After what feels like years of waiting, you’re finally there: you can start planning a nursery. You’ve got a spare bedroom all ready to go, waiting for you to imprint your ideas onto it. It’s one of the most exciting things a new parent can do; a real acknowledgment that baby is coming, and you need to be prepared.
Unfortunately, it’s the second part that can make excitement dull to panic. This is especially true if you have never done anything like this before. It can seem impossible to find a balance between necessity, safety, and decor. So, take a deep breath. Grab a herbal tea if you have to. Here are a few necessities to get you on your way.
Keep It Sparse
It can be difficult for prospective parents to realise how much stuff comes along with a baby. You may be tempted to fill every space, only to find you clear it all away in the rush of finding another place to store nappies. You don’t need every toy and piece of furniture going. Stick to the basics.
Think About Light
All being well, your baby is going to spend a lot of time asleep. Just like us adults, this is best done in a darkened room. Look at your lighting options as a priority- or options for blocking out light, as the case may be. Blinds are preferable as you can control them better than curtains. Check the brightness of your bulbs as well, and try to have them as low as possible. You don’t want to have to look for something while baby is sleeping and flip on a blazing light in the middle of their nap.
Get Into Their Mind
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While it may sound like an elaborate artistic piece, getting into the mind of a baby is very beneficial when it comes to design. Look at the kind of height that is going to be accessible for them and focus your decor there. Make sure there is plenty for them to look to keep their minds engaged; options include specialist Nursery Wall Art and traditional mobiles of twinkling lights. Keep the thought process going through to a crawling toddler- you will save time in the future by baby-proofing for safety from the start.
Consider A Ceiling Fan
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There is evidence that a ceiling fan can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 72%. If this is something you’re concerned about, it’s well worth looking into an installation. Ceiling fans also provide better ventilation, which is particularly important for preventing allergies.
Leave Room For Development
The simple truth is that you’re not going to be able to think of everything at this stage. Until you have lived it, you have no idea what’s going to work and what won’t. So make sure you leave room to grow into, extra space for ideas that will make life easier.
You’ve so much to look forward to over the coming months and years, so try and keep yourself calm. Hopefully, you’re now feeling more prepared and ready for this exciting new phase of your life.