Friday, March 14, 2014
Welcoming a new member to the family in the form of a small baby can be a joyful experience and a challenging procession of sleepless nights. A new baby will also inevitably change your home life and routine. Check out these considerations for creating an effective home environment for you and your newborn.
Nursery or shared room
Depending on whether you have the extra budget and space, you must decide whether to have the baby in the same room as you or give them their own sroom. Both have their own benefits - a separate nursery will afford you privacy, whereas according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sharing a room with your baby may reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
Furniture and storage
Aside from the obvious crib, there are other furniture pieces you and your baby need, whether it’s in his own nursery or not. A comfy armchair will come in handy for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby. Your baby, small as he is, will also need storage for clothes. A small chest of drawers may suffice with the top used for holding baby bottles and other items. Consider also where you’re going to change your baby’s diapers.
You may be surprised at how much noise your small bundle of joy can make. Shrieks and cries may be heard throughout the house or even by your neighbors, particularly if you have a small home or live in a condominium unit. Reduce noise with the use of soft and plush textures. Consider adding draperies for better sound absorption.
From round-the-clock sleeping, your baby will be up and crawling in no time. Baby-proof your baby’s nursery or your room to avoid accidents. Avoid putting your baby’s crib by the window, as curtain tie-backs and window-blind cords may be strangulation hazards. Use bumpers on sharp corners as well.