Preparing a space for a newborn is a bit complicated, but very exciting for parents to be. There is a range of ways of baby’s room décor, that’s why it is essential to consider all the choices and decide on the one that suits you best in order to simplify a task. Don’t forget about such essential things as comfort and safety when creating a quiet and safe bedroom for a newborn. If possible, try to plan well before birth.
Pick a room that tends to have the warmest warmth in the house, yet is slightly away from all other action from nearby passers-by, yet still is close enough to the parents that they can get to the child within a few seconds. Clear the room of any toys and furniture that may pre-exist in the room. If the room contains a closet or any tucked-away space, clear those areas away completely too. Clothing should come out of all closet spaces the proposed nursery will hold, and all alley-ways should be free of other unnecessary items. Prepare the room in wall-to-wall carpeting. Vacuum the floor. This will pick up any dust or dirt that may have accumulated while assembling the pieces. And last but not least are the proper lighting and wall art. Lighting will add life to a bedroom.
Choosing colors and designs for your baby’s nursery can be a lot of fun. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to make the room really attractive. Do keep in mind that the room should look aesthetic and pleasing to the eye. The best options are the soft and quiet colors including light green and baby blue. Consider opting for more than one color. Avoid lead paint on your walls since its inhalation is dangerous for a kid. Make sure to paint a baby’s bedroom long before your baby arrives in order to have enough time for it to air out. Use classic and timeless patterns for wallpaper. Work out a color scheme. This will be influenced by your nursery theme if you have chosen one. If you don’t know the baby’s gender, favor neutral colors like cream, yellow, beige, and pale green. Decide also whether or not you would like to decorate with a nursery theme. Anything goes, from cowboys to flowers, pirates to butterflies, or something more modern, such as blocks or stripes. Also, consider how the room will be used in the future.
Consider childproofing needs throughout the design and assembling process. This is the primary concern and the one thing on which you cannot compromise. Make sure that you put the baby’s crib in a safe corner where nothing can possibly fall inside. Keep the crib at a distance from the windows, door and air conditioner, to avoid direct drafts which may give your baby a cold. Nothing inflammable near it and no sharp objects or sharp corners. Do not leave any stuffed toys in the baby’s crib and line the insides of the baby’s crib with padding. Avoid combining your newborn babies room with any 2-4-year-old toddler’s room. They can be very noisy and can easily awaken the child. Though, slightly older ones will help to alert in need. Avoid sharing the nursery with too many children. If the baby is a second or subsequent birth, prepare your older children for the baby’s arrival.
When choosing the style for a nursery, consider patterns that will last. Stripes, chevrons, polka dots, and natural flora and fauna are motifs with staying power. The combination of polka dots and an organic floral-like pattern gives a room a childlike feel. When making up a bedroom for a newborn, try to keep an interior to the common theme. For a girl’s room, you can use butterflies, flowers, angels, stars, fairies, etc.
Choose interesting art. Stimulate the child and space with statement art. Large prints or photographs will help the nursery have a childlike feel without being cluttered. Center a piece above the crib or over the dresser. Try adding art that is more sculptural, such as this marquee sign that spells out the baby’s name. Not only will it add a cool factor, but it could also be a great night light. As for the wall art, keep in mind that newborns can only recognize black and white hues, so make sure to hang monochromatic pictures on the walls that will definitely interest your kid.
measure the room and write the measurements and plan a layout on a small card, you can carry with you. You will need these measurements when you go shopping for furniture, paint, etc. And if you happen to see something nice at the market, you can reach into your pocket for the measured layout information. Purchase furniture the baby will grow into. Cribs now turn into toddler beds and changing tables convert into dressers. If you’re buying new furniture, consider a line that will allow you to change its function. This will not only save you a bundle but will match your decor and room longer. As rule furniture for a newborn consists of a changing table, crib, drawer, glider, rocking chair and bassinet. Bear in mind that a baby is only a baby for a short space of time. In this same vein, do not be ashamed to accept heirlooms and hand-me-downs. For example, a crib that gets passed around the family is great, provided it has been checked for safety prior to each use. Baby furniture also adds to the room’s charm. When you buy baby furniture, make sure it matches the color of the walls.
The key to ideal children’s bedroom design is clever storage. Estimate how much storage you’ll need, and create twice as much. The baby will accumulate more items than you may think. Do not place any shelving above the crib, where either the shelving or the things on the shelves might jostle and fall onto the baby. If you have the luxury of space then try to keep storage to the outer edges of the room so that children have a clearly identifiable place in which to play. Transform a closet into a baby-care hub. You can fit baby’s clothes, diapers and more into a tiny space with the right planning. Tuck a small dresser topped with a changing pad into the closet and hang a short clothing rod and shelving above. Use baskets to keep things organized and easy to grab, and hang some soft pockets to keep diapering essentials within reach. Put them in every single room and use them for everything: laundry, stuffed animals, books, blocks, magazines and random messes that you want to hide before company arrives. Storing everything on open shelving can look messy quite easily. One simple way to get the storage benefits while still maintaining a serene feel is to hang full-length curtains from the ceiling in front of the shelving just slide them closed, and all of that messy storage will disappear.
Add a personal touch when decorating a baby’s room. You can place stuffed animals toys in different corners and hang toys on your baby’s crib. Planes, animals, star, etc. Mount toys on the wall. Young babies can appreciate a soft felt wall hanging with toys to tuck in and out of pockets. Hang picture-book shelves. Slim picture rails are the perfect size for keeping picture books neat and off the floor. Small vintage suitcases and trunks are perfect for containing clothes that baby hasn’t grown into yet.
Consider putting the crib close to the entrance so that you don’t have to walk around things or risk tripping over something when you come for the baby in the middle of the night. Avoid putting the crib right next to the window, where there might be drafts. Never place a crib near anything that dangles, like a curtain or blind trimmings, as the baby can get caught up in these and choke. Put the changing table close to the crib, when the baby has wet accidents, you don’t want to carry him or her across the room. Remember to add essential equipment to your baby nursery. Invest in a baby monitor to know when your baby gets upset.
Think about putting the rocking chair next to it so you can look outside. Choose a rocking chair with armrests to support your tired arms. As well, one that’s roomy enough for your now tiny baby to cuddle up with you when she’s a rambunctious toddler. Be sure the chair back height is comfortable for you and your significant other. Consider adding a throw pillow for additional lumbar support.
Make sure to get some contrasting curtains that go with the wall color to protect the baby from any bright light. Add a block out blind to help your baby sleep well during the day if the sun shines directly into the window.
Flooring is also an essential element. You can choose from tile, hardwood, and carpet. Hardwood remains the best option since it is easy to clean, eco-friendly and doesn’t provoke allergy.
The ceiling is another element to take care of. As you might know, newborn babies tend to be lying on the back a lot of time, so your ceiling will tend to attract their attention. Once their vision improves, they will enjoy looking at bright ceilings with an interesting image.
Choose near-bedtime lighting. It may be a good idea to switch off all lights in the room once the baby has been put in the crib. A dimmer switch, sconce, chandelier or nightlight – they are all among your options. Choose more than one if you like. Make sure you all necessary wiring done before you start painting. Lighting will add life to a bedroom.
Bath items should not be placed inside the baby’s nursery/sleeping area. When they become wet, they can create a dewy atmosphere, which may spur allergens and household mold to the baby’s room – a bad combination to create one sick baby.
Pack away all toys, clothes, and gear that baby is not ready for yet. Keep only what you are using daily right now on the easiest-to-reach shelves, and stow the rest out of the way. Under-bed boxes and high shelves over doorways or in closets are great places for this. Clearly label the stowed stuff and sort it by age if possible to make it easy to find the next size up when you need it. Include baby-stuff storage into other rooms. No matter the size of your home, when you have a baby, the baby’s stuff will end up in every room in your home. Reserve at least one shelf, cabinet or drawer in every piece of furniture in your home for baby stuff. Use sturdy wall hooks to get that big jogging stroller, or even the bouncy seat or swing, out of the way.