When it comes to a nursery for your baby, especially your first baby, you can get caught up in all of the latest fads and trends. You can see some ideas online and love how they look, but then when it comes to the actual practicality of having a baby in the room, it might not work how you want it to. So with that in mind, here are some of the design ideas for a baby nursery, that you will wish you’d known before your baby arrived.
Keep things all within arm’s reach
When you’re changing your baby on the table, you need to think about having everything in close enough proximity to just grab when you need it. You don’t want to leave your baby on the changing table unsupervised while you grab something, but also don’t want to have to carry your baby, mid-change, to get something that you can’t quite reach. Have wipes, nappies, creams, bags, and anything else you need, all set up and within easy reach of the changing table in the nursery.
Ditch the carpet
Although carpet can seem like a good idea as it is soft, it can be a nightmare in a nursery when it comes to stains and mess. From throwup, milk, and poop, there can be a lot that gets on the floor. Having flooring that is easy to clean will make your already busy life much more simple. Choosing something like solid wood flooring can be a good idea, as it is easy to clean. If you do want a soft element, then go for rugs on wooden flooring, as they can be easier to clean than a whole carpet.
You’ll be in and out of the room all day long, as well as through the night, so you don’t want to trip over something that is just laying around on the floor. So having a space that is free from clutter is a good idea. You should also think about having plenty of places to store things, so that anything that has been left out can be easily stored away. Plus, as your baby grows, the more there is in there, the more that they are just going to pull out and make a mess of!
Install a dimmer switch
When you’re feeding the baby at night, you won’t want to put all of the normal lights on. That is not only for the baby’s benefit, but for yours as well. Instead, choose a dimmer switch on your main light, and then you can easily adjust the light to the desired setting, depending on what time of day or night it is. They’re pretty inexpensive and easy to install.
Keep it neutral
If you are planning on having more than one child, then it can really help to keep things gender-neutral. Think about the colours that you use in the nursery, as well as other items that you buy. Then you’ll save yourself a lot of cash having to replace items, if you have another baby that is a different gender to your first.