There’s nothing like a growing baby bump to make you see your house in a different light. Finding the right space for your little one is an exciting experience and it’s all about combining spacious solutions with safety features and some fun designs. If you’re thinking about getting a nursery ready for the arrival of your newest family member, here are some of our top tips.
Any room with the right safety features can be turned into a nursery. All you need is space for a cot and some storage units for the essentials. Nursery nooks, whether in the master bedroom, an adapted laundry room or walk-in wardrobe, equally make great sleeping spots.
According to baby sleep experts, your newborn really doesn't need a light-flooded bedroom. Actually, some natural light is great but it’s more important they have real darkness to calm them and help them sleep. Avoid windows next to street lamps and consider adding dimmer switches to reduce the glare on your overhead lighting. Equally, try avoiding any bulbs that give out a blue light as these only help to keep them awake.
When it comes to picking a design for your little one's room, this is your opportunity to get a bit creative, for both their and your benefit. Remember, you'll be spending a lot of time in there yourself. Pick stencils and characters to paint on the walls that you won't hate in a couple of months time, and make sure there's a nice spot for you to sit and rock your baby during those early morning feeding hours. This could also mean adding a secure book shelf with some reading material to keep you occupied while you wait for them to drop off.
Nurseries need to be fun and festive places, but they also need to be calming. This should factor into your choice of colour scheme, as some shades have a tendency to keep little ones awake and active. For example, too much yellow can agitate babies, while greens and blues are a more soothing option. Orange is also thought to be a warm and comforting colour, as long as it isn't too bright.
Consider the finish too. Obviously you’ll want to ensure it’s low-odour and non-toxic, but you can even get wipe-clean and anti-moisture paints, which may well come in handy.
There are lots of things to think about when child-proofing your home, so make sure to create a thorough checklist a good while before the baby arrives. The key things are covering plug sockets, securing or stowing away any heavy or sharp objects and using baby gates and cupboard locks to keep out curious toddlers. You might also want to use brackets to secure furniture – you’ll be surprised at how strong your baby will become in no time at all.