Soon after many couples find out there is a baby on the way preparations start for the perfect nursery. If you love design and shopping it can be tons of fun (especially with a large budget) if you aren’t into searching the web or the baby retail store for ideas it can seem very overwhelming. My work as a night nanny and infant consultant has given me the opportunity to work in several baby nurseries over the past several years. When we found out early this year that we were going to need a nursery at our own place I immediately began to start looking for ideas and I knew right away that it would require a few key elements which many new parents overlook while they are busy picking paint colors and bedding.
Our nursery is very close to complete and will have a few final touches added once we find out if a boy or a girl will be joining us (Some pops of purple for a girl, and some lime green for a boy). We have done the near impossible and waited to find out what the gender is which can make doing a room even more of a challenge in some ways. We are so happy with the way our space has turned out and I hope that you will be able to more easily do your babies room, or add to it with some of these suggestions.
My list of must haves: Black out curtains or blinds, video monitor, sound machine, comfortable chair and ottoman, and storage.
Our room features: cool gender neutral colors that accommodate our style and go with colors that are in the rest of our home, wall decal set of birch trees, birds, and two fawns ordered from etsy.com (this completely made our room into the look and feel that it is. Easy to do and no need for a lot of expensive art work or wall hangings), a crib and mattress given to us from a friend, a Craig’s list changing table with storage that we gave a face lift to (we have never been afraid of DIY projects), baskets and IKEA storage that we repurposed from our former office, a comfortable and stylish swivel glider chair and ottoman (which was our splurge for the room) and one of my favorites, black out blinds that a friend volunteered to help with after I searched for the perfect fabric and color (I was picky) and came up with nothing! (Purchased black out fabric, and the grey fabric from Hobby Lobby for around $65 and I have 3 panels to cover my corner window).
A few considerations: A nursery should serve the purpose of a peaceful, sleep inducing space for your child. This is where baby will often be fed, soothed, and sleep the majority of the time. It often isn’t where children play, especially in the first year. Bright spaces, bold colors, mobiles, lights and music, toys and other distractions aren’t necessary to complete your baby’s nursery. Natural light is always good, but have a way to block it out especially during the summer. Colors and patterns are fun but a room as bright as the sun or as bold as a rainbow can be a lot. Have fun and enjoy the process of putting your space together. It will be a relaxing and inviting space that you will cherish time spent with your baby!