New Baby Coming? 2 Tips for Getting the Nursery Ready

Posted on: 29 April 2015

If you have a baby coming soon, you have likely been working on the nursery. Not only do you want it to look nice, but you also want it to be a safe place for your newborn. Below are two tips on getting your nursery ready so it is a comfortable place for your baby.


Choose a color of paint for the baby's room first. What you choose may depend on the gender of the baby. If you do not know if it will be a boy or a girl, choose a neutral color, such as lime green, pastel yellow, etc.

Most paints today have some form of volatile organic compound (VOC), which is a chemical additive that releases a gas into the air as the paint dries. This gas can cause respiratory problems, and more. For this reason, paint your child's room a few months before you bring him or her home to ensure all of the VOCs are gone.

When buying paint, see if you can find paint that is marked "Low VOC." You should still be careful and paint the room early, but less gas is emitted into the air in paint marked like this.

If you live in an older home, it likely has lead-based paint. In most cases, this will not cause any problems unless it is chipped or peeling, but you do not want to take any chances for a baby's room. Hire a contractor that is experienced in lead removal to remove the paint for you.

Choose the Best Location

When you have decided on the nursery furniture, you will have to decide where you want to put it. Put the baby's crib away from the door, as you will likely be cracking it open to peek through it many times over the next few months to check on him or her.

Place the baby's changing table close to their dresser or closet. This allows you to grab an outfit for your baby quickly while you have him or her on the changing table, just in case you forget.

Don't forget to set up your mommy station. It should have a very comfortable rocker, as you will be spending a lot of time in it. Add an end table next to the rocker and put a lamp on it. Make sure the lap has a dimmer switch, so you can darken the room or lighten it up when you need to.

If you have any other questions about what is or what is not safe for you and your baby during your pregnancy, talk with your obstetrician, one like Women's Healthcare Associates LLC.