While a comfortable rocker tucked into a cozy corner is something of a nursery staple, a nearby home for nursing supplies is often overlooked. Creating a nursing station is a great way to ensure you have everything you need for nursing your child close at hand, preventing unnecessary juggling acts and making nursing more comfortable for both you and baby.
Design your own nursing station by following these six simple steps.
Invest in a practical nursing chair.
While comfort and style are important, there are many other factors to consider when buying a chair for your nursing station. Look for wide, padded armrests, which allow for better positioning while nursing, and choose an easy-to-clean fabric. Adjustable or reclining chairs are great, but be sure you can operate the chair comfortably from a seated position. If you are buying a rocker or glider, consider these points.
Add an end table with easy-to-access storage.
Adding an attractive end table is a great way to keep nursing supplies at arm's reach and also provides a useful place to pile a few storybooks and other bedtime essentials. Choose a fairly large table with ample, easy-to-access drawers or cubbies that allow for neat and tidy storage--Just because you need to have nursing pads and nipple cream nearby doesn't mean you need everyone who walks into your nursery to see them.
Buy a good nursing pillow.
Stock up on the necessary supplies.
It's a good idea to purchase nursing supplies well before baby's arrival and tuck them away in your nursing station, ready to help you navigate those first few weeks at home when nursing can be challenging. Baby-safe hand sanitizer, nursing pads, nipple cream, burp cloths and paper towels are all good items to keep in stock.
Set up a clock, purchase a timer and prepare a feeding log.
Keeping note of your baby's feedings is a reassuring way to make sure they are eating enough. Pediatricians recommend recording the time and duration of every feeding, as well as the number of wet and soiled diapers your baby produces each day. This information, combined with regular weigh-ins, will allow your doctor to monitor your baby's eating habits and identify any potential concerns before they become problems.
Since new mothers spend most of their time feeding and changing their little ones, it can be easy to lose track. That's why it's a good idea to create a feeding log for your nursing station. A timer can also be a helpful tool, allowing you to record the length of each feeding. Be sure to set up a clock as well, so that you can note the time--however painfully late it may be.
Consider your lighting.
Although low lighting is a good choice for maintaining a tranquil atmosphere during late-night feedings, it can also make them difficult. Nursing can be a tricky business, and it is best if you are able to see what you are doing. If you are using a nightlight, place it near enough to your nursing station to provide adequate light. You might also consider placing a small lamp on your end table.
A Few More Helpful Tips:
- Be sure to restock your nursing station regularly.
- Place a small trash can next to your nursing chair for quick and easy disposal of nursing pads or paper towels.
- Your nursing station doesn't need to be in the nursery. Maybe you would be more comfortable in your own bedroom, especially if baby will be sharing your room for the first few months. You can always move your chair into the nursery later.
- Find a convenient place to stash some supplies in your family room for those quick afternoon feedings when you may not feel like trekking it up the stairs to the nursery.