Bringing your new baby home for the first time can be one of life’s most precious moments. Preparing the perfect nursery for your little one starts with your own personal tastes and style. And don’t worry about keeping it gender-specific. Today’s gender-neutral trend is to make your baby’s nursery your own, without the typical nursery décor stereotype such as “pink for girls” and “blue for boys.” (Of course, if that’s how you see it, then go for it.) Now is the time to break the rules and create a serene and playful space that’s perfect for your new arrival.
This month, we’ve outlined six nursery décor tips to help you create the perfect space for your baby and your family.
Tip #1: The Trio
Most parents would agree a crib, a changing table and a comfortable chair are the fundamental elements of a functional nursery. Once those items are in place, you can build around them to design a whimsical, calming and functional room.
Tip #2: Add a Daybed or Couch
If the space allows, adding a daybed or couch can be helpful for late night feedings or quick naps. It’s also a nice way to incorporate extra seating for siblings to spend time quality time with their new brother or sister, and to make them feel like they’re not excluded. It’s great for additional storage (underneath it) as well.
Tip #3: Accessible Storage
Having easy access to all the necessities is a must when changing your baby. Keeping things such as diapers, wipes, powder, lotions, pacifiers and toys within arm’s reach not only creates a safe environment, but makes your life easier when it matters.
Tip #4: Soothing Colors
It’s known that newborns only see in black, white and grey until their sight begins to develop. Choosing soft, soothing tones such as blues, greens and pinks are a good choice, since newborns will begin to see these colors at the same rate as their eyesight develops. (Although red is the first color they will see, experts agree to avoid red since it can cause confusion in a newborn if it is the first color they see.)
Tip #5: Removable Wall Art and Decals
Removable wall art is a creative way to decorate your baby’s nursery without damaging the walls. And the best part is that you can change the design as your child grows, so you’re not locked into one theme.
Tip #6: Turn Day to Night
Putting your baby down when it’s light outside can be a challenge. Hanging blackout shades or heavy curtains is an easy way to make the room dark and mimic nighttime so your little one will fall asleep faster.
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