If you are nervously awaiting the imminent arrival of the patter of tiny feet, no doubt you have already begun listening to your nesting instinct.
You might have started stockpiling food for when you’re too tired to cook, you may have begun tidying the house as if every day is a deep clean or you might have started to create the dream nursery for your little one. Nurseries are hugely personal spaces and should be designed so that they are conducive to relaxation, calmness, and a restful night’s sleep. After all, this is the area of the house where your little bundle of joy will be spending most of his or her time.
There is a mind boggling array of cots, paint colours and baby furniture that you will need to trawl through before you stumble on your perfect set up. However, by sticking to a few clear rules, you can perfect the ideal nursery for your new arrival.
When it comes to the colour of the nursery, you may opt for the pastel pink or blue hues of days gone by. These gender specific colours still have their place, but in an age of empowering girls and equality, pigeonholing your son or daughter into liking blue or pink from an early age might not be the sort of attitude promotion you are after. Instead, why not opt for a neutral hue of cream, biscuit or almond white to soothe and keep the surroundings light and airy. With some wall art and stencils, you can still create a highly personalised space. You might want to look into getting a mural designed or a name plate put up. Alternatively, you could adorn the walls with photos of the family in a custom picture frame or two so that your little darling will get to know familiar faces.
By keeping the wall space relatively uncluttered with just a few knick knacks, you are maintaining a calm atmosphere. You don’t want the space to be too busy, distracting your little cherub from trying to get a good night’s sleep.
Nurseries tend to be relatively small rooms within our humble abodes. This can mean that we underestimate the amount of storage we need and run the risk of feeling cramped or penned in. It can be impossible to get your head around the amount of space and storage a tiny human being needs for their vests, clothes, nappies, and toys. Get yourself a chunky toy box that will grow with your child, meaning that you don’t have to clutter up the downstairs area with teething keys, books, and wooden musical toys.
Some nifty storage solutions include multi-purpose furniture. Purchase a changing bench with a cupboard or shelves underneath to store items. Ensure the cot you select comes with drawers underneath or there is space to place baskets of baby-grows. Wardrobes are fantastic, but make sure the interior space isn’t wasted. If they don’t come with internal drawers, pop some in yourself so you can hide away bottles, creams, and bibs.
Configure the nursery so that it isn’t painful or laborious to do the simplest of tasks. Have a nursing chair in the corner so that you can sit comfortably if you need to soothe your little one in the middle of the night. Make sure the mobile is directly over the cot to help soothe your cherub. Ensure that the nappies are close to the changing station and don’t put the favourite teddies out of reach on the top shelf of the wardrobe. Make the nursery fit for purpose, calming and relaxing.
A dark bedroom for any family member isn’t a great mood lifter, and the same goes for a baby. Even if you don’t have bucketfuls of light streaming into the nursery, there are ways that you can maximise what you do have.
Whip up a mirror and swap the big central light for more subtle spotlights. These warm white LED hues are so much more natural and less harsh than the bright white strobe variety. Dimmer switches are also a perfect way to control the amount of light in the room. A mirror will help reflect the light you do have to make the space feel brighter, more spacious and more airy.
Welcoming a new arrival into your home and family can be as much daunting as it is exciting. However, by following this guide, you should be able to create the perfect nursery for you and your little one.
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