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Preparing your home for a baby

As I was pregnant and making preparations for welcoming my son home, I came to the conclusion that most products designed for babies are either too expensive, too “childish” or have a short lifespan. And so I purchased some things from Buduaar’s second-hand sales or crafted them myself after hunting for ideas online. I had an internal fight about it and realised that it would take more than choosing not to bury my child under a heap of material ‘stuff’ to make a case for delinquency. Perhaps it’s the other way round? It would be nice to have energy and material opportunities throughout his long life and not just to stage one big explosion in his first year.
Find out how to decorate a safe nursery for your baby or child

TEXT: LIINA RANDPERE, IDEA HUNTER

Sticking to one style in the bedroom

Few homes have a separate room for the baby, and it’s doubtful that a baby would ever require a room of its own during the first months of its life. Their very first bed still ends up next to their parents’. But this raises the question of whether that cot should necessarily be decorated with all-round babyness and in total contrast with the rest of the room, like a pink or blue explosion? I propose bed linen for children that match the colour setting of their parents’ bed linen. These can be made from leftover fabric or from the same bed linen set. This would make for a much calmer overall picture! At least for now I don’t really feel ready for Mickey Mouse in my bedroom.

Colourful bed carousels

I’ve heard of babies who find loud bed carousel toys scary and start crying when they see one. I believe that in the olden days the standards of providing babies something to rest their eyes on after waking up would have been much lower. It would, for example, have been sufficient to provide the baby with a decoration made from a tree branch with origami butterflies hanging down. You could also use safe Christmas decorations to add some colour. Another thing that makes lightweight paper butterflies such a good idea is that they become animated when moving through the air and capture the baby’s attention.

Changing pad made of towels

It seems premature to purchase an entire drawer with a stationary changing table for a period that lasts only for about six months to a year. There are homes where such drawers are never used again in any way. Surely it would be possible to craft a convenient and practical changing pad (one that wouldn’t be uselessly laying around afterwards) yourself by using something like towels. A good option would be to position the pad behind a wardrobe with sliding doors.

Repurposed scarf as baby blanket

Babies are so tiny when they first enter this world that one wonders where to find a blanket with matching dimensions. Especially given that babies spend the majority of their time sleeping. Many of the blankets found in stores are wonderfully adorable, but still a little too big and made of synthetic materials. I decided to use my old scarf to make a baby blanket for my little one. A scarf that has been worn and washed is certain to be softer and safer for the baby compared to brand new bedding.

Night lights from a LED lamp

Stores offer a number of different night lights for babies’ bedrooms. It’s no secret that it is convenient to feed and change the baby without having to turn on the lights and wake everyone up. But how? I like the idea of using leftover LED Christmas lights or a light cable to highlight the bed and keeping it switched on throughout the night. This way it is good to keep an eye on the baby or to tend to it in dim light at any time during the night. These lights are also well beyond babies’ reach for the first six months of their lives. I would recommend choosing a dimmer lighting option.

New purpose for bodysuits

Babies are bought an abnormal amount of clothes during their first year of life. They do indeed grow faster during their first year than at any subsequent time. But many favourites are never really put to much use because they have a stubborn stain. At the same time, it is hard to underestimate the value of washed natural materials because they do not chafe or cause allergic reactions. This is where fabric markers come in handy to help you decorate clothes and give them a personal touch. All the best to new moms! Stay strong!

Fabric markers help decorate clothes with stubborn stains and give them a personal touch.

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