Decorating your baby's nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for his or her arrival. With just a little planning, you can create a fun, child-friendly space that you'll love to spend time in, too. We'll show you how to make it happen in 3 easy steps.
Pick a Theme
You'll want to start by choosing a theme and a color palette. You'll need to decide if you want the room to be gender specific or gender neutral. Pink, blue, and cartoon animals are sweet for infants, but might not work so well when they're a little older. Consider painting the nursery a neutral color, and using removable wall decals related to your theme. That way, the room can easily grow with your child.
Choose Your Furniture
There are at least four pieces of furniture you'll probably want in your nursery: a crib, a changing table, a chair, and shelves for storage.
The crib is usually the focal point of a nursery, and the style you choose – modern, traditional, rustic, etc. – can set the tone for the room. You can skip the bedding, though. Pillows, blankets, and even crib bumpers can be hazardous to your baby, so stick with a firm crib mattress and fitted sheet for at least the first year.
A changing table is a necessity, but it doesn't have to be a traditional one. A dresser with a foam changing pad on top can work just as well. Whatever you choose, make sure you have room on it (or right next to it) for all the necessities, like diapers, wipes, burp cloths, and rash cream.
You'll want to have a comfortable chair for feeding and soothing your baby. Look for something that's well padded, like a glider or padded rocking chair, because you'll probably be spending a lot of time in it!
Babies tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, so storage is an important consideration. You'll want to have bookshelves with bins and baskets to store clothes, toys, and stuffed animals, and keep them off the floor.
Don't Forget the Lighting
Late-night feedings and diaper changes are on the way. Now's the time to prepare – before you're trying to maneuver your way through the dark while holding a newborn. The proper lighting can help.
Nightlights are an obvious solution, but as soon as your baby is old enough to crawl, they become a potential safety hazard. We suggest installing our own SnapPower SafeLights instead.
A SafeLight turns your outlet into a child-safe nightlight, with sliding outlet covers to protect your baby from electrical shocks and hazards. The cool-to-the-touch LED lights can be adjusted to high or low brightness, set to come on automatically when the room darkens, or they can be turned off. The safety covers allow you to plug things in easily, yet make it impossible to stick fingers or anything else inside, making the SafeLight perfect for a house with small children.
Pull It All Together
Don't wait until the last minute to start planning your nursery. With a little time and preparation, you can pull together a room that's perfectly suited for both your baby and you.