Having a baby is a massive change, no matter whether they are your first your fifth. Each time, a mummy needs to be well prepared to welcome her little bundle of joy into her first room: the nursery. There are all kinds of things, from books to rocking chairs, that you might want to have in your nursery, but we’re going to focus on the essentials. There are guides that will make you believe you need five-hundred separate things to welcome your baby. We’ll tell you the real essentials: things that will make baby’s new home a much better place for the both of you.
This is an obvious one, of course. You want peace-of-mind at all times that your new arrival’s doing just fine. But you can’t be in the same room as them 24/7 as they get bigger. Two of the three major things you need are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You can get these from any hardware store and they come as combinations, too, which can be a lot handier than getting them separately. The other thing you will want baby’s side is a baby monitor. There’s a huge range of baby monitors you can get, but you don’t need to break the bank to make sure you have a good one.
- Fasteners (if you’re using cloth pre-folds)
- Something to wipe with, whether it’s cotton balls in warm water for babies with sensitive skin or diaper wipes
- Ointment for preventing rashes
- A changing pad to put under your baby