A new baby is a fantastic gift, and parents want to do everything in their power to make their little bundle of joy feel loved and welcome. One of the ways of doing that is definitely by designing a beautiful nursery. That enthusiasm often results in overcrowding the baby’s room with tons of unnecessary and expensive things, and sometimes even forgetting about the essential items for the baby’s wellbeing. That’s why you need to stop, take a deep breath, and think about what you really need in the nursery. Just in case, we have prepared a short guide for you.
1. Start with a gentle color palette.
We know you love your little one, but don’t express that with overly saturated paint colors. They can be too stimulating for the baby’s eyes and thus affect the sleep quality and the overall energy of the room. Stick to gentle, neutral tones which are also great for your further decorating projects, because they go well with everything.
2. Take care of the lighting.
If you were browsing through Pinterest for inspiration, you have probably run into hundreds of images of nurseries that are bright and full of natural light. Although that is great for showcasing, the truth is that babies should have darker rooms so that they could get enough sleep, both during the day and night. Large windows in the room are great and they will serve you well later, but in the first year, they should be masked with blinds or curtains. The artificial lights should have dimmers. A table lamp for you to be able to read while the baby is sleeping is useful.
3. Choose a good crib.
A quality crib and a mattress are the most important items you will bring into the nursery. As for the very crib, you can go with the simplest option. The mattress, however, is something you should pay attention to. It is crucial that it is made of organic non-allergenic materials and that it is firm, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. As for bedding, the AAP says that the safest way to put your baby to sleep is in a bare crib with only a fitted sheet on the mattress — no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals.
4. Set up a changing station.
Many parents decide to buy an entire changing table, but there is no need. This item just takes up a lot of room and you won’t need it later on. A better alternative is to put a changing pad on top of a dresser, and purchase organizers where you can keep diapers, lotion, wipes, and other supplies. When your baby grows up, you can get rid of the pad and caddies, and still keep the dresser for clothes.
5. Make sure you include a comfy chair for you.
You will be spending a lot of time in the nursery while feeding or rocking your baby. A regular chair you’ve borrowed from the living room won’t cut it. You will need to get a comfortable armchair and an ottoman to stretch your legs. A glider or a rocking chair can do fine too. It won’t hurt to have a small side table near the chair to put a glass of water, your phone or some reading material.
6. And you can never have enough storage.
You will store a lot of things in the baby’s room, ranging from diapers and clothes to books with good night stories. Different storage solutions (closed, open, vertical, horizontal…) will help you keep everything organized. You can also use boxes with labels of the contents, so that you don’t mix up different types of things.
7. Soft surfaces and plenty of visual stimuli.
Finally, the nursery should encourage your baby’s development. This means that you should be ready for all those big little moments when your little one starts standing, scooting and crawling. Soft rugs on the floor are a must. As for the visual interest, consider a wallpaper on the ceiling because babies often look up. Also, you should strategically allocate different colorful shapes across the room (just make sure not to overwhelm the space).
These are all the essentials that a nursery needs. When you are done with them, feel free to decorate the room with different artwork, toys, accessories and details.
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