You may relish it, your nesting hormones may insist on it, or the thought may send you in to a mild panic! What are we talking about??? Designing your baby's nursery of course!
With so many other things to consider pre baby's arrival, the task of sorting out baby's nursery may be an overwhelming one.
Fear not! Follow Burble Baby's simple tips for keeping you focused on the important things without getting your pinterest boards in a pickle!
- Be practical - consider location, noise, warmth and light of the room. In an ideal world a room in close proximity to your own for those frequent night visits is essential. If the room is quiet, baby has less chance of being disturbed - is it next to the bathroom or ovelooking a noisy street for example? Is it south facing and full of light, then maybe black out blinds should be on your essentials list. Make sure to check out the temperature of the room, babies sleep comfortably between 16 and 20 degrees Celcius.
- Be logical - the hard part about designing a nursery is balancing the niceities with the essentials. Choose your essentials and big pieces first to fit the size and space of the room that you have e.g cot, wardrobe, book shelf. Once you have that, the rest can follow in terms of colour, theme and decor. Think about how you are going to be using the room and what you and baby will be doing in there. Sleeping, changing, reading, playing? Do the pieces in your room fit the purpose and your's and baby's needs? And don't forget storage for all those baby bits - nappies, wipes, creams, toys...
- Be safe - when choosing a cot ensure you find the BS EN 716-2:2008 safety mark, as all new cots on sale in the UK have to meet this safety standard. It ensures that the cot is deep enough, doesn’t have cut-outs or steps and that the bars are the correct distance apart. Keep a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber onto away from the cot too.
- Be simple - as aforementioned, don't get your pinterest boards in a pickle! It's always good to get some inspo and a starting point with decor, but don't feel pressured to come up with the ultimate design-led chic nursery space for all of instagram to coo over!(Obvs, if that is your thing then go for your life!) This is baby's space and it is probably going to be a space that grows and adapts with them over time. Think neutral, calming colours with decorative accessories that can easily be changed over the years. A calm, soothing space is essential for those early years. And, let's face it, in a few years your baby will be a child with their own ideas of what they want their room to look like! Wall stickers are a cheap alternative to wall paper and rooms can easily be accessorised to a theme with wall art, prints, ornaments, bedding and bunting.
- Be you - and finally, think about your own personal style and the style of your house. Is your home style traditional, contemporary or a bit of this and a bit of that? Make sure your nursery design reflects your style and the decor you’ve chosen for the rest of your home. That way, it won’t look out of place and you won’t tire of it.
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