Welcoming a baby into the world is a momentous life event that is filled with joy among the family. Planning for the arrival of a new baby also involves a ton of preparation: from studying parenting magazines to reading baby books to researching consumer reports on baby products.
Another huge task consuming new parents is designing and decorating the nursery before the due date. This takes a lot of planning, and a lot is to be considered before the arrival, such as color scheme, furniture pieces, and layout of the room. The color scheme is usually the first detail that comes to mind prior to decorating, followed by the furniture style and layout.
More and more parents are going for the modern nursery style, straying away from the blue for boy and pink for girl look. Trendy new colors for nurseries include charcoal gray, navy blue, yellow and white, and sage green among others with color matching accessories.
The look, feel, and layout should be made to your own liking, but with safety in mind for baby. Lamp cords and small items should be tucked away and out-of-reach as they can be hazardous. Wall outlets should be baby-proofed before the baby arrives home. For more safety tips, visit Parenting.com.
After you have envisioned the aesthetics of what your dream nursery could look like, it’s time to make it happen! Follow the step-by-step guide below to start designing and decorating the nursery:
Step 1: Select the Crib
The crib is going to be the centerpiece of the room, so it needs to embrace the selected décor. A crib needs to be durable as well as up-to-date on government safety standards. Dependability is an important quality too, since you may use it for future children.
You may feel like you have to buy a brand-new crib to go with your new nursery – but this simply isn’t true. Second hand pieces can be just as good as long as they were well-maintained by the previous owners. Look for gently-used furniture at local children consignment boutiques or garage sales. If you do decide to go with second hand pieces, make sure you’re aware of the current safety standards as they may be different from when the crib was originally manufactured.
Step 2: Pick the Bedding
A lot of people get inspired to design their space around the bedding they see in department stores – so why not for a nursery? There are beautiful nursery beddings out there that will go perfectly with your vision – you just have to look! And as for sheets, you probably want to buy a few packs since they will get dirty a lot and will need to be changed frequently.
Step 3: Find a Changing Table
You’re going to need a changing table that will hold all of the baby essentials, like diapers (a lot of diapers), wipes, lotion, baby powder, bibs, emergency onesies, etc., and what could be more fun than a pre-baby DIY project?! Convert a dresser –older or new – into a baby changing station that fits the theme of your nursery! Besides, nothing can beat a one-of-a-kind creation!
Step 4: Design a Cuddling Nook
A nook specifically for one-on-one cuddling time with baby is what every nursery needs, and you can design one with little to no effort at all! Find a distinct yet, comfortable nursery chair that you can see live in the home after the nursery days are over. A comfy and stylish chair is essential for rocking baby to sleep, cuddle sessions, or feeding while pulling together the look of the room. For extra convenience, put a side table near the chair.
Step 5: Provide Lots of Storage
A newborn requires a lot of stuff –from toiletries to toys – and you’re going to need storage, storage, and more storage to accommodate it all! Invest in a sturdy bookshelf so you have a space to display your child’s blocks, games, and story books. Fabric storage baskets are great for storing smaller baby items and they come in an array of colors. Dressers are another must-have piece in your nursery, so find one that has a lot of drawers for keeping socks, bibs, blankets, and onesies.
Step 6: Lay Down a Rug
The rug is another big focal point of the room, but more importantly, it’s where you both will be having playtime. An area rug that covers a majority of the floor is a great thing to invest in, especially if the nursery has tile or hardwood/hardwood-style flooring. Look for an area rug that not only goes with your nursery décor, but also one that is resistant to stains or that is easy to spot clean.
Step 7: Set-up Window Coverings
New moms and dads want nothing more than a restful sleep for their newborn and curtains can help to achieve that! Heavy fabric curtains or blackout shades are ideal window coverings for a nursery because they block the sunlight or street lights from streaming through the window. When looking for the perfect curtains or shades, look for ones that are shorter in length since infants tend to tug on anything and everything.
Step 8: Choose the Right Lighting
Lamps can add some color to the nursery as well as some needed light. A night light will come in handy for you when you get up for late-night diaper changes.