RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

APR 2017

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE April 2017 43 {Blog Spot} Set Up Creature Comforts Crib: This is the foundation for your baby's ideal sleep environment. Consider crib size, style, color and features when designing the room. A convertible crib is a nice choice because it will grow with your child. Glider or Rocker: One of the biggest pleasures of having a newborn is nursing or bottle-feeding, and rock- ing your child to sleep. Having a chair in the nursery allows you and baby to have a routine, which will help your baby feel more comfortable. Changing Station: Having a place to change your baby's diaper is one of the best ways to save your sanity. Whether you choose to put a chang- ing pad on a dresser or buy a chang- ing table, you will have all the nec- essary supplies within reach. It's also a great place to change your baby's clothes and apply lotion after a bath. Prepare Functional Storage Spaces Find an organization system that works best for your closet. For ex- ample, if you have sliding doors, re- move them and divide the vertical space. If you have a door that opens into the closet, get a utility door, wall rack or over-the-door organizer. Embrace Noise-Reducing Elements Not only are window shades or blackout curtains important for nap time, they also help reduce outside noises. Another soundproof tech- nique is to run a humidifier or sound machine. There are several apps that play either classical music or white noise. Consider Aromatherapy Essential oils can be a good re- source for promoting sleep, reliev- ing colic and fighting illness. Lav- ender and chamomile are good introductions for your baby because they're the most gentle of the oils. It's very important to follow guide- lines and safety instructions when using aromatherapy on your baby's skin or diffused in their room. Know Your Safety Features 4 Crib bumpers are no longer con- sidered safe due to possible suf- focation and risk of SIDS. 4 Keep your baby's crib free of blankets and pillows until they're one to avoid the same risks affili- ated with bumpers. 4 Use the safety straps on the changing pad. As your baby grows, they can wiggle and twist their way onto the floor before you know what happened. 4 Cribs should have slats less than 2 3/8" apart with no cutouts and top rails 26" above the mattress. 4 Avoid furniture tip-overs by secur- ing your furniture to the wall with straps. 4 Tie up hanging cords and keep them away from the crib. 4 Avoid warm-mist humidifiers. By providing a safe place to sleep, a place to change diapers and a chair to feed your baby and receive maxi- mum cuddles, you're setting your- self up for successful parenting. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. 5 Steps to a Happy, Healthy, Well-Organized Nursery by Anne-Marie Pritchett Y our baby's nursery is essentially a bathroom, storage room, dining room, playroom and sanctuary. Putting it together is one of the first significant steps to parenting. Here are five steps to help simplify the process.

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