Create a Baby Nursery that Prevents Back Pain
For expecting moms, the nursery becomes their main focus until the baby comes. It is only natural to want to create the best area possible for your little one. However, before you pick the perfect design for your baby’s nursery, think about how you can incorporate these ideas to prevent back pain. Following these tips will save your back from much unneeded pain after the baby is born.
- Find a changing table that is the right height. You will be changing your baby’s diaper 10-20 times a day when they first arrive. And while your new little package may not be heavy now, he will be in just a few short months. Avoid changing tables that make you hunch over to change the baby. Instead, find one that is waist height and allows your elbows to be at a 90-degree angle when changing diapers. This will allow for the most natural movements. It is also a good idea to change up your diaper changing location every once in a while. This will prevent back pain from forming out of a regular habit.
- Position the crib mattress right. Since babies sleep a lot, you will be lifting and lowering your little one into their crib several times a day. Make sure that the mattress is at your waist level. You can even use a portable crib to help your back for the first few months of having a new baby.
- Find the right rocking chair. No matter what type of rocking chair or glider you decide on, make sure that you can sit comfortably in it with good posture. Your back should be against the chair with your feet flat on the floor. You can use an angled footrest to help keep your feet flat. Avoid the temptation of curling up on the glider while you snuggle or feed your baby because it will only cause you back pain the next day.
- Learn how to nurse without pain. Whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, it is best to use tools to help support the baby. When nursing, don’t hunch over so that baby can eat. Instead, use a pillow or similar support item that helps bring baby to your chest. Also, remember to look up every once in a while during feeding to avoid neck pain.
New babies are a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work. Make sure to follow these tips so that all you have to worry about is the baby, rather than back pain.