26 Weeks Pregnant

Helpful Tips for Parents: The First Couple of Weeks and the Baby's Room

By the time you are 26 weeks pregnant, you should start to think about where your baby is going to sleep for the first several weeks after coming home. Some options may include:
 
  • His or her own room (in a crib, cradle, or bassinet)
  • Your room (in a bassinet, cradle, or Moses basket)
  • Your bed.
 
During the first couple of weeks, having your baby sleep in your room will make the frequent night feedings easier. Sooner or later, though, your baby will begin sleeping in his or her own room.
 
Because your baby will probably use his or her room for several years, consider a theme that will work as he or she gets older. The decorating options are endless -- it might help to think in terms of colors (pink and green, pink and yellow, blue and yellow), characters (Winnie the Pooh, teddy bears, ducks), or themes (airplanes, trains, Noah's Ark, ribbons and bows).
 
Safety is also an important concern. When you're preparing the baby's room, consider:
 
  • Putting childproof coverings on all electrical outlets
  • Shortening cords on blinds
  • Getting a baby monitor
  • Removing potential choking hazards
  • Installing smoke alarms
  • Getting protective coverings for the radiators.
     
Items you might want to think about purchasing for your baby's room include a:
 
  • Crib.
  • Changing station.
  • Chest of drawers.
  • Rocking chair or glider.
  • Large box or set of shelves to store toys.
  • Dimmer switch or night-light for night-time feedings
  • Diaper pail -- there are many made now to mask the smell of the diapers. If your house is two or more floors, you may want to invest in a diaper pail for each floor, to save you time running up and down floors in the future.
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