When you have a baby on the way, there is a lot that needs to be done. But perhaps one of the biggest, and most fun, tasks is designing the nursery. This can be a long project, especially if you’re moving to a new home — with 39% of moves in 2018 being local moves, lots of expecting parents move to a new house nearby to make room for their growing family. But either way, you need to make sure your baby has a great nursery to sleep and play in. So let’s take a look at a few great tips to help you design a baby’s room.
Designing a nursery is something that should be really fun. And what’s more fun than choosing a cute theme for the room? However, it’s important to remember that a baby’s room should not be so filled with colors and decorations that they feel overwhelmed. This is especially true seeing as how a baby’s brain will more than double in size within their first year, allowing them to really take in their surroundings. So when choosing a theme for the nursery, make sure you keep balance in mind. Consider painting the room a soft color and add little pops of brighter colors throughout the decor. A theme will help bring the whole room together and can incorporate a variety of patterns and colors.
While it can be easy to get caught up in the cute decor you can fill a nursery with, it’s important to not forget about the primary function of a nursery: comfort. A baby’s room should be filled with furniture and items that make them feel warm and safe. This is why all surfaces the baby will be laying or sitting on should be soft and comforable. When choosing blankets and plush toys, make sure they are nice and cushiony and not just for decoration. This will help the baby feel comforted when they’re surrounded by comfy items. Additionally, soft surfaces will come into play as the baby ages, with kids between ages two and five practicing motor skills like tumbling and running. So while the baby won’t be moving right away, they should be surrounded by items and surfaces that make them feel comfortable.
For as small as they are, babies need a surprising amount of products — from diapers to bottles to clothes to toys and everything in between, you’re going to need places to store all of the baby stuff. This is why it’s beneficial to put plenty of storage options in the nursery. While drawers and cubbies are obvious choices, you can also explore other options. Multi-functional furniture, like an ottoman that doubles as a storage cubby, can be great for small spaces. Or if possible, consider building shelves right into the wall to avoid taking up more room than necessary. Overall, storage is a necessity for any baby room.
Designing and planning a nursery isn’t something that can be done overnight. So start early and keep these tips in mind to end up with the best baby room possible.