Setting up the nursery is probably one of the most exciting home renovation projects, especially for first time parents-to-be. Each item is carefully selected and every arrangement is lovingly planned in anticipation of the impending bundle of joy.
There are some home improvement projects that are best left to the professionals but setting up the nursery is a very personal home remodelling project that serves to create fond memories along the way.
A nursery is obviously not a room which is absolutely essential in a home; after all a lot of parents choose to co-sleep or keep the baby close to them in their own bedroom. Some people do not have a spare room to convert into a nursery and that’s absolutely fine. But if you do have the space and the budget, then a nursery is a great way to keep all your baby stuff organized and neat.
How much time will it take to set up the nursery?
This will of course depend on a number of factors such as the size of the nursery, your own do-it-yourself skills, and whether you will be available to work on it during the week or not.
Although it might be tempting, my advice would be to take it slow, don’t be in a rush. Baby stuff can be ridiculously expensive so wait and watch out for sales where you can pick up things for the nursery. Also if you plan to have a baby shower you will probably be prepping a gifts registry and therefore might be receiving a bunch of items as gifts from friends and family.
There are a plethora of DIY ideas to be found online for nursery organization. Check out parenting blogs, home décor websites as well as Pinterest to get a whole lot of wonderful and practical ideas that you can personalize to suit your needs and tastes.
You could also have a look at model nurseries that are set up in home improvement stores, which will help you plan out the layout of the nursery. Also talk to friends or family members who have recently had kids to find out what are the real essentials that your nursery would need.
Some points to consider when designing a nursery
Choose a colour scheme: You can either go for the traditional “blue for boys and pink for girls” theme or if you want to break away from the norm, opt for any other soothing colour. Lavender, yellow, green are some alternative choices that can make for ideal nursery colours.
Keep safety and comfort in mind: A nursery should be designed carefully in such a manner as to keep your child safe and comfortable. Go for lead-free paints without a doubt. Also, invest in good quality, sturdy and reliable nursery furniture that won’t break down within a short while.
A cosy rocking chair can be a blessing on long and tiring nights when your baby insists on being held or fed for hours together. Put in a bookshelf too, where you can place some books for baby as well as yourself. Make some provisions for toy storage and also a cupboard for baby clothes and accessories. A proper nursery cot is important to ensure that no untoward incidents such as SIDS happen. A changing table can reduce considerable strain on your back as you will need to be changing diapers constantly in the first few months.
Think about ventilation: Arrange your nursery in such a way as to let in enough air and light. Sunlight is beneficial for little babies and fresh air can do wonders too. A dark or dingy nursery tends to be rather gloomy and dank over time – not a very nice place to be for small babies.
Don’t overcrowd the nursery: A nursery that is filled to the brim can be very challenging to clean and maintain. Don’t keep on adding items to the nursery till the walls are ready to burst at the seams! Don’t let advertisements and marketing campaigns fool you into thinking that you need to buy every available baby equipment in the market to be a good parent!
Enjoy setting up the nursery for your little one!