What makes a perfect baby nursery? That’s an important question to ponder, as the nursery sets the tone for your home and sets the stage for years of cuddling, rocking, nurturing, and playing. If you’re looking for ideas on what you should be considering when making your new addition’s room perfect, we got you.
We rounded up some awesome ideas for nurseries:
1) Don’t forget storage
Your nursery should be designed with plenty of storage space in mind. Don’t forget about putting some shelves for all those adorable baby pajamas, clothes, books, and toys. This is also the time when you’ll want to design an area where you can tuck away clothing, blankets, and anything else your newborn needs close at hand. The more organized your nursery is, the easier it will be for you during those hectic first few months after your baby arrives home.
2) Think about the future and invest in quality pieces
When you pick out furniture, think about how you will use them in the long run. For instance, a glider rocker is perfect for that baby who wants to be rocked to sleep. Glider rockers generally last for several babies and save you from constantly buying a new rocker each time. With other pieces, it’s good to buy as much quality as you can afford. Quality pieces will last longer, so you won’t have to buy new items every few years.
3) Avoid making your baby’s room into an adult room
Your baby’s room should gradually change as your child gets older. Thankfully, there are more than enough cribs, changing tables, and other furniture available that can make the transition graceful and painless. The best thing to do is to buy furniture that can be used in multiple places, such as a crib that converts into a toddler bed or dresser and changing table combo.
4) Stick to a theme
Many nurseries are themed after popular cartoons or children’s books. Themed nurseries can be very expensive, but it’s not necessary to stick with a theme when designing your nursery. You can incorporate certain animals or colors into the room. There is no set rule regarding what you should use for your baby’s nursery. It all depends on your personal taste and the amount of money you have to spend.
5) Keep your budget in mind
There is an endless selection of nursery styles and designs available, and you can buy items from modern furniture to classic pieces. The challenge you face is keeping within your budget. You’ll want to set a reasonable spending limit for yourself before shopping for your baby’s crib or changing table. If you need help deciding on a budget, consider contacting a professional designer for some advice. Your nursery will reflect your personal taste, so think about what you want when making the commitment to decorating it.
6) Consider safety
When you buy furniture or other items for your baby’s room, safety is a very good thing to keep in mind. For instance, if you buy a rocking chair or glider that uses batteries, try to find out if the manufacturer offers a replacement policy. Ask what kind of parts are included in the warranty and when they expire. It’s also nice to look into cribs that are compliant with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The JPMA offers voluntary standards for baby products that can prevent injuries and provide basic protection for your child.
7) A baby’s nursery should be a place where parents can relax
Creating a relaxing atmosphere is the best way to make your nursery inviting. Consider using lighting and colors to help you feel calm and peaceful when spending time with your newborn. Look for furniture that can be used in multiple ways, such as a dresser, changing table combo, or a crib that converts into a toddler bed.
8) Some nurseries can be used beyond infancy
A great idea for a baby’s nursery is to make it into a bedroom. The space is large enough to accommodate a toddler bed or other furniture you need in the future. The advantage of having an upstairs room for a growing child is that it gives you more privacy for activities such as doing homework and watching television without disturbing the rest of the family downstairs. Your nursery also becomes part of your child’s permanent bedroom without all the hassle of moving downstairs later in life.
Designing a nursery is a wonderful experience and can be quite fulfilling once you’re done. The most important thing to remember is that your nursery should be perfect for you and your baby.