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It is baby season in Boston and many moms-to-be are in nesting mode. If you are one of those moms, here are a few tips to keep you focused, relaxed and having fun throughout the process of building a baby nursery. The important thing is to not be too hard on yourself and to really enjoy the time you spend getting everything ready for your baby.
1. Set a schedule. Make a list of all the things that you want to accomplish before your due date, making sure that the most important tasks are at the top. You may even want to use a planner or a calendar to keep you on track. Allow yourself enough time to complete each task and don’t try to do too many things at once. You may be able to group some things together but don’t overdo it. Not only do you want to take it easy, but you also want to be sure that you enjoy this special time. If one of your goals is to get the baby’s crib set up, try to spend one day doing just that. You can assemble it (with help), put the mattress in and get all of the bedding together. Take your time and admire your work—soon your baby will be sleeping there.
2. Stay on budget. There is no need to stress out over expenses, which is very easy to do. Figure out how much money you are able to spend and go from there. Try to compromise on the smaller, less important things so that you may be able to splurge a bit on the bigger items. Try and remember that your baby is going to outgrow a lot of equipment fairly quickly. Try to spend more money on the things that are going to last (like furniture) and less on the things that won’t (like infant clothing, wash clothes and baby utensils). Don’t beat yourself up over that really expensive high chair that you can’t afford—it’s not as important as having a happy, healthy baby who likes to eat no matter where you put him/her.
3. Have fun. The most important thing to do while nesting is to have fun. Put on some music and really take the time to enjoy the creation of your baby’s new nursery. Try to think about your new baby in his or her new room and really spend time imagining what life is going to be like in the near future. This will help you stay focused and relaxed during this exciting time in your life. Don’t stress, just breathe.
Below are some local businesses that may be able to help you get started.
1636 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
If you need help with designing your baby’s new nursery or baby-proofing your home, Coco Baby can help. Not only does it offer these services, but it also has tons of products including furniture and clothing.
100 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Mila Lilu is conveniently located in the Copley Place Mall (and in the Natick Mall) and offers an array of different styles that you won’t find at a chain store. If you’re looking for something unique for your new addition, you have to check out this shop.
128 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
Mulberry Road is a unique baby boutique that provides parents-to-be with innovative toys, clothes and accessories. To give your baby something different and to get inspired, check out the store located on Newbury Street.
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Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with interior design trends. Effie draws on her Greek/Italian heritage for inspiration and shows a keen eye for little things that make a house a home. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.