5 Tips for Decorating Your Baby’s Nursery

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Planning your baby’s nursery is exciting! You might have pinned hundreds of images on a Pinterest “dream nursery” board, but as your due date nears, it’s time to start being practical. Here are the top five things to keep in mind while designing your baby’s nursery.

Take Measurements

When I was pregnant, I ordered a rocking chair online only to discover that it couldn’t fit through the nursery door! After enlisting the help of multiple neighbors and removing an entire windowpane, we finally squeezed the chair into the room (along with many tears from a hormonal pregnant woman). Don’t make the same mistake I did! Make sure to measure every nook and cranny, and plan out your vision before buying items at random. It will save you a lot of unwanted stress during those last few months of pregnancy.

Budget

Everyone has a budget to work with while planning their nursery, and I have discovered a couple ways to save that worked for me. First, we skipped the changing table. Instead we bought a changing pad and cover to place on top of a dresser (making sure to nail the straps to the dresser to ensure it was unable to move or fall off). Most people only use the changing table for a short time anyway (many switch to changing their squirmy toddlers on the floor), so it’s one less piece of furniture to buy. You can use the top drawers of the dresser to keep essentials like extra diapers, wipes, creams, etc. and we also placed a basket on the dresser with these types of items as well.   Second, we purchased a convertible crib that changes into a toddler bed which we can use until he is ready for a regular sized bed. This eliminates one more short-lived item to buy. I would, however, invest on a comfy chair for your room, especially if you plan on breastfeeding your child. I cannot tell you the countless amount of hours my son and I have spent in our chair (despite my meltdown when it arrived) feeding, rocking, reading, snuggling, etc.

Lighting and Color

It’s important to set the mood for sleep in your baby’s nursery. Choose calming colors for you and baby, since you will both be spending plenty of time in there in the early days and you will need some calming too. Choose a neutral wall color that can be accented with removable wall decals or hanging wall décor. This allows your child to grow with the room and change themes without having to repaint the entire room each time. Have a side lamp to use while getting baby ready for bed, or install dimmers onto your overhead lighting. Also, consider purchasing blackout shades or curtains as this could help your baby nap better during the day. I’m still wishing we had done this early on, because while my son sleeps wonderfully at night, he still refuses to nap in his crib during the day, and I wonder if this could have helped.

Storage

Your baby will accumulate more stuff than you can even imagine. I always said we wouldn’t be those parents whose baby takes over the entire living room. Well, our baby is now taking over our entire living room. Fail. As baby gets bigger, the toys get bigger. It’s important to plan for storage in advance either with shelving or organized toy bins. You should also make a plan of action for what you will do once baby grows out of clothes and toys. Will you save them for a future child, or get rid of things as they grow? It helps to have an idea of the space you’ll likely need before you end up barricaded into your home.

Childproof in Advance

Your baby will not be a tiny infant forever. Before you know it, baby will be rolling over, crawling, pulling up, and then walking. Before it’s too late, I would childproof the nursery in advance. Baby will probably pull open every drawer, pull down every accessible picture frame, book, or electrical cord, and get into every trash can she can get her hands on. Make sure all large furniture is bolted into the wall to avoid falling over, and tuck unsafe objects out of reach. Our nursery was beautiful and tidy when our son was small, but now I’m constantly moving things out of his reach to make it more safe, resulting in a less tidy, less organized room. I wish we had done more childproofing in advance to avoid the mad rush of getting it all done and having a pileup of items.

Keeping all of this in mind, make sure to have fun, and enjoy the experience, as this is such a special time for you and your partner. Good luck!

Do you have any other tips to share?