Congratulations! Your little one is on the way. While this is an exciting time, there is a lot that needs to be accomplished – like decorating the nursery – before he or she arrives. Even if it’s too early to know the sex of the baby, or you’re waiting to be surprised, there is a lot that you can get started on now.
The nursery is one of the most special ones in your house because it is where you and your baby will spend a significant amount of time and it is where you and your child strengthen that critical bond. Creating a room that is comfortable, soothing, and of course baby proof, is essential.
First choose a colour scheme. When babies are first born, they can only see shades of gray, black and red. While it may be tempting to include these colours to encourage stimulation, the colours may be too overwhelming and can make the room feel smaller. Instead, stick to softer and calming colors like blue, greens, yellows and pinks, which are all colors that babies can see best as their eyesight develops. Blue is no longer gender specific, and there are other shades like turquoise that work well in a gender-neutral nursery. Remember to pick out paint that is durable and easy to clean.
Wall Paper, Decals and Trompe L’oeil Treatments
The trend right now is to incorporate elaborate murals and designs into bedrooms. While infants may not recognize princes and princesses, it can still add a fun and whimsical touch, and they’ll grow to appreciate it. Wallpaper and graphic decals are a quick and easy way to add drama to a room. When decorating the walls, try to keep it pleasing to the eye and not make figurines or characters appear frightening. Jungle and zoo animal themes work well for both boys and girls.
Other than the crib, this most important piece of furniture you can have. Reading a bedtime story, rocking your little one to sleep, feeding and napping – you’ll probably be doing all of this and more in the rocking chair. Pick a large cushioned chair or padded rocking chair that is comfortable and comes with an ottoman. You’ll appreciate the support as you coddle your little one.
While a sturdy dresser or table seems like an inexpensive and easy solution for a changing table, the truth is they are not. It is well worth the money to invest in a changing unit. Just make sure it has a built-in rail along the changing pad and accessible storage.
Room for Growth
If you don’t know the sex of the baby until the birth, you can always wait until later to add more personal and gender-specific decor like pillows, picture frames and other details to the nursery. Likewise, keep in mind the future of the room. For example, if it will become your child’s bedroom and if the furniture will be used in the long haul. If so, pick something that is versatile and durable. There is a range of baby furniture on the market, so choosing the right one can be difficult. Just remember to keep in mind your theme and most importantly, whether or not the furniture is comfortable and safe.