baby nursery guide

The Effective Nursery Setup
by Maria Schasteen

The most important part of any baby nursery is the crib. You want to make it safe and cozy. No matter what type of crib you get, make sure it conforms to all safety guidelines and standards. Make sure the crib mattress fits snugly against the rails, so the baby can't get wedged between them. You also want to be sure the crib sheet fits snug and tight, nothing loose or bunched up.

Until the baby is at least a year old, you don't want to use sheets or blankets. A comforter or quilt should be for decoration only in that first year. Make sure the baby's sleepwear is clean and soft and appropriate for her age and for the weather. You don't want them too warm or too light, as babies can't regulate their own body temperatures at first. check the room temperature of your baby nursery regularly.

The only crib accessory that you want inside the crib when the baby's sleeping is perhaps a small, foam wedge that you can use to keep the baby from rolling on her stomach. Sleeping on her back or on her side is the position many experts recommend at first.

The sheets should always be fresh and clean; use unscented detergent in case your baby is sensitive to fragrances. Better yet, wash your baby sheets with Thieves Household Cleaner. Your sheets will be thoroughly cleansed of bacteria, and since no chemicals are used in the soap, there won't be reactions to harsh chemicals or unnatural fragrances. More over, your sheets will smell naturally good and baby will appreciate the scent of nature in her baby nursery.

Keep the room dust-free and the space underneath the crib clutter-free, so it won't accumulate dust. If your baby is sensitive to dust, you don't want to trigger a bout of sneezing and a runny nose at bedtime or naptime. Plug in the aromatic diffuser to keep your baby nursery free of dust, mold, bacteria, viruses and unpleasant smell,

Make the room and bed sheeting colors soft and restful. Too much color and contrast will stimulate the baby's vision and keep her alert, just when you want her to wind down for bedtime or a nap. The baby's room and crib should be soft and inviting places to be. She has busy days there's so much to learn and do! The crib needs to be a place that's calm and restful for her. Your baby nursery will be a pleasant place to be.

Your Nursing Area
by Maria Schasteen

Your nursing area should reflect your personality. If you like a loud, yet friendly surrounding, you should consider setting in a corner of the living room or family room. Keep an extra chair or two near you so family members or even friends can keep you company. If you prefer peace and quiet, a cozy study or empty guest room would be ideal. You can close the door, dim the lights down, then take a few deep, calming breaths while you breast feed.

Your own chair:

No matter if it's a glider, overstuffed recliner, or desk chair with wheels, you should make sure your nursing chair is very comfortable. You'll be sitting

in the chair for hours each day, so you'll want it to be very comfortable. You should always look for one that offers back and shoulder support, along with arm rests.

Support underfoot:

You can use a footstool, low coffee table or a stack of pillows to elevate your feet as you breast feed. If you raise your legs and feet to bring your baby to your breast, you'll avoid possible backache.

Pillows and more pillows:

Your neck, arms, feet, and back will need as much support as you can give, so don't hesitate to surround your body with pillows. If you lay a pillow across your lap for your baby to lay on, he'll be very comfortable and that much closer to your nipple. For extra comfort, you can even purchase a specially made nursing pillow that will encircle your waist.

Table for one:

You should always keep a small table or stand within arm's length of your breast feeding chair. What you use should be big enough to hold a coaster and glass of liquid. Some women prefer to drink through a straw, while others prefer to drink from the glass. You'll also want to keep healthy snacks on hand as well, such as fresh fruit, nuts, or crackers and peanut butter to help you replace the energy you use while you breast feed.


If your baby is a slow eater or has a really big appetite, you may want to keep yourself busy while he feeds. You can fill the shelves of a nearby cupboard or bookcase with your favorite books or crossword puzzles to occupy yourself until your baby is full. You should also keep a phone nearby as well so that you can talk to family or friends to pass the time.

Maria Schasteen is editor of - Nature's Most Trusted Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils Store.

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