One of the best parts of getting pregnant is the process of nesting. Creating the perfect space for your baby can not only be creatively fulfilling but also downright fun. Yet, if you’ve never had a baby before it can be overwhelming knowing what you do and don’t need. After all, marketers would have you believe that you need to spend millions for your baby’s nursery.
The good news is that creating a nursery doesn’t have to break the bank, or be overly complicated. To help you through the process, here are some of the most important things to keep in mind in order to create the perfect nursery.
Make Safety a Priority
One of the first things you should consider when creating your baby’s nursery is safety. Make sure that you put their bed in a location that is far from any electrical sockets, sharp objects, or anything that could fall on the bed. The placement of windows and curtains are also important factors to consider. Never put anything in your baby’s crib—even stuffed animals which could potentially suffocate them.
Add The Right Lighting
Lighting is essential when it comes to teaching your baby how to sleep on their own. Some babies may not appreciate total darkness, so you may want to add soft lighting that gives off a soft glow.
However, you don’t want to add too much lighting as this could keep your baby stimulated and discourage them from sleeping for long periods of time. Remember, in the beginning stages of the baby’s life, their nursery is for sleeping not playing. So, your job is to create an environment that promotes soothing and peaceful sleep habits.
While it’s not necessary, it’s pleasant to personalize your baby’s nursery with objects that make it feel like it’s your baby’s and not just a generic room. Perhaps you can add some art, or photographs of family. You can also consider adding something like a mobile to the ceiling so your baby has something to look at as they lay and stare up. .
Always Be Practical
When choosing the materials that you need in your nursery, it’s easy to go overboard if we aren’t careful. Be practical and only buy the things that you absolutely need. That means a bed, a chair for feedings, somewhere to keep your children’s clothing, and perhaps extras like an air purifier or sound machine. The more somber and simplified you can keep the room, the more it will promote your baby reaching a sleepy state. Making it overly busy or full of things isn’t the goal when designing the interior of a nursery.
Eventually, your baby’s nursery will be a place for them to run and play in. But for now, it’s simply a place for them to lay their head and receive their feedings. So don’t overthink it, stick to the basics, and you’ll end up with a beautiful nursery that your child will thrive in!