Before I had children I was never really into decorating or interior design. That all changed when I got pregnant for the first time and realised I’d have to create a room for our new arrival. Far from the dread I’d expected, I found myself super excited about creating a special space for our baby. Setting up your dream nursery can be one of the most fun parts of your pregnancy.
It’s easy to get caught up in aesthetics and forget practicalities when building your baby’s nursery. You’re going to spend a lot of time sitting, pacing and feeding in this room, so make sure it’s comfortable for you. Give yourself an armchair or rocker that you can nurse comfortably in, and make sure there’s space for books, magazines and snacks to keep you both happy during those late nights awake.
Another practical aspect to remember is storage. A baby requires a huge amount of clutter, it would seem, so make sure you have organised space for everything, particularly when it comes to the changing area.
Speaking of clutter, if you’re building a nursery on a budget, consider what’s necessary and what’s excessive. Find out from people you know who’ve had babies before what they really ended up using, and make a list from that. In my experience, a changing station is particularly useful, while a huge amount of newborn clothing went unworn.
Stick-on wall decals were a really great find for our nursery; your baby won’t always be a baby, so decorating in a way that wasn’t permanent turned out to be a great call; our toddler ended up having interests that required new decorations! This also makes room changes and shake-ups a lot simpler.
Most important of all: have fun. Select your favourite color patterns and decorations and make a day of painting the room with your significant other. It’s a great way to get excited about your upcoming new arrival.
On a final note, don’t leave all the decorating to the last minute. The paint fumes aren’t really safe for baby, so it’s best to get all of this done sooner rather than late so that the room has a chance to clear before your baby arrives!