Creative Ideas to Put Together a Cozy Nursery for Your Little One
No joy in this world is greater than the joy of becoming a parent. But having and raising a baby presents several choices and endless decisions starting from getting the home ready before the baby arrives.
If you too are mama-to-be, questions like what should be the theme of your baby’s nursery, what kind of crib will be the safest for the baby, where should you put the changing table, etc. must be jumping up and down in your mind.
Fortunately, you found us, and we found the answers to all the crazy thoughts and emotions you might be experiencing while designing a nursery for your little one.
Gather all the inspiration and ideas you can to create a warm and welcoming space for your little munchkin.
The Wise Old Trick – Budgeting
You will always want what’s best for your baby, but as we all know the best things usually come with a steeper price tag. Expenses can quickly accelerate when you are designing a nursery. Therefore, it’s important to decide on a budget before hitting the store.
Also, be practical and focus on multi-functional furniture to increase savings. Remember, as your child grows, his needs will consistently change. There’s no point spending on furniture that will be rendered useless in a couple of months.
Start With Choosing a Theme
Of course, you want your baby’s nursery to feel aesthetically pleasing. Well, the world is your oyster. When it comes to decorating a nursery, you have complete freedom to play around with colors and patterns you’ll never think of while designing an adult space. So, let your creativity flow and be as dreamy as you can.
With that being said, it’s also important to settle on a specific design concept, not to limit your creativity but to give it a direction. Having a specific theme for the nursery will enable you to focus and create a more cohesive space. Think nautical adventures or fairy wonderlands, there’s a wide range of theme options you can consider for designing the perfect space. Start by asking yourself what kind of vide you want in your baby’s nursery. You can make the space calm and cozy, or cheerful and quirky. Once you determine the feel, it’ll be easier to think of a theme.
Paint the Nursery Cozy
Selecting colors for your baby’s room can be challenging. More and more parents are choosing soft neutrals and pastel tones over the bright gender-specific themes. Gone are the days where girl’s rooms were pink, and the boy’s room was blue in the shade.
The neutrals, pastels and smart designs will easily grow with your baby. You can try gray layers with the freshness of white and yellow. This not-so baby-like combination will be the perfect blend for babies and kids. Keeping the room simple is a smart idea as later you can always spruce up their room.
Paint your munchkin’s room with colors that are pleasing to eyes. Also, if you have limited space, streamlined decor and light tones will give the illusion of a bigger space.
After selecting the theme and colors, go with patterns that will last. Consider strips, polka dots, chevrons and contrasting colors like black and white or red and black. These contrasting colors not only look elegant but also make a baby understand different colors. So, definitely go for these colors in the nursery.
You can also consider going green. An eco-friendly home and nursery are good for your baby. Avoid chemicals and compromising qualities. Check out these ways to decorate your home with plants and welcome an eco-friendly home.
Lots and Lots of Storage
Babies come with a ton of stuff! Toys, diapers, clothes, books, and whatnot! And, it all needs to go somewhere.
So, every nursery needs to have plenty of storage to contain this stuff. Start by creating creative storage space. You’ll also need to develop a system for sorting and storing clothes.
Also, you need to think practically in this field. Look for storage bags that can hold everything from tiny rattles to larger toys down the road. As your baby won’t be in diapers forever, make sure to buy a basket that can contain something else once past the diaper stage. Also, have a sanitation station close at hand.
Consider drawers and wall shelves near the changing tables so you can have all the essentials handy. Having too many shelves will never be enough with the baby.
Furniture you’ll need –
The crib is and should be your investment piece in the nursery. As your baby will be spending his 3-4 years in this, you must invest in a good one. Don’t rush with the crib shape, style and durability and take your time before buying this essential.
Make sure the crib meets all safety standards. As safety standards have evolved dramatically over the time, it’s not a great idea to buy a vintage or used crib. But, don’t think you can’t buy second-hand crib if you’re short on cash. The cradle that has been passed on in your family can be a great option, provided it has been checked for safety before each use.
If you’re on a budget, consider buying a convertible crib. It may cost more but is worth the initial investment. With a few adjustments, you can transform the crib into a toddler-friendly bed or a full-size bed.
The whole theme of a nursery revolves around the crib and its bedding. This is a place where you can put all your creativity. After the crib, make sure you invest in few crib fitted sheets. Yes, you’ll need many of these. You’ll be shocked at how many of these you’ll go through in a day. And, unless you like to do laundry more often, you’ll need plenty of sheets.
Also, look for soft and 100% cotton bedding to keep the sensitive skin of your baby’s happy. But, keep the bedding simple and limited so as not to pose the risk of suffocation of your little one.
- Rocking Chair
The final piece of furniture you might want to add is a rocking chair. This, in fact, is the most important piece as you’ll want to spend as much time with your baby and you’ll need a comfortable place to sit for it.
You can have a rocking chair or a glider where you will feed your baby, read with her, cuddle with her and rock her to sleep. This is a place of a parent-baby bonding. So, give it a thought before investing in a rocking chair.
There are myriad of options available in the market. A rocker or glider with armrests or one that comes with an ottoman where you can rest your feet, the choice is yours. Visit the store and try out your options before buying. Check out the height, size, and shape of the chair and whether you’re comfortable in it as you’ll be spending a lot of time in it.
Look for fabric that’s easy to clean and can hold up to a lot of use. Lastly, go for the piece that goes well with the decor and reflects your personality.
- Multi-Function Furniture
As kids grow, their needs changes! So, spending a ton of money on the things that will be useful for a year or two is a sheer wastage. It makes more sense to invest in quality pieces that will grow with your baby.
There is plenty of multi-use furniture in the market. Cribs that turn into toddler beds and changing units that converts into dressers.
You can go for a removable changing unit on the dresser rather than spending on two different units. This will save money as well as some space.
You’ll thank us later for this!
Consider Pleasing Lighting
The most ignored but essential factor is the lighting in the nursery. You need to give the light in your baby’s room a deep thought. Don’t use harsh or intense lighting.
However, you’d need lighting that can mimic night time anytime. Installing cute window curtains only to realize a few months in when the baby started to sleep in a crib for naps that shade barely blocks the daylight. This makes no sense.
So, go for blinds and heavy shades that can make babies nap well. Make sure you choose lighting that operates on a dimmer switch. Or, you can go for a lamp that has multiple lighting settings.
Also, it is a good idea to buy a small accent lamp that will give a cozy, story-time glow. Night lamps are for both safety and comfort. So, go for a one that can be pleasing to a baby’s eye and is adorable too. You can also buy a bright night light for the nursery to give you enough light at the middle of the night to feed or change your munchkin.
Redecorate the Ceiling
Your baby will be spending most of his time in the crib looking at the ceiling. So, don’t forget to spruce up the ceiling and make it interesting for your little one. You can consider patterns and textures for the ceiling or add some fun and glow-in-the-dark stickers.
Try hanging decorations but be sure that they are out of your baby’s reach and are attached securely so they won’t fall.
Stock-Up the Essentials
Stock-up all the essentials such as diapers, wipes, ointments, and lotions well ahead of baby’s arrival. Also, make sure you have everything you want close at hand, so you don’t have to take your hands off the baby.
Get plenty of diapers and wipes as you’ll need a ton of these. Always keep these things stocked-up. Believe us; you’ll never want to run out of these essentials. Also, lotions, creams and baby powder also need to be in the store.
Keep diaper pail, and clothes hamper handy for soiled clothes, rags, and blankets. Place it near the changing table, so you don’t have to run out to the trash bin to toss dirty diapers.
You’ll also need plenty of burp rags and baby blankets. So, stock these up in soft fabric and cute colors. Keep the burp rags and blankets handy so that you can grab them quickly.
Next stop will be the toy’s aisle. Yes, you don’t want a ton of these, but you may want to purchase a few. Buy stuffed animals, teethers or a few books to read out loud to the baby. But, don’t put this stuff in the crib.
You must keep an eye on the baby at all times. So, you’ll need to set up a baby monitor. Audio or video baby monitor either will do for monitoring the child. However, make sure there are no wires or cords accessible to the baby when setting up the monitor in the nursery.
Last But Not the Least – Baby-Proof the Nursery
Don’t forget to baby-proof the nursery. In fact, you should take care of every corner of the house. Look for electrical outlets and cover them up or tuck away the cords. Secure the floor with rugs to prevent slip-ups. Also, be sure to keep the medicines and ointments out of baby’s reach. Here are some tips on how you can prepare your home’s design for your baby’s safety.
Ending note – Before putting up a nursery, remember your baby will not be the same age and size forever. So, think before you spend recklessly on things you think are important. Adding pieces that can last throughout their childhood years should be your goal.
Yes, it can be stressful, and you want everything for the newly added member to the family, but don’t overdo it. If you too think the idea of putting together a nursery is stressful, now you don’t have to worry. These tips and tricks will surely be your savior. Use these to create a cozy and comfortable space for you and your baby.
Should you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. You can seek help from professional for tips on interior design.
In the end, it’s your home. It’s your family. You are the one who knows what’s best for you and your baby. If it makes you happy, go for it! So, happy decorating and congrats on your little bundle of joy!