Top Nursery Design Ideas for Expectant Parents
Preparing to have a baby is a very exciting time, and one of the things most expectant parents do is to get their nursery ready. Decorating and designing the nursery, along with buying all of the things your new baby will need, is a vital part of what is known as the ‘nesting’ process. However, if this is your first child, you may need some help in designing the nursery.
The color scheme you pick for your baby’s nursery should help to create a soothing yet stimulating environment. You should avoid very bright shades or overly patterned wallpaper, as this won’t help when it comes to getting your baby to sleep. Paler, more soothing shades (i.e. pale pink or pale blue) are best.
If you don’t know the gender of your baby, or you don’t wish to decorate your nursery according to the baby’s gender, you can go for neutral colors such as white, cream, yellow and pale green.
Nursery Furniture and accessories – a quick checklist
The kinds of furniture and accessories you will want to buy for your nursery include:
o A baby cot or crib
o A changing table
o A night stand
o Cabinets, cupboards, drawers and other storage solutions. Estimate how much storage you will need for all your baby supplies, then double it. You’ll be surprised at how much space you’ll need to keep your nursery tidy and organised.
o Blackout blinds, to help your baby sleep during the day
o A couple of comfortable chairs for family members and visitors
o A comfortable, soft carpet for baby to crawl and play on
o Toys, cuddly toys, mobiles
The layout of your nursery is important. You need to be able to easily access everything you need, and you also need to place things logically within the room. Here some good nursery design tips:
o Put the changing table near the crib (so you don’t have to whisk your wet baby all the way across the room).
o Position the crib away from the window which may be too drafty and near the door, so you won’t be tripping over things when trying to reach the crib at night
Essential nursery equipment
As well as buying and arranging furniture and accessories, you also need to buy a few essential bits of kit for your nursery. These include:
o A baby monitor
o Soothing night lights
o A music player – to play soothing tunes to your baby
Last of all – don’t forget to baby proof the whole room before bringing your baby into the nursery.
Nursery decorating ideas from Elise Carr, writing on behalf of Sleep Tight Kids Ltd