Things To Do When Designing A Nursery

Things To Do When Designing A Nursery

Even if they don’t notice it yet, babies need a safe space when they enter our world.

How does one even begin to anticipate the needs of a child who hasn't even been born? Where to begin and what to prepare before she moves into her new home? This can be a difficult task as there are so many things you need to prepare for: the baby’s comfort, an overall organised layout, round-edge furniture and a lot of comforting curves.

Here are a few things to consider before designing a new room or nursery for your baby:

  • Don’t rush into buying everything all at once
  • Consider not having a theme yet
  • Consider having a mini-refrigerator
  • Install a smoke detector
  • Do not crowd the crib
Don't rush into buying everything all at once

Don’t rush into buying everything all at once

It's a lot of fun to go shopping for your baby. And one of the most exciting aspects of welcoming an angel into your life is setting up the nursery. However, we advise you not to be too hasty. Work hard on the basics, such as non-toxic paint, a suitable crib, soft but ample lighting, and baby proofing the space.

Try to begin decorating as soon as you get confirmation of your pregnancy so that everything will be ready by the time your baby arrives. You can make a schedule in line with the developments of your pregnancy. For example, during the first month, maybe you’ll consider scouting for options for baby furniture and studying reviews of different brands for comparison. On the second month, you can try what kind of themes you would want to consider for the nursery; will it be baby animals or Pokemons? Will it be rainbows and the colourful sky during the day or do you want a forest feel? When the third month comes along, maybe you can start considering fabric swatches and other design elements. By the time you’re done with your first quarter, you already have an idea of where to start designing your nursery for your newborn.

Consider not having a theme yet

Consider not having a theme yet

A nursery with an animal theme would be nice, but not having a theme at all works just as well. This way, you won't be limited to a specific type of decor and will have a wider selection of items to use in the room. This is a safer bet because it also allows you to redesign the room a few years later when your child will tell you exactly what she or he wants.

There are also a lot of options for gender neutral design and decor. Interior designers have become very creative in coming up with themes that work for both a baby boy and a baby girl. From furniture to toys, from linen to baby accessories, and even mural art, there are several options available for gender-neutral designs.

Consider having a mini-refrigerator

Consider having a mini-refrigerator

This is not something that many parents consider. However, it is a fantastic tip that will make life easier for a new parent. Get a mini fridge in addition to a bottle steriliser and a warmer in the room. If your child's nursery is a bit far from the kitchen, setting up a small workstation in the baby's room will be very convenient. It will help you save time and energy.

We all know that with a new baby comes little to sleep not to mention constantly having someone to look after and not putting them down. To maximise your time, have everything within arm’s length or just a few steps away.

Install a smoke detector

Install a smoke detector

You can never be too cautious when it comes to protecting your baby from home accidents, one of which the most common is fire. Smoke alarms should be installed if you intend to leave your baby alone in the crib at night. We can never be too careful with our newborns.

Do not crowd the crib

Do not crowd the crib

Keep things as simple as possible inside the crib. To reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), you should avoid clogging the crib with anything other than a comfortable mattress and bed sheets. Choose simple fabric, too.

Designing the nursery is more about comfort and function than aesthetics especially for the baby so it’s best not to go overboard.