many parents learn that they are expecting a new baby, they become excited to plan the nursery. They choose the color scheme, pick out a beautiful new crib, and select cute bedding and accessories to make the nursery warm and inviting for their new addition.
However, many first-time parents often overlook some of the more practical needs of a new nursery. Sure that sheep mobile will look adorable over your baby’s crib, but will it actually help you get your baby to sleep in the middle of the night? If you are planning to put together a new nursery, here are a couple of items that are often overlooked but that you should consider:
New parents love to set up that fancy gliding rocker next to the crib for middle-of-the-night nursing sessions or to help lull baby back to sleep. What most parents don’t count on is sitting in that chair for hours on end with one hand draped in the crib resting on your baby’s bottom because if you move it, he’ll wake up and scream. Better to get a big, comfy chair instead. You’ll need something to curl up into when you’re planted by the crib in the middle of the night.
Convertible sofas have a reputation for belonging to the den or your grandma’s basement. However, a stylish sleeper sofa is a great addition to a nursery. Not only can you sleep on it when you’ve found yourself captor to your baby’s night waking, but you can also use it to sleep guests who are in from out of town to visit your new baby. Just move baby to a bassinette in your room, and you’ve got an instant guest bed.
You may not think your baby needs much now, but stuff has a way of accumulating fast. A good bookcase will do more than store those cutesy little board books that your baby will have no interest in for another year or so. You can use a good bookcase to store and organize diapers, wipes, shoes, toys, and other accoutrement. Just stack on the shelves or use fabric bins to organize it all.
When you put together your baby’s nursery, don’t just think about the things your baby is likely to “need.” Think about how you are going to operate in the space every day, and consider how some of these overlooked items may be able to make your life a little easier.