Crib and Changing Table
Among the many, many things you can get for your new baby, a crib and changing table are the ones you will discover you wouldn’t want to live without. The crib is as important to your baby as your bed is to you. It will be the familiar, comfortable cocoon that she drifts off to sleep in at night, and wakes up in every morning. Even if the baby spends the first few weeks in a bassinet (or a laundry basket, like my daughter!), she will need her own bed very soon!
There are a lot of cribs to choose from, but perhaps the best investment is one that will convert to a toddler bed. These usually have several height adjustments so you can lower the mattress (therefore making the crib “deeper”) as your tot grows. This important safety feature keeps the little monkey from climbing out of the bed in a few months. Once the baby is ready for a toddler bed, there will just be a few adjustments to make…and no additional bed to buy! These convertible cribs are great because they can be used for several years.
A changing table may seem unnecessary, but you’ll find that it becomes a priceless treasure in a life with a baby. Having one of these naturally creates a changing station where everything you might need (diapers, wipes, creams, etc) is right there within reach. You won’t have to gather up supplies and carry them to a bed or get down on the floor with them every time you change the baby.
The height of a changing table is also perfect for almost everyone, saving you from bending to an awkward angle at each changing. For a new mommy who’s probably still having aches and pains, and the sore back from a long pregnancy, having the baby at a comfortable height is a treat. Especially for those first few weeks, the less you have to bend and crouch, the better.
Shopping for a changing table is easier than shopping for a crib. The things to look for include a comfortable height and a sturdy build. If you plan on buying both, you can probably find a great deal by buying a matching pair from a major retailer. These places are also usually up on the latest product recalls, so you can be sure that you are buying a set that is safe. Make sure to register what you buy so that if a recall occur happens later, you’ll be notified. There are plenty of gadgets and random pieces of furniture that magazines and TV will tell you are “must-haves” for raising a baby, but most of them are just a matter of personal preference. You don’t need a special trashcan for diapers…a regular one will work just fine. The giant diaper bags with a hundred pockets will probably end up in a closet since you can never find anything in it. The special bowl that holds baby food is just about as good as a regular bowl…they both hold food just fine. The crib and changing table, though? Those are priceless new-mommy treasures!
After working in toddler and care preschools for 12 years, Janice is proud mom and care provider that ensures superior care for all whom she takes care of.Janice is an ideal ambassador not only for baby lifetime, but for nursing as a whole. Deeply devoted to her kids, she is known to sacrifice personal comfort so that they may get the care that they need. She is also an excellent researcher of family and baby subjects. Check me out at Google