When you get the news that a baby is on the way, you will want to start making preparation. A baby will bring big changes to your family and those changes are easier if you have a plan for a nursery. The most logical choice for many families is to convert a seldom used guest room into a nursery for the little one.
It may not take a lot of work to convert the guest room into a nursery. Some of the furnishings may be useful for the baby. Dressers, some chairs and lamps can sometimes be reused. Everything else will need to be moved out and placed in storage, donated to charity or sold.
Once the room is emptied, take a good look at it. Will the floor covering from the guest room work, or do you need to replace it with new carpets? Look at the walls. Can you use them as they are or will you need to repaint? It is easier to take care of these needs before adding any furniture back into the new nursery.
What are some things that will be needed in a nursery?
First you will want to provide your baby with a bed. If you find yourself purchasing a new baby bed, then consider one that will convert to a toddler bed. This allows a growing child to use the same bed and mattress for several years. Before choosing a used bed, be sure that it is sturdy and safe. Rails on the bed must be very close in order to be safe.
Pick up a Philips baby monitor in order to keep an eye on your baby when you are in other parts of the house. Being able to monitor the baby without having to constantly open and close a nursery door makes the job much easier.
Babies need lots of clothing and diapers. While a normal dresser can store some of these items, home storage cabinets work very well in the nursery. The cabinets can be attached to the walls to prevent the baby from pulling them over on him as he becomes a toddler. As the child grows, the cabinets can become storage for all the toys that will become a part of your life.
Since you will no longer have a guest room, you may want to make provisions for overnight guests by purchasing a sleeper sofa or an air bed. Having a new baby almost guarantees that out of town grandparents will want to visit for a sleepover.