Planning Baby’s Nursery
Decorating baby’s nursery doesn’t need to be costly, difficult or picture-perfect. While there are many decisions to make, they’re all very manageable and simple. This is a time of life when you’re about to welcome a new and wonderful life into the house and it is important to view creating the nursery as a fun creative process that is totally yours to control rather than imposing any harsh expectations on yourself. Baby will love whatever you do!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Plan ahead. ~ Nursery shopping can be so overwhelming for some expecting parents, especially if you don’t know the sex of your child, so it’s very important to think everything through before you begin to shop. Ask yourselves a couple of crucial questions: Is this furniture going to be used for multiple children or will this child be keeping this furniture for the long haul? Will we be moving soon? Do we want gender-specific furniture/decor? Are we combining this furniture with other furniture that already exists in the room? Answering these simple questions will allow you to stay the course and think long-term so you can narrow down your choices.
Consider the room’s location ~ If you have a choice, choose a quiet room close to your bedroom so you don’t have to walk far at night. Make sure that a cold room has adequate heating and a warm room has good ventilation. If the windows let a lot of light in, it may help your baby to sleep at night if you put black-out blinds or curtain linings up to keep the room dark.
Know your space. ~ It’s a good idea to measure your room before you go shopping. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a cot, compactum, crib etc and then it just doesn’t fit comfortable once you get home. Before you make the actual purchase, get the measurements of the items from the store, then use newspaper to place the size of the furniture in your room. This will give you a good idea of where to place the furniture and whether or not you’ll be able to comfortably move around the room.
Think about safety ~ Make sure that the cot can drop to a level that will be safe when baby starts standing. Also, make sure that any wheels can lock; no bolts and screws are exposed. Sidebars must be the correct spacing apart and it’s preferable not to select cots with steps or cut-outs. Latches of drop down sides must be concealed so that baby cannot loosen them or get little fingers caught up in them. Linen should not have buttons on that baby can chew off and choke on , all fasteners must be secure
Create a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber on to away from the cot too.
Have a great starting off point. ~ Sometimes it’s really helpful to have one element that you center the room around—for example, wallpaper you fell in love with or a fabric that you want to use as curtains, or a theme you may find on our site. Having that starting point makes planning the rest of the room more targeted. It keeps you on track with a color scheme and overall tone of the design.
Paint it for a statement. ~ It is much harder to find a fabric and décor than a paint Getting creative with paint—broad stripes, stencils or even painting the ceiling another tone—can be an inexpensive way to get a great custom look without investing in wallpaper. Most paint shops have paint pantone strips that you can easily use to match your fabric and décor.
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