Expecting a child is undoubtedly the biggest joy for loving couples. Therefore, even though you may still feel excited and a bit scared in a good way, you should definitely start thinking about prepping your home for the arrival of the new family member. The most important thing you need to tend to is the nursery. Your baby will need personal space to rest properly, but at the same time, you need to create a cozy space you can use when you’re taking care of your baby. In that respect, you may find the following tips very useful.
Start preparing in time
You don’t really have to start designing the nursery as soon as you find out you’re expecting, but it would still be very practical and responsible to start with the organization and design as soon as possible. In general, the nursery has to be completely finished at least a month before the baby is born, so that there is no toxic residue lingering around from the paint or wallpaper, and the whole room is fully equipped for the baby’s comfort. Not to mention that this will be an enormous task off of your baby prep list during the final month of pregnancy when you need to relax and rest as much as possible.
The most important thing about the furniture you need for the nursery is that it’s sturdy and durable. Make sure that the coating and paint of the furniture don’t contain any toxic ingredients. Then you can make your search more specific and look into different possibilities.
For instance, a crib is definitely not something that will last your child for long, but it is a necessity and it can be multifunctional if you opt for a crib that can be transformed into a toddler’s bed. There’s absolutely no compromise with a changing table though since one of these will be a lifesaver, especially if it has proper storage available underneath the table surface. On the other hand, when it comes to the wardrobe and chair, you can choose pieces that can be useable by your child even when they’re a teenager. Look for wardrobes that have plenty of storage room. Also, you will need a comfy chair for sitting when breastfeeding or cuddling with your child.
Make the nursery comfy
You don’t want the nursery to feel empty or cold in any way. In that respect, even though you should never clutter this space up with trinkets, you can still make it cozy and warm. With that in mind, the first thing you can do is enriching the room with textures. Breezy and light yet cute and interesting curtains as well as a nice armchair throw will do the trick. Not to mention the possibilities you have when it comes to comfy and soft round rugs for the center of the room. Furthermore, you can get a CD player that will play soothing music for both you and your child. Also, don’t forget about hanging baby crib toys and soothers. In case you want to install a floating shelf, you can arrange some stuffed toys as well, but don’t go overboard since these are dust collectors and may cause allergies.
The child needs natural as well as proper artificial light. This is why your curtains need to be light and breezy, so that the light can freely get into the room through the windows. On the other hand, bright lighting solutions are not the best choice for artificial lighting in a nursery. However, the brightness will be necessary from time to time, so it would be best to install a dimmer switch for the nursery. Also, make sure that the heating system works properly but the crib is not too close to the heat source.
When it comes to painting, make sure that you choose non-toxic paint. In general, pastel and monochromatic tones are perfect for a nursery. You also have the freedom to add wallpaper with an interesting pattern so that you make the whole space livelier without actually having to hang too much wall art or adding other decorative bits that will only make the room look messy.
Don’t forget that your nursery has to be clean, with plenty of floor space for you and your child to move freely. So make sure you analyze the designated nursery room for the best furniture layout so that you don’t have any trouble with placement and organization later on.