I am excited to say that I just had my first baby 3 weeks ago! It has been quite a priceless journey and it has all just begun! Therefore I saw it to be very fitting to post a blog about building a nursery in your home. It can be very stressful but it is a precious experience. There are many decisions to make and so little time! Whether you have been a Nahville homeowner or you are a new homeowner and you’re ready to start building your family, here are some quick and helpful tips on how to build your dream nursery for your soon-to-be very special new addition to your family!
1. Budget Wisely – Most parents will automatically want to build the best and most adorable nursery for their baby. Who can blame us? But you must keep in mind what you can truly afford. Over-decorating is not necessarily functional. Remember that your baby won’t care if the throw mats match with the window coverings so you don’t need to go overboard. There will be things that get stained and messy so be conscientious of what will make things easier and more practical for you.
2. Childproof The Room – Be sure to cover all exposed electrical outlets, secure all drawers, cabinets and windows and never leave any sharp objects in the room. This needs to be a priority throughout the entire design process.
3. Take Room Measurements – You want to choose the nursery to be a room as close to your bedroom as possible so you can hear your baby crying and to avoid having to walk far in the middle of the night. Take the square footage and floor measurements as well as the window measurements. I would keep these measurements in your wallet so you have them with you as you gradually start purchasing things.
4. Plan The Layout – Place the crib as close to the nursery entrance as you can to avoid tripping over things in the dark. Place the changing table next to the crib so you don’t have to carry your baby across the room. Avoid putting the crib next to a window where there might be drafts. Install a good blind over the window to help your baby sleep well during the day.
5. Decide On A Color Scheme – If you don’t know the gender of your baby it is wise to choose more neutral colors such as cream, yellow, beige, pale green, etc. Decide on whether or not you want to go with a nursery theme – fish, cowboys, flowers, butterflies? Or something a little more modern such as shapes, blocks, or stripes. Also take into consideration that you will probably have to repaint as your child gets older.
6. Choose Your Flooring – Carpeting is a common choice for nurseries as the padding reduces foot noise and also allows a more comfortable space to play once your baby gets older. Hardwood floors however might be more advantageous as it is easier to keep clean and you can always use throw rugs especially under the crib.
7. Purchase A Crib – Be sure to buy a crib that has bars that are vertical and not horizontal to avoid your baby from being able to climb out of it. Make sure the bars are close enough together so your baby won’t accidentally get their heads wedged between the bars. An easy guideline for this measurement is that if a standard soda can slide through the bars than they are too far apart. Also, you should be aware of the massive crib recalls for those with drop down sides. Unfortunately there have been instances of infants being suffocated due to faulty latches releasing and causing the side to fall, trapping the baby with their face against the mattress.
8. Purchase Furniture That Compliments The Crib – Essential nursery furniture items are: changing table, comfortable chair or rocking chair, night stand or table, baby hamper, lamp, and a throw rug that is washable. All should aesthetically go nicely with the crib.
9. Choose Your Bedtime Lighting – Small lamps, chandeliers, a dimmer switch, sconce or night lights are all popular to have on in the night. It comforts your baby and is helpful when you have to tend to them in the middle of the night and not have to walk into a completely dark room.
10. Hang Decorations – Choose a mural, pictures and ornaments and bedding. Hang a baby mobile over the crib. Create an organized changing area with diapers, baby wipes, ointments, receiving blankets, etc. Be sure to purchase a baby monitor so you know when your baby needs you when you’re not in the room. Keep a garbage can (or a diaper disposal system that eliminates odors) close to the changing table. Buy some beginning toys to play with like rattles and teddy bears and anything your baby can’t choke on.
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