The Necessary Nest for Your Newborn
You're expecting! Congratulations! Now before you start converting that office into a nursery, stop. Put down that magazine that showcases celebrity nurseries. If you saw the price tags for those elaborate rooms chockfull of baby bliss, the only nursery rhymes you'll be singing will be filled with expletives.
That's not to say you have to stash the baby in a dresser drawer, wrap them in rags and carpet the floor with newspaper and hay. No, you just have to be discerning with your dollars and figure out logically what you need and how to go about finding the safest and most affordable options.
Technology is your friend, not only can it keep an eye on your unborn babe via ultrasound, it can give you the opinion of every parent ever via the World Wide Web. True, this can be overwhelming, but using concise keyword searches can reveal all you'd ever need to know about the most beloved and trusted baby products available.
Trying a search with “I hate/love (product name)” can be useful. You'll find customer testimonials, bad and good, that will give you a good idea of the duds and gems on the market. Alternately, if you're willing to fork out some dollars, various online publications that review products have non-biased reports available to download.
Important things to keep in mind: Just because “they” say something is a must have, doesn't mean you need it. Cribs are expensive. A bassinet, smaller in price and size, will suffice for the first six months. Large chain stores have great sales - watch for them. Swap meets and consignment shops can be an unexpected treasure trove. Remember, most baby stuff is only very gently used as they quickly grow up and out of so much equipment, clothing and toys.
In terms of safety, to keep from ending up with a dud product, just make sure you register the product with the company's website. Sure, you may garner some spam emails from this, but it also ensures you'll be notified if there is any type of product recall.
Finally, have fun. If you're unsure of baby's gender, you can't go wrong with color schemes of creamy white, chocolate brown and royal blue. Avoid the headache of wallpaper and choose some fantastic peel and stick decals. Use the last few months of your pregnancy to paint pictures for the walls, or to knit a blanket for your impending bundle of joy. When you're all done, whether you realize it or not, everything in that nursery will be infused with your love and exhilaration and anticipation.
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