Nine months can feel like a long time, but it’ll be gone before you know it. And you don’t want to still be working on the nursery when the little one arrives. Most first time parents won’t have had to decorate a nursery before, and it can be a little overwhelming, especially with everything else that’s going on at the time.
But we’re here to help with some helpful hints for setting up the perfect nursery.
Put safety first
While a newborn isn’t going to be getting into too much trouble (other than keeping you up all night), there are still some safety precautions you should take when setting up the nursery.
Some basic safety tips include:
Installing and regularly testing a smoke detector
Keeping curtains and blind cords away from the cot and change table
Using plug protectors on electrical outlets
Selecting an appropriate cot and change table with good safety features
Pick a style or theme
Choosing the decor style can be a challenge, so it can help to select a theme. Your theme can be gendered or gender-neutral. You could opt for gentle pastel colours or go for something a bit brighter. You could even go for a specific theme like jungle or circus theme.
Having a set style or theme will help you to narrow down your decor and furniture choices to something that suits the theme.
Focus on function
It can be tempting to choose everything for the nursery based on looks alone. There’s an endless range of adorable products available. However, the nursery needs to be functional foremost. For many parents, the nursery isn’t just a place for the baby to sleep. It will be a quiet space to nurse them and a sanitary place to change nappies. You may also find yourself spending long nights nursing the child in there, so you’ll want to make it comfortable for the parents as well.
With this in mind, think about what you need to be able to do in the nursery. Will you need a chair to nurse? What about a change table?
Factor in storage
Speaking of function, storage is a must for any nursery. Make sure you have adequate storage space for clothes, toys, nappies and other baby essentials. You’ll want this gear close by, so make sure there’s enough storage space in the nursery.
There may be ample built-in wardrobe space in the room or you may need to purchase other storage options. Have a clear system so you can find whatever you need in a second. This will be a godsend when you’re trying to find a clean pair of pyjamas in the middle of the night after little sleep.
Be prepared for mess and tough love
When you’re selecting furnishings and textiles, remember that babies make a lot of mess. Choose materials that can be easily cleaned and don’t stain. If you have a sick child, the last thing you want to worry about is carpet cleaning.
Remember to choose materials that are soft but durable. When your baby starts to crawl, your choice of carpet will become extremely important. Soft carpet is better for their knees and will cushion any falls they have as they learn to walk.
Durability will matter as they become more mobile. The nursery may become a high-traffic area where they play and spend a lot of time. You can expect plenty of general wear and tear. Ideally, you don’t want to need to replace it every few years to keep it looking good.
Get control over light
Natural light is ideal for nurseries, helping children maintain good sleeping schedules and enlivening the space. However, for babies and toddlers, they’ll need to nap during the day. To ensure they get plenty of rest, you want to be able to make the room as dark as possible.
Choose block-out blinds and curtains to sufficiently darken the space. You might like to have a nightlight in one corner of the room to make it easier when you check on your child. This can also be useful for older children to help them orient themselves if they wake in the night.
Be creative but flexible
Decorating a nursery can be a creative and exciting experience. Many parents invest a lot of time in creating just the right space for their child. However, remember that the nursery needs to be functional and safe.
In many households, the nursery slowly transforms into the child’s bedroom. For greater ease in future years, make the room’s style flexible so it fits as your child grows. As your child ages, they may become embarrassed if their room seems too young for them.
Creating the perfect nursery can be both an exciting and stressful project. However, if you plan it out and remember to keep function and safety in mind with all decisions, you’re sure to have a beautiful space that suits your family’s needs exactly. Read our another post on How to Get Coffee Stains Out of a Carpet