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Designing the Ideal Baby's Room

Creating a nursery for the littlest member of the family can be a fun and engaging experience. With a little planning, it’s easy to design a baby’s room that’s comfortable and safe for a baby to sleep and play.

Thinking About the Layout of the Nursery

Before coming up with some baby nursery room ideas, think about the size and shape of the room so you can make best use of the space. Consider establishing a focal point such as a crib, a large window, or a prominent wall. Then design the other key zones around that focal point. For example, if the crib or sleeping area is the centrepiece, consider placing the changing area on one side nearby. If the room is large enough, you could place a feeding area on the other side of the room.

Think about placing the crib in a part of the baby’s room that is not facing, or by, a window, or choose colourful window treatments such as curtains or blinds that can be closed when the baby is sleeping. This helps to keep the area cool and away from harsh sunlight that could impact sleep.

Pro tip

If the nursery area is small, consider a bassinet or cradle for the first few months. These crib alternatives take up much less space and will work until the baby outgrows them.

Choosing a Colour

Picking a colour is a key part of designing a nursery. If you prefer traditional options, consider shades of baby blue, pink, and yellow. Soft neutral colours are another option that can create a soothing ambiance. Painting the walls in a colour that’s the same as, or complementary to, the furnishings and bedding in the room helps establish a cohesive baby’s bedroom design.

The ceiling may also need a coat of paint. With the baby spending most of the time on his or her back, consider a soothing colour for the ceiling.

Pro tip

Consider painting the walls of the baby's bedroom with a washable semi-gloss paint. It's easier to remove smears from a glossy finish when your tot starts touching the walls.

Selecting Your Window Treatments

It’s a good idea to regulate the amount of sunlight and breeze coming through the window of little one’s room. Bright light can interrupt babies’ daytime naps. Consider blackout curtains or blinds for the nursery to keep baby comfortable during naptime. Window coverings with no trailing cords are the safest option.

Window treatments also help regulate the temperature of the room. Consider using sheer drapes or screens underneath the curtains. These filter light and moderate airflow during the day when you don’t want the room to be dark. Window treatments also contribute to baby’s bedroom decor. Consider colours that match or complement bedding. A patterned or multicolour window treatment can be an eye-catching addition to the room.

Choosing Comfortable Flooring

When choosing a nursery’s flooring, it’s a good idea to plan for when baby starts to crawl. Wood, vinyl, and laminate are good options. However, they’re hard surfaces that you may want to soften with carpets and area rugs.

Consider natural materials when ordering laminate flooring and carpet for the baby’s first bedroom. Flooring made of synthetic materials often contain and release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and other toxic chemicals. If natural materials aren’t an option, consider VOC-free or a low-VOC products.

The cushioned surfaces of carpets help protect little ones from scrapes, bumps, and bruises. However, carpets can be difficult to clean and may harbour dirt, dust mites, mould, and mildew. If you prefer to use carpet, consider investing in a high quality vacuum cleaner. If allergies are a part of your family’s medical history, you might want to avoid using carpet in the nursery.

Shopping for Furnishing for the Baby's Room

Furnishings are an important factor when thinking about how to decorate a nursery. After preparing and painting the room, it’s time to equip it with everything needed to keep the baby comfortable while sleeping, feeding, and changing.

Crib and Bedding

With constantly changing safety codes and standards for cribs, it’s a good idea to buy a new one for the baby’s bedroom. Babies usually use this bed past their first year. Consider a crib that’s strong enough for a 2- to 3-year-old toddler to sleep in. Some models can convert into toddler beds and may be preferable when you’re getting a crib for your last baby.

Shopping for crib bedding is a good opportunity to show off your great nursery ideas, and it’s often easy to find designs and colours that go well with the overall bedroom theme.

Babies go through bedding quickly, so consider buying as many crib sheets as you can. This also gives you the opportunity to purchase various colours and styles.

Pro tip

Consider soft bedding made of 100% cotton. It’s breathable and gentle on a baby's sensitive skin.

Changing Table

A freestanding changing table is a good option for a nursery. However, any medium-height flat surface will do. To save on space, consider repurposing a dresser or storage furniture as a changing table. Place a changing pad on its top and keep diapers, wipes, clothes, and everything else needed to change the baby in its drawers.

Nursery Chair

A comfortable place to sit while feeding, cuddling, and rocking your baby is a must-have for every baby’s room. For maximum comfort, consider a rocking chair and an ottoman to rest your legs.

You’ll be spending a lot of time in this seat, so consider keeping it near a bookshelf. This ensures you can pull out books to read yourself and to your baby. Consider a low bookcase or storage shelf with a flat top that can hold essentials like water and feeding bottles.

Storage

A baby’s bedroom usually needs lots of storage to keep everything from clothes and diapers to toys and lotions organized. Consider various storage options including open and closed bins of different sizes as well as a chest, toy box, and baskets.

To maximize the use of the space, you can slide smaller units under the crib and hang shelves, bins, and baskets on the wall. A storage closet and wall shelving units are other ways to make great use of the space.

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Using Lighting Fixtures to Create the Right Atmosphere

Harsh lighting in the baby’s room can keep the youngster awake at night. Installing a dimmer is a good way to avoid this problem. Also, adding an accent lamp that produces a soft, warm glow may make nighttime feeding and changing easier.

A nightlight, luminous light switch, or motion sensor light in the hallway is also a good idea to help find your way to the nursery in the dark. Consider getting a musical light projector to soothe the baby back to sleep with soft music and a glowing light show cast onto the ceiling.

Choosing Toys to Engage and Entertain

Toys are also essential accessories for a baby’s bedroom. These playthings add colour to the room and engage little ones.

The most popular kinds are mobiles, crib toys, stuffed animals, and activity centres. Mobiles are visually stimulating for tots and can help lull them to sleep.

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