Plan the perfect room for your baby
The nursery should be a place that makes you comfortable and your baby feel secure. It’s a room that you will use during all hours of the day and night feeding, changing, rocking and soothing your little one. Why not make it one of your favorite spaces in the house? Fortunately, you don’t need a background in design or a huge budget to create the nursery of your dreams. Follow these 6 steps to plan the perfect room for your baby and you.
Inspiration for a nursery starts with one idea like a color combination or theme, and then it grows into a vision of the ultimate room. Find pictures of what you like in magazines and online, and then take steps to reproduce the look in your own home. Whether you love a simplistic style, specific color palette or dedicated theme, there are plenty of online resources to help you pull the look together. Check out these sites to guide you through the process: Project Nursery, Pinterest, Houzz, HGTV and the The Bump.
Create a tranquil retreat.
The nursery should be a sanctuary, a space that evokes relaxation. The color palette you select plays an important role because it can affect your baby’s mood as well as your own. Light, soft pastels and neutral tones are more calming while bright, vibrant hues are stimulating. Blinds, shutters or blackout curtains can help to block out the sunlight in the nursery, which helps your baby rest soundly during the daylight hours. While you should not be afraid to personalize the nursery, keep it simple. Less is more.
Invest in three pieces.
Three furniture pieces will become focal points for your nursery: the crib, a changing table or dresser combination and a glider or rocking chair. If you plan to have more than one baby, consider a gender-neutral style that will save you money in the long run. Arrange the furniture with your daily routine and convenience in mind. Put the crib in a spot where you can peak through the door to check on your little one. Position the changing table near the closet so you can easily grab what you need. Add useful accent pieces like a small table and lamp near your glider or rocking chair.
- Make sure to research your furniture choices, especially the crib. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), cribs account for more deaths of infants than any other nursery item.
- The crib should be at least an arm’s reach away from other furniture and should be placed at least three feet away from all cords including the baby monitor, window coverings and lamps.
- Don’t forget to anchor down the furniture. Once your child is on the move, all furniture in the nursery (and throughout the home) should be secured to the walls.
Your crib and bedding should be the centerpiece of the room. It will be the first thing people see as they walk through the door. Pick a bedding collection that sets the tone you’ve envisioned. Look through our nursery collections for ideas.
- According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), bumper pads should never be used in infants’ cribs because they could become a suffocation hazard.
- A bare crib is best. The majority of sleep-related infant deaths are attributed to suffocation involving pillows, quilts and extra bedding.
- Make sure you have a tight-fitting mattress in the crib with a fitted sheet made for crib use. To keep your baby comfortable throughout the night, use safe sleep solutions like a Simple Swaddle or Wear-a-Blanket.
- Toys in the crib posea small but serious risk. The only exception is with an option that securely straps to the crib.
- Make sure your mobile is installed correctly and within a safe distance from your baby. Once your baby is sitting and able to pull on the mobile, it should be removed.
Stock up and organize.
A clean and organized nursery will give you peace of mind so you can focus more of your time on giggling and snuggling. Even if you are working with a tight space, there are plenty of ways to keep it neat and tidy. Containers are key to keeping everything in its place…and everyone happy. Fill plastic bins with cotton balls, a thermometer, bulb syringe and other medical supplies. Maximize the space in the room by using high floating shelves for items that you want to keep out of reach, low shelves for books, and storage totes on the floor as a catchall for toys or blankets. Read more creative ways to make space in your baby's nursery.
Put safety first.
Newborns will spend the majority of their time sleeping, so it’s especially important that your baby’s sleep space is checked thoroughly for potential hazards when baby proofing your home. If you follow the proper up-to-date standards, then your little one will sleep safely and you will sleep soundly. Follow these nursery safety tips.
Are you looking for ways to refresh your old nursery? Maybe you designed your nursery for your first baby and need to redo the space for another. Whether you are having a boy or girl or just want a new style, there are affordable ways to breathe new life into the room.
Now that you’ve designed your dream nursery, check out our baby registry checklist.