Creating your Baby's Nursery
Bringing a child into the world is a heavy responsibility that is simultaneously and exciting and terrifying. Before the little one comes into your life, there are a lot of things that you need to arrange and get ready so you're prepared. Among these issues is the issue of finding a place for the new baby to sleep and perhaps grow into as it ages. This place is known as a nursery, and it could be one of the most important things you prepare in anticipation of your child coming home for the first time.
When you need to do any construction involved with your baby's nursery, it's important to be sure that you find a qualified contractor to do the work. For most people, this amounts to retrofitting an existing room in their home to be safer and better suited for a baby. For other people, this process involves building an entirely new room on the house. No matter which direction you decide to take, it's important to be sure that you work with a contractor who has experience. Even if the temptation is there to "DIY" the nursery yourself, you should consider the many benefits of opting for a contractor.
The most important reason to go with a contractor is that he or she can expertly build the nursery up to the correct building code. Remember that this room is going to be housing a very small baby. What may be a small carpentry mistake in a kitchen remodel could be a serious issue in a nursery. Professional contractors are in the best position possible to create a room that your child will both love and be safe in. Contractors are also bonded and insured, so any accidental damages that occur will be covered by a strong insurance policy.
Keeping the Nursery Safe
When you're putting a nursery together, safety is a huge thing to keep in mind. Newborn babies are extremely sensitive to toxins and any other dangerous thing that may be around them. What may give an adult a simple headache could end up being potentially life-threatening for a newborn baby. This is why safety concerns should be your top priority when you're putting the nursery together. While this is a complicated issue that has many sides, there are a few simple things you can focus on to make the room safer for your baby.
First, try to avoid using paints that contain VOC compounds. The term VOC stands for "Volatile Organic Compound" and these chemicals carry with them a potential danger that is simply not worth the risk to your child's health. When normal paints are applied, it can take them days to fully dry out. While the paints are drying, they release VOC traces into the air that can fill the room. Some people refer to these VOC compounds by the colloquial term "fumes." VOCs can emit from the paint for months after the paint dries. Using a paint that does not contain Volatile Organic Compounds can be a great first step in avoiding any potential health issues caused by them.
If possible, try to have all of your wall outlets moved up so they're at your waist level. Baby's have been known to escape their cribs during the night, often to the terror of their surprised parents who find them crying under their cribs. Once your child is old enough to crawl, this becomes even more dangerous due to the presence of electrical outlets at the floor level. An unsupervised child poking random things into a wall outlet is bad news, so taking steps to prevent that is very important.
When you're decorating your nursery, there are a few furnishings that are more or less mandatory for the room. Of course, a solid and safe crib is the item that most people associate with nurseries. However, you should also invest in a comfortable chair for those late night feedings and long, sleepless nights trying to calm your child into sleep. A changing table is also a very important thing to have in your nursery. In fact, there are a number of unique dresser options that act as both a dresser and a changing station for your baby.
Putting it All Together
Bringing a child into the world is a big responsibility that requires a lot of preparation and planning. While there are a lot of things to keep in mind when preparing a nursery for a new baby, the truth is that it's very easy to get through when you approach it systematically. Taking this approach can take all of the responsibilities you have and turn them into something more manageable. Over time, you will be surprised at just how fast this project gets completed when you take it one step at a time.