Making kids happy is something we always want to do as parents, and we go out of our way to make sure our children are always smiling and laughing, whether they’re at home or out and about in the big wide world. But raising a child is a huge journey to undertake, so you’ve got to start your efforts to make the rest of the world a safe and happy place from day one!
With all that in mind, it’s time to focus on the nursery! The nursery is where a kid spends a lot of the first couple years of their life, and it’s the best place to help foster development and a little person’s love of adventure! So let’s focus on some of the ways we can perfect the nursery design.
Go Wild with a Single Theme
If you’ve got a themed nursery in mind for your rapidly approaching bundle of joy, you’re going to have a much easier time of designing the nursery and getting it ready for the arrival of your little one. You see, you’re a lot more cohesive with what you want to get done, and you’re going to be able to save some money because of the single theme you’re working with!
Nurseries are going to be expensive to set up, and it’s honestly the main reason you should pick something and stick with it. Not to mention it can help to create a sense of stability for a little person’s eyes, and you’re never to going to feel dissatisfied with how two different color schemes blend together.
You could make yourself an entire aquarium out of the room, or you could float sky high with some balloons and clouds. Or you could paint the walls into trees and have all kinds of animals hopping in and out of them; something you know would look absolutely magical to a child, and something you’re going to have a lot of fun creating yourself.
Make Yourself a Sitting Area
Seeing as you’re the parent, you’re going to want to craft your child’s nursery into an area you can easily use as well, especially if you’re going to be nursing frequently. It can be hard and extremely tiring to constantly stand up and feed, so make sure you’ve got a comfy armchair in the corner of the room at least.
It also means you can spend more time with your child inside the nursery doing other activities, such as reading in a comfortable spot or taking a quick nap with them on your chest. Don’t make a habit out of that of course, but when you’re partner catches you and takes a cute photo, it’s going to be worth it!
You can easily install a window seat if you want to make sure your baby is getting as much sun as possible in their early days, especially if they’re sensitive to the outside world or you don’t have much chance to take them out for walks. Or you can implement some benches around the corners of the room, with pillows to act as the back and space to put toys, books, and games underneath. It looks good and it feels good, so try out any one of these ideas for a more functional room!
For the Changing Station
If you’ve got a nursery with a crib in it, you might think that’s as far as you need to go, seeing as the bathroom is just down the hall and there’s plenty of surfaces elsewhere. However, when you set up your own changing station in the nursery as well, it’s going to be a lot easier for you to take care of your baby, and you’re going to have everything you need all in one place. It makes your route around the house a lot easier, and you’re less likely to get annoyed at your partner for leaving the wet wipes downstairs again!
You can make one yourself out of a dresser, or you can buy one specially from a shop; that can be easier on your time, but it may just take a few more dollars out of the budget. Make sure you’ve got some storage boxes nearby for all the creams and cloths you’re going to need, and to store all the diapers that are taking up the space in the hallway again. Check out the video below if you’re DIY friendly and want to go the extra mile for your bundle of joy.
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It’s also a good place and opportunity for you to check your baby over for any kind of health worries or something out of the ordinary on them. For example, you can look up Mustela cradle cap if you notice dry skin on your baby’s scalp and immediately be comforted! Getting a close look at your baby is easy when you’ve got them laid out in front of you with plenty of lighting on them, as well as cleaning materials to wipe off any dirt you’ve confused for scab, spot, or mole.
Make Storage Fun
If you’ve got a baby on the way, you’re already buying up all of the items you can find in the stores, stocking up on every kind of resource you think you’re going to need, and popping them in a back cupboard somewhere. Well that simply won’t do! You’re going to need all of these things around you, for when baby wants playtime, changing, being fed, and being dressed in the absolutely cutest clothes known to man.
But you don’t have to bundle all these things into boxes and shove them out of the way. No no, you can make your storage solutions a lot more fun for everyone involved, so unleash some of your creativity in your planning stage, and try out a couple of these ideas.
First of all, you’re going to want to be organised. Babies have an awful lot to their name considering how new they are at life, so make sure you’ve got yourself a system already in the works. If you’ve got space under the crib, you can easily make some rolling draws (out of the ones from the dresser that broke a few months ago and for some reason you never got rid of them) to slip in the space under the bed. When the time comes to grab one of junior’s toys, or the extra bottles you bought because you’ve lost your best one, you can just roll a draw out.
If you’ve already got your seating arrangement out of the way, wouldn’t it be nice to have an ottoman in front of the chair you can recline in to make sure you’ve got somewhere to stick your feet up? If you think that’s an excellent idea you’d like to try out, why not make something like a bucket ottoman that you can upholster with your favorite materials, and then stick all kinds of extraneous objects inside it when you need the extra storage?
Be Soft with Your Lighting
Babies are a lot more sensitive than the average child or grown adult, and you’re going to have to remember that for a long time to make sure you’re never accidentally putting them through discomfort. So plan for this in advance and introduce a soft light rule to your nursery. You want the room they’re going to be spending a good amount of their young life in to be as warm and inviting as possible, and if you don’t feel the want to sleep when you walk in there, there’s a good chance your lighting is too harsh.
And by this, try not to use any kind of overhead lighting for a good few months as your baby gets more and more used to the brightness of the world outside of the womb. Instead, go for standing lamps or ones you can put on a bedside table, or even just simple night lights scattered throughout the room. They’re going to be getting plenty of natural light throughout the day when the curtains are open, so make sure they have a healthy darkened environment to sleep in at night as well.
You can also be creative with this as well, as when you’re lighting your child’s room up, you can introduce patterns and layers. This helps to keep it soft, but makes sure you can always see what you’re doing, and can be easily dimmed out if the light gets too much on your baby’s skin and young eyes.
The nursery is never going to be done to perfection by itself, so always strive to make sure you’re introducing some good rules and design choices to it. Your baby is going to thank you for it in how much better it sleeps, eats, and behaves, so you simply won’t be helping yourself if you go for colors and furniture that’s just too harsh for the space! Make a plan and a good budget, and then be as soft as possible.