The main question most women ask is when; when does one set up a nursery or buy baby things? Guess what?!? There is NO right or wrong time; you set up your nursery and begin buying things for your baby when you feel like the time is right for you. Setting up the nursery or the baby’s area is the first step. You want to make sure the area where baby will be is fully cleaned: dusted, mopped, vacuumed, painted with a fresh coat of paint, windows and window sills cleaned well and be sure to take care on cleaning out the closet as well. Cleaning before storing baby items in the space you have for your baby will simply keep your baby things nicer and cleaner for when baby arrives. You will of course want to do a final dusting and sweeping before baby comes, but the majority of the work will be done long before that. Cleaning the closet is important if you will be storing baby items inside. Keeping baby’s things clean and dust free is important to baby’s health and allergies.
Now the most logical thing to do is to wait until you have a baby shower to buy many things like clothes, soaps, lotions, diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers and so on. Many times you will get an abundance of what you need on those items. It never hurts to put a big ticket item or two on your registry as well just in case there is that doting grandparent that wants to purchase a bigger ticket item for baby. The rest of the big ticket items purchase when you are ready, find a good sale and have the nursery cleaned and ready to go. If you do not have a shower then simply purchase all of those items and more when you feel the time is right. Most moms to be will begin to stock up on diapers first as babies use an abundance of those. You can find a list of baby items here. However, new moms do not have to be logical and should you want to buy baby things before a shower, do it! There is nothing more wonderful than bringing home a few baby items here and there and carefully and loving putting them away, it is pure bliss. Walking into the nursery and seeing the baby items will fill a heart with warmth and be a peaceful place to go in times of stress when the mom to be needs a place to relax.
So in a nutshell, buy things and decorate anytime you want to and have FUN!