Creating a beautiful nursery design for your new baby to be is one of the most fulfilling aspects of pregnancy. You get to pour all your love and excitement at the anticipation of a new life into your nursery decorating project.
But don’t forget that you’ll be spending a lot of time in the baby nursery after your baby arrives. Use the tips in this article to make sure that your perfectly decorated nursery room is easy to use as well as beautiful!
1. Choosing Your Nursery Room
Many of us don’t have more than one room in the home that would be suitable for the baby nursery. however, if you do have a choice of rooms choose the one closest to yours. The less mileage you have to cover in the middle of the night the better.
2. Babies are Messy
Babies are well-known for spitting up, peeing and pooing at the worst possible times. To decrease your stress levels at this naturally occurring event you should make sure that everything you put in your nursery is either washable, or inexpensive enough to throw away.
3. Comfort is Key
Choose your nursery glider or rocking chair carefully. Sit in as many as you can before you make a purchase. You will spend many hours sitting in this chair in the first few months, many of them in the wee hours. The last thing you need is a chair that makes your back and neck ache when you’re breastfeeding or rocking your little one to sleep.
4. Choose the Right Nursery Rug
A nursery rug that moves, wrinkles or shows a dirty mark every time you step on it will drive you slowly bananas — been there – done that! Buy a fairly heavy-duty rug and use a good rug pad to avoid these recurring moments of insanity.
5. Don’t Skimp on Storage Space
You will need plenty of space to store all of baby’s little goodies and clunky gear. Take this into account when you decide on your baby furniture. A good nursery storage plan will help you to squeeze lots of extra space out of your baby room.
6. Draw a Floor Plan
Complete a floor plan before buying any furniture. This way you can make sure you will have enough space in the baby nursery. A great way to visualize the room is to make large cutouts using the exact dimensions of your furniture and lay them on the floor. (Newspapers or plastic paint sheets work well.) Move these around on the floor until you are happy with their placement.
7. Power Up
Many of the gadgets and gear you will be using in your new baby nursery will require electricity. Take a look at where the plug points are in the room while you are deciding on your furniture layout. If you want a nursery lamp on the night stand is there a plug point nearby? The last thing you want is wiring trailing from one side of the nursery to the other. Not only is it ugly, it’s not safe for you or your baby.
8. Night Light Essentials
Getting around the nursery in the middle of the night, in the dark, with a sleeping baby in your arms and a half empty bottle wedged under your chin is no easy task. You can make life easier by putting your night-light in a place where it is easy to reach and operate.
9. Think Dirty Diapers
Diapers are going to become a huge part of everyday life over the next few months. make changing your baby a breeze by including a changing surface in your nursery design that is at the right height for you. Constantly bending over to change baby’s diaper and clothes on the floor or in the crib is a real back-breaker.
10. What Can You See!
Try to place your feeding chair near a window. You may as well stare at something pleasant when you’re in the chair rocking your baby for the fifteenth time in one day! Along the same lines, make sure you can see a clock from where you are sitting. It will keep you sane, especially in the middle of the night when two minutes can feel like two hours!