Setting up a Nursery for your Baby

Setting up the nursery is one of the many super exciting things to look forward to during pregnancy, as you turn your mind to ‘nesting’ for your little one! If you’re lucky enough that your budget extends to being able to afford a dedicated bedroom for your baby, during your pregnancy is the best time to paint, primp and prepare for your newborn. Once your beautiful little one arrives you’ll likely find yourself too busy to have much brainpower for interior decorating, in the early months at least!

What then, are some things that should be considered when thinking about furnishing and decorating a nursery from the ground up? Your baby will change dramatically in the first two years of life and so it’s a great idea to keep this in mind and plan ahead whilst purchasing new items and making selections on decorating. The décor suited to a newborn and the patterns and colors that a toddler likes may be very different, so keep this in mind when making the big decisions, such as paint colors or wall decal designs.

With safety and comfort in mind, write a list of all the things you think you’re going to need to set-up your nursery. If possible, run your list by a fellow mommy or two who can help you determine which items are necessary, and which items are ‘nice to have’. Depending on your budget you can then decide on your final shopping list, and then you’ll be ready to hit the shops!

Here are some more tips:

  • If you’re ready to get stuck into decoration pop colorful toys high up on a shelf, decorate with wall-hangings, and pile some teddy-bears on the floor.
  • Keep the cot and bassinette simple. The sparser they are the safer for the baby, so all that’s really needed is bedding (i.e. sheets).
  • Use non-toxic and low-allergenic paint where possible if painting walls.
  • Place child-proof covers on electricity/power points.
  • As gorgeous as having a mobile is, they can pose a danger to babies from about four months of age, when their arms grow long enough to grab at things dangling in the air.

With all of this in mind, you’ll no doubt have hours of fun setting up a beautiful space for your beautiful soon-to-be newborn. Enjoy this precious time, and most importantly be sure to leave enough time to relax with your feet up before the impending arrival!

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