So you’re having a baby. Congratulations. Now it’s time to get your house in order and make sure your baby’s room has what’s needed.
Learning curve; that’s one way to describe pregnancy and preparing to be parents!
You already have endless books to read and classes to attend as you prepare, the last thing you want is to feel like you need a degree just to deck out your baby’s nursery.
A designer or some DIY
Firstly, do you want to employ a designer or DIY?
A carefully selected interior designer can offer expertise regarding the best and safest furniture and furnishings along with designing a palette specific to you what you want.
If you’re tackling the project yourself, it’s best to keep it simple. Your baby’s new room doesn’t need to be over the top.
A common theme for decorating a nursery is to fill it with bright colour and pattern, creating a high stimulus environment. There have been numerous studies into colour and its effect on sleep patterns.
Most notable is yellow, which people associate as a ‘happy’ colour and which is often selected as a non-gender-specific option. It has, however, been scientifically proven to make babies cry.
Just remember that your baby will be taking in its new environment at an accelerated rate and although some stimulus is good for development, in a sleeping area, fewer stimuli are better.
Here’s a helpful starter checklist to set you off confidently in the right direction:
When selecting paint colours for your baby room, stick to soft tones and pastel colours. Strong, bold colours tend to be over-stimulating.
Also, select a paint that is low or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) to ensure a non-toxic environment.
2. Baby Furniture
We recommend selecting a cot that converts to a small child’s bed.
As well as resulting in more value for your dollar, this also allows your baby to grow into and retain this as its own little space for years.
3. Accessories & Décor
Baby mobiles are wonderful for engaging your little one, but we recommend avoiding hanging them over where your baby sleeps – the stimulus a mobile provides is best confined to day ‘active’ areas such as over a change table or in a ‘play’ section of the room.
Your baby’s first room is important, with consideration given to ensure its both calm and can grow and develop with your baby’s personality.
However, at the end of the day, the most important thing you baby needs is you, so don’t let this process stress you out.
It should be exciting. It should be fun. It signals the beginning of a new chapter in your life and preparing this space should be filled with joy, not anxiety.
The most important thing your baby needs is you, so don’t let this process stress you out.