There’s more to decorating a baby’s nursery than most people think. Here are just a few tips for designing the perfect nursery.
Work out the theme
Is your nursery going to have a traditional feel or a modern feel? Is there going to be a particular colour scheme or animal theme? This is worth establishing before you start buying paint and furniture. You don’t have to follow any theme, however it will help to give the room a sense of harmony. If you still haven’t found out the sex of your baby, make sure that it’s a neutral colour
Consider a convertible cot
If you haven’t purchased the cot already, it could be worth considering a convertible cot. These cots can eventually be converted into beds when your little one becomes a toddler, saving you money in the long run by not having to buy a separate toddler bed. This might seem a long way off now, but it’s always worth thinking ahead.
Consider storage for toys
Toys and clothes will accumulate fast. Having lots of storage will help you to keep these toys and clothes tidy so that you don’t end up with large messy piles around the room. Most parents underestimate the need for storage – opt for more than a single chest and consider storage units and drawers. You could even consider buying a separate wardrobe for baby clothes.
Keep supplies in easy reach
It’s worth keeping some nappies, wipes, muslin blankets and other supplies handy in the room for when you need them. You could place these next to a changing station or beside the cot. Such emergency supplies can in fact be worth having in every room.
Opt for scrubbable wall paint
The walls may eventually get marked by grubby handprints or pen scribbles once your little one starts crawling and occupying themselves. You may not be able to clean these marks off of the walls if the walls contain regular paint. By choosing a scrubbable paint option, you’ll make it much easier to clean the walls if necessary.
Consider wall decals
Nurseries can sometimes have a lot of empty wall space because there’s not so much of a need to place things up high. Find creative ways to fill these walls – for instance, you could decorate your nursery with wall decals. You can find decals in all kinds of shapes and there may even be the option of custom decals.
Consider a night light
Some babies are able to sleep without a night light, however you may still want to buy one just in case. Night lights come in all forms – some can be attached to walls, while others can hang over the cot. Find one that doesn’t consume too many batteries (reviews may be able to warn you of this).
Invest in some blackout blinds
Without blackout blinds, you could find that your baby is woken up by the early morning sun. To help your baby sleep longer – and to help you get more sleep – consider adding some blackout curtains or blackout blinds to the room.
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