Creating Your Perfect Baby Nursery

As you await the arrival of your new baby, you want everything to be perfect, including the nursery. You want just the right colors, furniture and accessories to welcome the newest addition to your family. The purpose of this article is to give you some ideas and guidelines for designing the perfect baby nursery for you.

Tips for Designing and Creating a Baby Nursery

So you are ready to design your nursery. Perhaps you have seen so many good ideas you don’t know where to start. Your first approach should be to start early. That way you can take your time, enjoy the process and minimize the stress involved. If you need a creative nudge, start collecting pictures from magazines, websites and furniture store circulars that fit your taste and budget. Attach these all to a dream board, or collect them in a binder for easy reference. As you collect ideas you will start to develop a master plan.

DOs and DON’Ts When Designing a Baby Nursery

There are some important things to consider regarding safety, style and functionality when designing your baby nursery yourself.

DO select a color palette that will work in the room long after the baby furniture is gone. Many expectant parents are opting for gender neutral colors instead of traditional pink and blue (think salmon, navy, lemon, tangerine and gray), or you may like monochrome for most of the nursery with accent pieces spread throughout. Keep in mind that you and your baby will be spending lots of time in the room, so go for a color palette that you will enjoy in the long run.

DO choose a crib that is compliant with 16 CFR part 1219 for full-size baby cribs, or 16 CFR Part 1220 for non-full-size baby cribs.

DO start with a piece of furniture first. This will make it easier (and less expensive) to coordinate the rest of the room. Having paint mixed to match furniture is far easier than trying to find the perfect tone of furniture to match an existing paint color.

DO choose a practical location: a room near your own bedroom for ease of access during the night is best.

DO select a style that coordinates with the rest of your home.

DO decorate the ceiling. Beyond a hanging mobile, add some appealing decor for your baby to look at. Remember that the baby will spend a lot of time in the crib on his or her back. One option is fiber optic lights.

The following are some things to avoid in your nursery:

DON’T place the baby’s crib near a window, cords, heaters or other safety hazards.

DON’T choose furniture and accessories that will require a total redesign every few years. Furniture that has more than one use, or that can be converted over time is ideal. For wall art consider peel and stick decals. They come in many varieties, and they are easily removed and replaced.

DON’T overcrowd the space. You will want a clear path for easy access to your baby and supplies, especially when you are not fully awake. If you must choose between two pieces of furniture, decide on the one that does double duty and/or can be used longer.

DON’T wait to baby proof the nursery (and the rest of your house). Babies develop quickly, and by the time your little one is making his/her move, you will be busy! Cover outlets, stablize furniture and keep medications and chemicals out of reach *before* he/she arrives. Click here for child safety considerations.

DON’T forget to enjoy the process! This is such a special time for your family; you don’t want to lose sight of the joy by agonizing over the minutiae.

More Ideas

As you do a mental tally, you may start to get overwhelmed by the overall cost, and worry if it is even possible to create your perfect baby nursery. It is! You don’t have to spend your child’s college savings on designing the nursery that will be perfect for you. There are many ways to cut costs without compromising on style, safety or functionality.

An easy and fun way to stay within your nursery budget is to DIY wherever possible. Even if you don’t consider yourself especially crafty, there are simple projects anyone can do that will add a personal touch to your nursery. Check here and here for ideas, and put those nesting instincts to work!

Are you working with a small space? Clean lines, neutral colors smaller furniture pieces that do double duty and good lighting go a long way toward making even tiny nurseries attractive, practical and comfortable.

The Takeaway

When you are creating your perfect baby nursery, start early with a dream board. Keep in mind style, functionality, safety, and longevity. DIY when possible, and enjoy the process!

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