How to Design a Baby Nursery
Congratulations on expecting a baby!
Decorating a nursery (the baby’s bedroom) does not need to be difficult, costly or perfect. Although there are many decisions and choices to make, they are all simple and manageable.
View creating the nursery as more of a fun, creative process that is yours to control, rather than putting harsh expectations on yourself. Your baby will love whatever you do!
FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS
1. Give Time and Freedom to Yourself. If possible, try and plan well before the birth as starting early can ease your concerns about having too much to do. Use Pinterest to get you started with inspirational nursery ideas.
2. Consider Childproofing Needs throughout the Design and Assembling Process. Childproofing the space is a primary concern and the one thing you cannot compromise or leave til last minute.
3. Consider Your Budget. Although you may want a beautiful, well-coordinated and very new nursery, the fact is, it won’t matter to the baby. When the baby has accidents, you want to focus on the baby, not the amount of money spent on sheets that were ruined.
WHEN DESIGNING THE NURSERY
1. Measure the Room. Write the measurements on a small card and keep that card with you when you go shopping.
2. Plan the Layout. Put the crib close to the entrance so you don’t have to walk around things or risk tripping over. Try and not put the crib next to the window where there may be cold drafts, and never place a crib near anything that dangles, like curtains or blinds as it may be a choking hazard.
ADDING DESIGN ELEMENTS
1. Choose the near-bedtime lighting. Switch off all lights in the room once the baby has been put in the crib. A dimmer switch, nightlight or chandelier are great options.
2. Choose some flooring. Consider: do you want it to match the rest of your home or does your spouse have a history of allergies? If so, your baby may have these allergies too. Wall to wall carpet can harbor allergens, so hardwood floor with a removable rug is an effective flooring solution.
3. Work out a Colour Scheme. If you don’t know the baby’s gender, favour neutral colours like yellow, pale green, beige and cream with anything going; from flowers to cowboys to pirates to butterflies to blocks or stripes.
ADDING THE NURSERY FURNITURE
1. Select a Baby Crib. The crib is the focal point of your baby nursery, so take your time and choose wisely. Consider shape, style finish and durability.
2. Find Baby Nursery Furniture to Complement your Crib. Essential items include a baby changing table, comfortable chair, night stand or table, nursery hamper and a clock if you plan to breastfeed. Consider securing all furniture to the wall, so to prevent your child pulling down on a drawer and it falling.
CHOOSING FINAL TOUCHES
1. Hang Decorations. It’s time for the great baby nursery shopping spree – choose a mural, picture and bedding. Get creative and buy crafty stuff, sew stuff and glue stuff. Assemble the furniture.
Don’t forget to add your baby monitor to know when the baby is upset, diapers, wipes, ointment, burp clothes, receiving blankets, backup outfits and a toy or two in the changing table.
Garbage can (for diaper disposal) and beginner toys like rattles.
Hat Tip to WikiHow
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