Your Checklist for the Perfect Nursery

Checklist for the perfect nursery

Creating a nursery space is one of the most magnificent experiences ever. Thus, no wonder every future parent easily succumbs to the nesting fewer. Your offspring deserves a comfortable and cozy piece of heaven, but even more importantly, a place that is functional, safe, and of easy maintenance. Even though there are some fantastic baby equipment and accessories out there, it’s crucial to focus only on the essentials and things that will make the beginning of parenthood more manageable. Therefore, thinking practically and making a checklist for the perfect nursery will help you focus your budget and optimize your baby’s room in the best possible way.

Baby’s crib and bedding

A baby crib is the main item of any nursery. It serves to provide comfort, rest, and safety to your newborn child. Having a bed for themselves helps babies adapt to independence, giving a mother some time to rest as well. Also, after your child no longer needs safety crib rails, you can transform them into a toddler’s bed. Since cribs are often a second-hand gift from friends or family, you might not have much say in their design. However, if you’re getting a new one, make sure to choose the one with slats positioned close together. Moreover, pay attention that the crib doesn’t have drop-down sides since such design can be dangerous if it malfunctions.

The inside of the crib should only have a mattress encasement, a pad, and a fitted sheet. It’s essential not to use blankets, flat sheets, and any additional coverings, except a simple baby blanket. And instead of a blanket, you can opt for a sleeping sack. It’s an excellent option since it won’t roll under the baby as it moves.

Baby in a hooded towel
Adorable hooded towel is a must-have item on your checklist for the perfect nursery since it will help a lot with a bathing time

Changing table

The changing table is a significant piece of nursery furniture that will help you tend to the needs of your little one while having all the supplies and nappies in one place. The top consists of a mat, while the bottom parts usually have drawers or open shelves, so you can easily access and store clean clothing, baby towels, and other stuff. Some of them come with wheels, so it’s easy to move them around if necessary. In addition, this brilliant piece of furniture has a multifunctional role since a lot of moms use it for bathing as well. All you need to do is remove the mat and put the bath vessel on top.

Feeding chair

Like most essential items on your checklist for the perfect nursery, a feeding chair will make your early months of motherhood much more manageable. To sustain in demanding tasks of raising a baby, you need to treat your body well, resting as much as possible, even during feeding. That’s why a comfortable feeding chair is worth every penny. Position it in the best place in the nursery, next to a crib, near the source of natural light. Naturally, it’s essential to have bibs, covers, and towels nearby if you need them during the feeding. Also, having some throw or bolster pillows might also help find the proper position for your back.

Baby in a sleeping sack
If you have to cover your baby, it’s better to use a sleeping sack than a blanket! Blankets can twist and roll under the baby, while the sack provides warmth and comfort without any safety risks.

Rocking bassinet

A rocking bassinet is a lifesaver in the first couple of months after the labor. They are an excellent daily fit for every room, even for your master bedroom. Both a bassinet and a crib have the same function, and that’s why people usually opt for one of them. However, besides apparent differences in size, bassinets are portable and easier to use for many parents. The rocking function will help you occasionally rest your hands. Or, if you’re lucky, sometimes it may even put your baby to sleep. Still, having a proper crib has its benefits as well. Cribs don’t have a weight and size limit and can be in use much longer, unlike the bassinets.

Storage options

Like in any other room of your home, storage space plays a crucial role in keeping the nursery neat and clean. As you know, babies have many small things that may not be taking much of the space but require organizing and fast access. Thus, every nursery needs a good and practical cabinet. Luckily, they are sometimes combined with a changing table. However, most likely, you won’t be able to fit all the accessories into one cabinet. In such cases, due to the usually limited spaces of the nurseries, using the vertical storage space is a good idea.

There are so many things to fit on shelves, from sheets to books and baby toys. With smart storage options, you will be able to navigate demanding situations more easily. The same implies handling potential unexpected life changes, like moving to another location. With a good storage organization, preparing the nursery for the move will be more manageable. You will be able to pack everything up in no time for the relocation partly because everything will be neatly arranged in one place and partly because sometimes storage options can function as a container.

Mother holding a baby in a cute outfit
Enjoying early motherhood is only possible if you optimize your experience properly with suitable clothing and accessories for yourself and the baby.

Disposal area

Babies make a lot of mess, so before you are swamped with dirty diapers, napkins, tissues, and towels, make sure to arrange the trash bins and dirty laundry baskets. It’s essential to separate a diaper bin and washable items baskets. Therefore, it might be good to organize the disposal areas in two places or make distinguishable differences between containers.

Giving the nursery a personal touch

Some people might say that decor is not crucial for the nursery since it provides no practical function. However, they are wrong because colors, movements, and shapes stimulate cognitive functions in a growing newborn. Therefore, paint a nursery into eye resting tones and give it a personal touch. You can achieve it with the decor in the form of age-appropriate toys, wall art, and lighting that will make the room more pleasant for you and the baby.

Conclusion

There are hundreds of cute baby things, accessories, and props that can make motherhood easier. However, investing too much of your budget into a nursery is not advisable since a child’s demands change quickly, especially in the first months of growth. Focus your checklist for the perfect nursery on essential items that will help you go through the first six months and upgrade the room in time. Having too much stuff in the nursery is never good since it creates clutter. And God knows how little time for cleaning you will have after the child is born.

For All the New Mothers Out There Entering MommyHood… You’ve Got This

Hello Fall, and hello to you new moms, we are here to help you enter mommyhood with ease, grace and style. The time has gone by so quickly and September is already here – can you believe it? We’re sad to see summer has gone by so fast but we had so much fun at the AmericasMart show in July seeing old and new faces. Also had a couple wonderful visits out to some stores in Hilton Head and along the east coast in Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. But we’re looking forward to all things NEW and want to make sure we help you new moms out. A lot of our friends are expecting or just had a baby so here we are offering our two cents to help make the experience a beautiful one.

So for all those new mothers out there, we have something special for you. Some beautiful new embroidered mother’s nighties, baby onesies, children’s embroidered boudoir pillows, and much more to help you step into new mommyhood effortlessly and with ease.

What says effortlessly chic, comfortable yet romantic more than a beautiful embroidered cotton nightgown?

victorian pajamas for mommyhood
Beautiful, romantic and super comfortable.. as a new mom you have an excuse to wear a gorgeous embroidered nightgown all day long. We love this one, the Cathy Nightie, with pink floral embroidery.

Being comfortable is the most important thing when you’re a new mom because you feel like you can’t ever relax. Those few precious hours when your new infant does decide to close her or his little eyes, you can take a deep breath. Maybe you have time to shower or wash your face but we all know that won’t last long. Remember to use this precious time to phone a friend or do some yoga stretches in the living room. The most important thing you can do is take care of yourself when you have the time.

turkish towels jacaranda living
Wrap yourself up in Jacaranda Living’s soft turkish towel after stepping out of your quick shower or use to wipe your face after a thorough face wash.

Now for the more important stuff. Your new baby or baby girl has to be cleaned, fed, and treated like the prince or princess that she or he is! So spoil them rotten with cute baby stuff! We are very happy to carry an array of different styles and designs – pick from our baby section, we offer embroidered bibs, pillows, comfortable onesies, baby hats, and cotton booties. They may likely get dirty after the first wear, but everything we carry is 100% machine-washable and can be thrown in the dryer instantly without worry. Not to mention we have more effortless styles of nightgowns for you to wear comfortably around the house!

comfortable baby clothing
Babies need your love! Spoil them rotten, treat them to something pretty and comfy, adore them. It’s a precious time. We love these embroidered sleep sacks, onesies and little hats. See more designs to choose from here. You can also shop this Eloise nightgown. 

Pay attention to when your baby is ready to interact and then talk, sing, dance, and play. Take a break when you need it.

cute embroidered pillows
A new baby girl or new baby born like to cuddle up. Dress up their new crib or bed with their favorite embroidered animal. All our designs for baby and children pillows can be found here. 

So hopefully some of our ideas to a dreamlike motherhood will find you in hopes and ideas to get going on treating yourself and taking care of your precious newborn. There is a lot to be done but with a little bit of self-care and support from your husband and friends, you will get through it. Before you know it, your mommyhood will be drifting away and they will be onto early teens. Cherish it while it lasts!

xx,

Jacaranda team <3