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Baby: What does your baby nursery need?

Pink or blue? That seems to be the first choices presented to expecting moms when it comes to decorating the nursery. It could be the guestroom, a vacant bedroom, or a specific area in the master’s room that will especially be for your little tot. Regardless of where your baby nursery will reside, it deserves that magical mommy-touch so here are a few inspirations for soon-to-be and new moms:

Above is from a website called Unique Baby Gear Ideas and these are the two best nursery themes for me. The second one is very simple yet modern. Just look at how the changing station doubles as a storage and very near in fact to the crib. The cribs shown on both photos are practical ones that your child can grow up with. Believe me, your baby crib may be your next best friend when your infant starts crawling around and trying to stand. It will protect him from the dangers of falling over and being in unsafe spots in your house.

This is how Ashton’s baby crib looked like when he was 3 months old. I regret that I never took a photo of the entire room we shared. But here are the essentials for your nursery with practicality in mind.

1. A milk station – even when I am breastfeeding, I need a place for my breast pump and all its accessories, baby bottles, nipples, milk storage, and boiled water.

2. The crib – you can always seek for a second hand crib (I used my sister’s) which was rather sturdy compared to what are available now. You may want the essential baby mobile and a complete set of baby beddings. Avoid pillows unless you are present, never leave a baby with a pillow inside the crib to avoid the risk of suffocation.

3. Baby closet – designate one full closet for your baby’s clothes, beddings, accessories, including first aid tools like thermometers and nasal aspirator. Put small socks and mittens in one container to save time from looking all over the place for them.

And that’s all you need for your nursery. I personally did not have a changing station but survived with a changing mat instead.

Do you have any tips and ideas when it comes to putting together a baby nursery?

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Baby: Buying a Crib for your Newborn

Having a baby is an exciting thrill that comes with shopping privileges. First thing that comes to mind is the major purchase of a crib which could be one of the most expensive baby furniture you’ll get. But wait, hold your bellies because here are some mommy tips to consider:

Ashton 3 months playing in his crib

1. Take your time to look around – I understand you are excited and can’t wait to see your nursery come to life with the central fixture, the crib. But remember you and your husband have 9 months to prepare and a lifetime to save up for. Don’t jump into the first adorable crib you see. Jot down, with a pen and paper, the stores you’ve visited and the cribs you have your eyes on. Don’t forget the prices and payment terms!

2. Ask friends and relatives – I know how you feel about asking relatives, they can be straight up serious and conservative when it comes to baby spending, tell you to re-use hand me downs, etc. However, you’ll soon find out (as much as you hate it) they are correct. What you do is pick up parts of their advice and think about it before reluctantly dismissing considerations (such as opting for unbranded and cheaper cribs) they’ve told you to take.

3. Consider having one made – if this is your first baby and your town has artisans/ furniture shops like here in the Philippines, it could be much cheaper to have one made. More so if you have contacts to carpenters or one of your friends and relatives’ hobby is carpentry. Be wary of rough surfaces and have the crib painted months in advance before your delivery.

4. But cheap is not always good - now don’t take it wrongly to be too much frugal. Cheap may not always be good. Check out where the products are manufactured, shake the crib if you must as you check for its balance. You will put your child in here and want to make sure the crib can take on the baby’s weight and daily movements.

5. Look for bundles – some stores offer packages such as a crib with crib mattresses, pillows, comforters, etc. This may or may not come out cheaper but take the time to check out each item included, their quality, and unit price should you get them separately. Then you’ll find out if you’ve got yourself a deal :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.