The formative years of your child’s life will play a key role in their growth and development. As parents, it’s important to design a nursery that provides your child with a comforting space that meets their needs for rest and play. If you’re trying your hand at creating a nursery for the first time, this article presented by Lullamoon Photography will provide all the information you need.
Design a Floorplan
Organization is key to designing a good nursery. If you have a large room, designate specific zones based on functions such as – sleeping, play, nursing, etc. Consider how much space you have and plan to buy furniture of adequate size. If you’re in a crunch for space, prioritize space for placing a crib, and a dresser (which can double as a changing table). Additionally, the room should have the following features:
- A large window allows for plenty of natural light during the day.
- Carpet flooring instead of tiles or wood as it provides babies a soft surface to crawl on and prevents injuries from trips or falls.
- Functioning HVAC vents ensure the room has good ventilation at all times.
Decide on a Color Palette
Going for the classic blue or pink palette is bound to cross your mind, but why put yourself in a box while there is a range of amazing options to choose from? As reported by The Spruce, here are some great color combinations to consider for your nursery:
- Mint and Navy
- Red, White, and Blue
- Hunter Green
- White and Orange
Each of these combinations will create a warm, comforting environment. However, if you’re worried about committing to one particular color scheme, look for options that allow you to shift things around without a lot of hassle. For example, try different customizable wallpaper, which will allow you to play around with colors and patterns to find that perfect combo. Many of these options are available as peel-and-stick, meaning they’re easy on the walls (and your time). What’s more, you won’t have to worry about getting paint everywhere!
Buy Good Furniture
When shortlisting furniture, follow a simple principle, purchase items that will adjust to your baby’s growing needs and will be used for a long time, such as:
A Crib: This will be the centerpiece of the nursery and the place your child will spend the most time in, at least for the first three years. Whether you order the crib online or buy it in person, it’s important to inspect it before using it for your baby. Keep an eye out for the following:
- No loose screws, nuts, or bolts across the surface of the crib.
- Firm crib bars that can withstand the pressure of your baby leaning on it.
- A mattress that leaves no space around corners or sides and is dense enough to hold the baby’s weight without sagging.
Additionally, consider buying cribs that can be transformed into toddler beds, which extends their use by 2-5 years.
A Dresser: This will serve as a versatile piece of furniture for the nursery. Its primary use will be to store your baby’s clothes, linens, toys, and cleaning supplies. Additionally, its top surface can be used as a changing station. This will help you save on buying a separate station and provide more open space in the nursery for your child to play.
As reported by Kids Health, newborns sleep up to 17 hours a day. Hence, buy thick curtains for the nursery which will block sunlight and allow your child the rest they need.
Prioritize Safety and Organization
There will be times when you’ll need to leave your baby alone in the nursery, whether it’s while you work or during naps. Here are the steps you should take to ensure your baby remains safe at all times:
- Purchase a baby monitor that provides you with constant supervision over your child. Find one that allows you to monitor your baby using your smartphone or tablet.
- Cover all electrical outlets with safety covers and ensure there are no loose wires in the room. If you do have cords, make sure they’re tucked behind furniture or secured in such a way that your baby can’t get to them.
- Always place your baby inside the crib for naps or when you leave the room.
- Develop the habit of cleaning and tidying up the nursery each time after use. This includes placing toys and other objects in the dresser, away from the baby’s reach. Decluttering will not only create a safe space for your child but also drive away negative energy and reduce feelings of anxiety.
Don’t pressurize yourself on designing the perfect nursery on the first go. As your baby grows you’re bound to make adjustments for catering to their changing needs. Put together a plan, stay organized, and keep your designs simple — the rest will come together on their own!
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