4 Benefits of Not Having a Nursery for Your Baby

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One of the big stresses on the mind of a pregnant woman is how she’s going to find time and energy to put together the nursery for her baby. Fretting over the space in your home, how you’ll be able to find the perfect crib and dresser set, and, oh yeah, choosing a paint color for the room.

It’s a lot to do, but did you know that you don’t have to have a nursery? In some countries, babies are brought home and only have a cardboard box as their nursery and it works wonders there, so why not here?

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If you’re wondering if you’re going to need a nursery or if it’s really worth it, here are four benefits to skipping the whole thing.

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You save money

When your baby is a baby, they honestly don’t care where they sleep, if they even sleep. Most babies sleep best either in their parent’s arms or in their crib, if you have a child who doesn’t like to be touched as much. I’ve never come across a baby who cares what color their walls are or the theme of their blankets they’re too young to use anyway.

By skipping the whole nursery, you’re going to save a lot of money on things like paint, rugs, lamps, and knick-knacks.

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Your baby is close by

I know that for most of us in the US and Canada we’re used to the idea of having a separate room for your baby, but room sharing with your newborn has actually been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.

According to SIDS and Kids, “Room-sharing facilitates a rapid response to a baby’s needs, more convenient settling and comforting of babies, and closer mother-baby contact and communication,” meaning by being close by, you’re keeping your baby safer.

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Less to do before your baby arrives

There is already so much to do when you’re pregnant and a large part of that has to do with getting that nursery room ready. You have to pick out the matching furniture, come up with a theme, find the perfect artwork, and try to muster up the time and energy to paint. It’s a lot to do and by skipping it all together, you let go of all the stress that comes along with it.

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Easier to re-do when your child is older

Babies grow up so fast. I know that’s a common thing that’s said, but it’s so true and one moment you’re celebrating that your baby is finally sleeping in their crib only to turn around and they’ve outgrown it and nearly everything else in their room. Babies don’t need a whole lot and it might be a wiser decision for you to wait to spend all that time and energy for when your baby is a toddler and the safety and look of their room is a bit more important.

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4 Benefits of Not Having a Nursery for Your Baby

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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