The Must-Haves For Any Nursery

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When you’re welcoming a new member of the family into the home, you want to make sure that you got the right space to welcome them. As such, a lot of parents will spend plenty of time preparing the nursery for their new arrival and there are all sorts of things you might get recommendations to put in there. However, when it comes to finding out which are really essential, that can be a little more difficult. Here, we’re going to look at the must-haves, and why they’re so important.

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A place for change

Think about the tasks you’re going to spend most of your time on when you’re in the nursery. Naturally, you should expect there to be a lot of diaper changing, so you want to make sure that you have the right place to do it. Diaper stations, or changing tables, should be considered a must. They offer an organized space with enough storage to keep all those changing supplies, not to mention a surface at the right height to make sure that you’re not experiencing any discomfort. A lot of people also choose to get a diaper bin or pail, which is temporary storage to hold any dirty diapers after changing. However, the fact is that using these for even a short time can quickly start to smell the place up.

A place for mom and dad

We’re going to be looking at all the different spaces and assets your baby is going to be making use of when in the nursery, but let’s not forget that the parents need a place to chill in there, as well. To that end, there are several options, with the glider and the rocking chair being the most common of them all. The choice is yours as to which you go with, but you need to make sure it’s a comfortable place that allows you to sit and feed your baby without too much hassle. Furthermore, its ability to provide some kind of rocking or light bouncing motion is going to be important when it comes to helping the baby get off to sleep.

Plenty of storage

You are going to find that, especially through those first months, you are going to have more things than you know how to handle. Your baby will be constantly wearing new clothes throughout the year, and then you have toys, bottles, and all other items that you and your baby need. As such, you need to be sure to leave enough room for storage. Open storage containers that are inaccessible to the baby such a sizeable wicker basket, will be the perfect place to keep your most regularly used items, like blankets, bibs, and other feeding or sleeping accessories. Then you should be sure to have a sizeable dresser for the clothes and more infrequently used items as well.

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Where your baby sleeps

The most important thing of all is deciding where your baby goes to sleep. Is it better to get them a crib or bassinet? The former is a little more complex than the latter, but the answer really depends on your needs. Younger children may benefit better from an enclosed crib without drop-down sides that could potentially become a hazard if they get loose. Regardless of which one you choose, however, there are a few priorities you need to ensure. Making sure the baby has enough space to sleep comfortably without giving them the room to roll around is number one. Making sure the crib or bassinet is made of quality materials is crucial, too.

The bedding is important, too

On top of the bed, you have to make sure that the bedding you choose is perfectly designed to be both comfortable and temperature appropriate. Firstly, you have to choose the right mattress. The size is the most important factor, and you shouldn’t be able to fit two fingers down the sides. Another hazard is mattresses that are too soft. If the baby rolls over, this can be a real danger. When it comes to choosing bed sheets and the bedding that goes on top, then be sure to make sure they’re specifically designed to be safe for children. Having the baby sleep outside of a blanket, but simply in some sleepwear can eliminate any dangers associated with loose blankets or covers.

Controlling the climate

With the right bedding and sleepwear, your baby should be able to handle most changes in temperature. A good, safe blanket can be more than enough to protect them from the cold. When it starts warming up, however, you have to ensure that you have the means to cool them down. Air circulators or fans for the nursery do much the same thing. Not only will the circulation of cool air help your baby sleep safely and comfortably, but the gentle white noise that they make can also end up helping them sleep, as well. Just make sure that it doesn’t get too cool in there. Keeping it between 68 degrees F and 72 degrees F is where you want to be.

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What about a nightlight?

This is an item that parents will go back and forth on endlessly. If you’re buying a nightlight, you need to know why. The majority of babies aren’t afraid of the dark at all. This tends to be a fear that some kids get as they grow up. If they’re crying in a dark room, it’s because they can’t see their parent near them. What a nightlight can do is that it will allow for a little visibility in the nursery without making it too much brighter. As such, if you need to come into the room without disturbing their sleep, it can be good for that. Of course, it can help offer a little visibility so baby can see you if they wake in the night, too.

With the tips above, you should be ready to ensure your child has many a comfortable night in the safety of their nursery,. When it comes to other things like baby monitors, these aren’t as essential but if you would feel more comfortable incorporating them, it’s worth considering.

 

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations

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My twins are huge fans of Play-Doh. They enjoy making various shapes and just playing around with the various creations they make.  I like Play-Doh because apart from the fact that it keeps them very busy for hours, it is also great in helping the children develop the pencil grip muscles they need for writing. That fact alone encourages me to keep stocking up on more Play-Doh.

The lovely people at Hasbro kindly sent us a pack of Play-Doh Kitchen Creations, and I know the Kiddies are going to be very busy with it this half term. They were also sent us a box of edible, personalised doughnuts to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which we have been munching on.

 

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Play-Doh Kitchen Creations £10.99

This Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Delightful Doughnuts Set includes an unassembled stand, sprinkle crank, 4 donut moulds, donut hole tool, frosting tool, teacup, 4 two-ounce cans of Play-Doh Brand Modelling Compound, 2 creation cards, and instructions. This set allows the kids to be as creative as they like in their make-believe kitchen/donut cafe. If your kids are into role play as much as mine, they will adore this play set. It allows the kids explore their bakery and creative skills.

Children can create and decorate their very own make-believe donuts thanks to the colourful Play-Doh moulds. The donuts can be moulded in many shapes and sizes.

 

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This Play-Doh Kitchen Creations is for children who are 3 years old and over, due to small parts which could lead to a choking hazard.. Adult supervision is required when setting up the play set. It took me less than 2 minutes to set it all up. The Play-Doh should not be eaten. It contains Wheat. Non-Toxic.

I recommend the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations to parents of kids over 3 years who are into role play and crafts. If you have reception primary school children struggling with writing and holding the pencil properly, I would say you get some Play-Doh to help them develop the pencil grip.

 

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Are you kids fans of Play-Doh? Have they tried this Play-Doh Kitchen Creations? What do you think of the play set?

How to get your kids off the dummy/pacifier

I hear a lot of talk about dummies and how hard it can be to get children off them. Which is what prompted this post. I needed to share my experience with how I got the kids off the dummy.

The kiddies were huge fans of the dummy. They had the dummy from the newborn stage and took to it immediately. It worked for all of us back then. They were quite demanding as babies and the dummy helped soothe them. But when it came to getting rid of the dummy, they refused to stop! My son refused the dummy at 3 months, and took to his fingers instead (that is a story for a whole new post by the way). But my daughter fell helplessly in love with her pacifier and it was hard work getting her off it. She even had a name for her dummies. They were called “baby”. It was that serious.

 

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I remember frantically googling up ways to get kids off the dummy and trying almost every trick in the book with no luck. I succeeded in getting her off it during the day quickly but nighttime was the tricky bit, as she was used to falling asleep sucking it. So I decided to think outside the box. Taking it away from her was pointless as she would just scream and cry until she had to back at night. I decided the only way to get her off the dummy successfully was to get her to reject it herself. I needed to make the pacifier not as “delicious” as she thought it was.

 

How to get your kids off the dummy/pacifier

Here are the steps I took to wean my daughter off her precious pacifier.

 

Get rid of all the dummies but one

I got rid of all the dummies and kept her least favourite one. I remember telling her the dummies were old and had to go, or something along those lines.

 

Make the pacifier unappealing

Once we were down to just one pacifier, I then had to make it unappealing. I needed her to reject it by herself and with no prompt from me. My daughter is very feisty. So I had to play dumb for this to work. I soak the pacifier in a lemon juice concentrate for a few hours before bedtime. And then when she asked for it, I gave her the lemon juice soaked pacifier. Her reaction was that of confusion at first, which then led to frustration. She couldn’t understand why her precious “baby” tasted different. It had a sour taste as you can imagine and she didn’t want any of it.

Just a quick note, she was 2 when I did this. I won’t recommend you do this if you have a younger child.

 

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Get ready for the hard work

On the first night, my dear daughter woke up every few hours asking for her dummy, which I happily offered. Only for her to reject it again because of the sour taste. It worked like magic but the first two nights were hard because she kept waking asking for it, only to reject and ask for it in a few hours. I guess she kept thinking it would taste different every time. Or maybe she was too sleepy to recall the sour taste. On night no 3, I gave her the dummy first and she told me she didn’t want it anymore. She never asked for it again and went back to sleeping through the night.

 

I would recommend the lemon juice tip for any parent thinking of getting toddler (2 years and above) off the dummy/pacifier. It worked quickly for my daughter. And I am sure it would work great for many others as well.

 

Did you struggle to get your kids off the dummy/pacifier? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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