Baby Back Home: How to Get Your Little One’s Room Ready
By: Brooke Chaplan
Bringing your baby home for the first time is so exciting. Your baby needs a quiet, soothing place to sleep and dream and you want the room to be perfect—safe, cozy, and comfortable. Follow the steps below to create the perfect space for your newborn.
Pick the Right Room
You need to be able to get to your baby quickly and hear when they cry. But you also need it to be far enough away from house traffic so noise doesn’t wake them from naps. Choose a quiet room with subdued lighting (no bright overhead lights or large windows!) that will accommodate the crib, a changing table, and your rocking chair.
Prepare the Room
After you’ve selected the room clean it thoroughly. Removing dust and allergens by vacuuming or mopping, dusting, and tidying the room will help your infant sleep better. Arrange for a Kennewick pest control company to seal the room against dangerous pests like spiders, insects, and mice. After the room is clean and pest-free, you can move in furniture.
Your baby needs a flat, firm mattress in a safe, secure enclosure. Do not use a crib that was built more than 10 years ago, and follow these guidelines when choosing one:
• The mattress should fit snugly within the crib. Cracks are a suffocation risk for infants.
• The slats of the crib should not be more than 2 1/2 inches apart to prevent your baby’s body slipping through.
• The crib should not have drop sides or decorative cutouts.
• All crib parts are secure and original (home repairs could endanger the security of the crib).
• The crib is not placed near cords, chains, or other dangling pieces (like a mobile).
• The crib is not near a window.
• If a sheet is on the mattress, the sheet fits snugly—there is no extra fabric that a baby could choke on.
Your newborn will spend a lot of time in this crib, so make sure it is safe and comfortable. Don’t place fluffy pillows, stuffed animals, or other choking or suffocation hazards inside and inspect it regularly for disrepair.
Your baby’s room should have a comfortable changing table stocked with the necessary supplies—diapers, wipes, ointments, and even an extra pacifier and bottle. Keep your baby’s clothes and blankets in this room, as well as toys and books as they grow. Make sure the room has a durable trash can and laundry hamper. And don’t forget about yourself—a bag of candy or a good book can help you get through long nights with a restless newborn.
As you prepare your baby’s room, remember that their room reflects your love for them. Keep your baby safe, secure, warm, and happy with a well-stocked, prepared room.