The arrival of a newborn baby turns the house upside down. Interestingly, despite being so tiny, babies need a mountain of stuff: a cradle, a Moses basket for the first few months, a bathtub and changing unit, a pram, highchair… Just look at the difference between the living room (where we spend most of our time) of a couple without children (which is usually spotless) and the living room of a family with a baby or more children (which will be full of games or forced to accommodate a Moses basket, highchair or playpen).
For that reason, while you are pregnant it is worth thinking about how you will use the space and how to prepare the house for a new baby.
In the beginning, it makes sense for the baby to sleep in the same room as the parents. Also, for the first few months the newborn feels more protected in a carrycot or Moses basket, which are smaller and easier to transport than a cradle.
After six months, babies can start to sleep in a cradle in their own room (although, the decision about when to move a baby to its own room is very personal and mainly depends on its needs).
- The cradle must be put in a safe location (far from any blind cords, radiators, shelves...) and away from drafts.
- In the nursery there should be as much open space as possible so they can play freely.