When preparing for your new arrival, creating a nursery is one of the fun parts. As well as establishing a room that is creative and stimulating, it also needs to be practical. Fortunately, there are ways you can do both.
The place to start with any room design is to look at functionality. When you bring your baby home, he or she may sleep in your room for the first few months. But at some point, they will be moving into the nursery. You are also likely to use the room for changing, nursing and playing. All of this needs to be factored in.
In terms of basics, when looking at nursery furniture, you’ll need the following:
Cot, mattress, and bedding
Moses basket (optional)
Drawers, wardrobe, cupboards, and other storage
Mobiles and toys
Rocking chair or similar for nursing
Start with the basics first and then build around this. Some parents choose a cot only, while others also purchase a Moses basket for ease of transfer. A changing table and mat are self-explanatory. You will also need a system for disposing of soiled nappies.
You’ll need different sources of light within the room. If there are large windows, a blackout blind may be desirable to help your baby to sleep. You’ll need a good source of light for changing etc. and you can use an overhead light of this. But for bedtimes, a lamp or nightlight will be more appropriate.
Kids have lots of stuff. They have clothes, toys, accessories, etc. And those are just the things that you buy. Their grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends will also buy them gifts. So you’re going to need a lot of storage space.
As your children grow, they will acquire a lot of toys, so finding smart storage solutions is important. Plus, it will teach them to keep their possessions tidy.
Stackable plastic boxes are always useful. They can be stacked in closets or placed under beds and are a great way to declutter. They are also quite sturdy and will keep items clean.
Multifunctional furniture is also useful. For example, chairs and tables that also double as storage space.
Decorating can be a challenge, though most parents no longer keep to traditional colours. Children grow quickly, and their tastes become established. Unless you have a big budget, it’s worth opting for simple, generic colours and patterns. They can then be updated easily without too much upheaval.
If you live in rented accommodation, this can also present problems. It may not be possible to update the decor without permission. However, there are still smart solutions. For example, wall stickers can be installed and then taken down without ruining paintwork.
Your child’s development should also be taken into consideration. Providing a stimulating environment will help them to reach their milestones. Use contrasting colours, where possible, and a range of textures. This will help with focus and curiosity. Consider playing soft music at intervals to stimulate the baby’s hearing. Keep the nursery clean and free from clutter. Avoid overstimulation.
When planning your nursery think about functionality first and build from there. And don’t forget that you will also need to use the space. It should be a creative and practical environment for everyone.
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