So, you have made the decision to have a baby. Now, it’s time to prepare for the arrival of that little bundle of joy. One thing that can be very exciting for any new parent is the decorating of the baby’s nursery. There are various online baby stores that supply a range of equipment, toys and decorations for nurseries, but before you spend hours trawling the internet it is a good idea to get a plan together of exactly what it is you are looking for. Below are some great ideas and tips on how to kit out your first nursery.
1. Find the theme. You may not necessarily know if you are having a boy or a girl by the time you come to decorate the room, in which case you may want to opt for a more neutral tone and add accessories later on. If however, you do know the sex of your unborn child, then it is time to start planning the theme of the nursery. Do you want it traditional pink or blue? Or, would you prefer something patterned like animals or teddy bears?
2. What kind of cot do you want? As with most things baby related, there is a lot of choice when it comes to what kind of cot you want for your baby. There are timber cots, antique iron cots, sleigh cots and more. If you are not sure what each of these are then have a quick look in any online baby stores.
3. Plan your space wisely. Before you set off on your baby shopping spree, take a few moments to plan your space in the nursery. There will probably be quite a few accessories that you will find yourself buying, so it might be an idea to write a list of what you want and then plan where it will go. Will the baby’s dresser and changing station be in the room? Will all the baby’s toys be in the nursery? There is no point in buying lots of really nice things only to find that you are unable to fit them all in.
Also, a few other handy do’s and don’ts to remember when thinking about nursery ideas are:
• DO stick down any rugs or mats to the floor and make sure all wires are securely tucked away to help avoid any trips.
• DON’T climb up ladders when you are pregnant as you risk falling and harming yourself and the baby.
• DO put any new carpets and paint in at least 3 months prior to the baby’s arrival to ensure the room is completely fume free.
• DON’T strip paint if it’s really old if there is a chance it is made from lead as could be harmful to the unborn child.