You've had the 20-week ultrasound and you know the gender of your baby. Now you can start preparing the baby's room. A frequently asked question is: when the baby's room will be ready? While this may vary from person to person, there are a few things to keep in mind. We list it for you below.
What has to happen
What needs to be done in the baby's room differs per situation. Maybe you just moved and you still need to build a wall and lay a floor. Or you used the room for something else and you still have to empty and convert it. So first think about what you want to adapt and redecorate in the room. Make a list for yourself and think about how much time it will take. In any case, keep in mind that it often takes a while before the baby's room is completely to your liking.
What do you need
What you need also depends on your own wishes. A few things that should not be missing in your nursery are a crib, a changing table and a closet. You may also like to give the walls a new color or to wallpaper it with a trendy print. In addition, you can make the baby's room cozy by laying down a nice rug. You also have a lot of choice in wall decoration, from beautiful posters to cheerful wall stickers. Think further about how you want to organize your baby's things. For example, with wicker baskets for diapers and hooks to hang the nicest clothes.
What do you have to take into account
When your baby's room is ready depends on a number of things:
- Delivery times - When you order new items, you have to take into account the different delivery times. Furniture often has delivery times of 6 to 8 weeks, a crib 2 weeks and a floor 2 to 4 weeks. With us you can indicate when you would like to receive the products so that you always have them at home on time. We always recommend that you rent our products a month before you need them. More information about this can be found here.
- To paint - In addition, it is important to paint the room in time so that the paint can not only dry well, but also air the room well. It is not a good idea if your baby will soon be in a room with harmful substances in the air. We therefore recommend that you paint the room around 26 weeks of pregnancy. Earlier, of course. When painting, also choose water-based paint, for example the paint from vestingh.
- Body - Also take into account when it is physically too heavy to refurbish a baby's room. The first trimester is often an uncertain period and there is a good chance that you are not in top shape. Your body is still getting used to all the hormonal changes and you often suffer from nausea and fatigue. In the third trimester, the baby will have grown considerably and chores will become too heavy. It is therefore wise to prepare the baby's room in your second trimester. The nausea and fatigue often decrease, but the baby is not yet so big that chores become too heavy.
When baby room ready?
When the baby's room has to be ready ultimately depends entirely on you. Does it give you peace of mind to finish everything on time? Then make sure you start a little earlier and finish the baby room before 30 weeks of pregnancy, for example. Do you like to have some tasks later in the pregnancy? Then you can start a little later, but make sure that you have finished the baby's room at least by week 37.
Fortunately, you will not immediately use the baby's room after the birth. Your baby will be in your room for the first few months. This is not only nice because you are close to your baby, but it is also practical for breastfeeding. So are you going to give birth, but the baby's room isn't quite perfect yet? No problem. You have enough time to make some small adjustments after the birth.
Other useful tips
- Also consider whether other rooms need adjustments. For example, do you already know where the box will be placed and will it fit? And do you have room for the pram in a convenient place?
- It can be nice to make a plan for yourself. First write down everything you want to do. Then estimate how long each task will take and also take delivery times into account.
- You can also get inspiration in many different ways. Think of Pinterest and Instagram, magazines and webshops. Are you still looking for fun inspiration for your nursery? Then take a look at how Julie has decorated her daughter Emma's nursery.