Decorating a Baby Room
Are you planning or decorating a baby room?
What safety aspects should you consider?
Which color should you choose?
Get ideas, tips and practical advice for your exciting project
We are looking at interior design ideas for your home. Here we'll look at lots of practical tips for preparing your nursery.
Preparing and decorating a baby nursery is an exciting time, and full of anticipation.
Choosing a Cot or Crib
- Any cot or crib you purchase, new or second hand, should meet certain safety requirements:
- The slats should be close together, so that there is no danger of baby getting stuck in between them.
- The cot or crib should have no dangerous corner posts.
- The cot or crib should be finished in a non-toxic finish, and with lead-free paint.
- Make sure all screws, nuts and bolts are well tightened and secure.
- Check that the mattress fits nicely in the cot, with no gaps.
Where to Put your Cot
- Never position a cot or crib near a window, where a child may be at risk of climbing up and falling.
- Fit window locks or safety catches to windows.
- Don't fit shelves above the cot.
- Also keep your cot out of the reach of pull-cords for blinds, and other hangings, including baby-mobiles. Look out for blinds with special safety cords too - and fit them properly.
Keep Out of Reach...
- Make sure all electrical items, wires and sockets are well out of reach.
- Fit socket covers to any electrical sockets, to keep out tiny fingers.
Make the Most of Safety Technology
- Always make sure you fit a smoke detector in your baby's room.
- Use a baby monitor, so that you can hear what's going on in baby's room.
- Look for a changing table with a small rail around, which will stop your baby from rolling off.
Try converting a dresser or chest, by adding your own rail.
- Consider buying a changing table with open shelving, rather than cupboard doors.
From a practical point of view, it will be far easier for you to reach for nappy-changing supplies.
- Keep nappy-changing supplies in easy reach for yourself, but well out of reach of your baby.
More factors to consider when decorating a baby room:
Cribs, Cradles, Cots and Beds for Decorating a Baby Room
- A cradle or bassinet will really only be suitable for baby's first few months.
If you choose to use one, make sure that it is very sturdy.
Put baby into a sturdy cot, as soon as s/he starts moving about.
- Choose between a drop-side crib and a convertible crib.
- One side of the drop-side crib quite literally drops - to make it easier to get baby in and out.
But, will you be able to use this feature easily, while holding your baby?
- A convertible crib converts into a toddler bed. This is a sensible, longer-term option for decorating a baby room, and will last quite a few years.
Keep Baby Safe
- Remember to remove any extra quilts, comforters, pillows and cuddly toys from the cot, while your baby is still new-born. They could be a suffocation risk.
- As your baby learns to stand up, remove cot bumpers from the cot, as your baby could stand on them, and climb up.
- Move your child into a proper toddler bed as soon as there is any chance they may be able to climb out of the cot.
Baby Room Layout & Furniture
When decorating a baby nursery take the opportunity to get creative and have some fun!
Color and Babies
- A baby cannot see details, or subtle color differences, until nearly two months old.
Until then, they can see strong contrasts, like black and white, or bold patterns, well.
- A black and white nursery would be very unusual, unlikely to appeal as the baby develops a little more, and really isn't necessary for baby's visual development.
Instead, try sticking to the more usual bright colors and cheery tones, which they will adore as they learn to see more colors, and turn into little toddlers.
Picking a Paint
- Paint is a more usual choice for decorating a baby nursery than wallpaper. Such bright colors need plain, flat surfaces to look effective.
Paint can also be wiped down easily, which is a distinct advantage in a baby's room.
- Children are naturally drawn towards yellow, so this is always a good choice for decorating a baby room.
Greens and blues are also great favourites, and are suitable for either boys or girls.
Although very pale, pastel pink and blue are seen as typical baby colors, they really will only be suitable for the first few baby months.
Clear and bright colors are much better suited to children's color tastes - so steer clear of any muted or dark tones, and keep it cheerful.
- Paint furniture in matching or complementary colors to get the colorful, cheery feel.
(Learn how to put together great decorating color schemes here.)
That way, you are sure of a scheme that goes. You can acquire furniture second hand, or from various sources, and still be sure that it will all match.
- Get creative, and add fun stencils, transfers, stickers or murals to the walls, and even to furniture.
Baby will love to study the colors, patterns, characters and shapes as s/he gets older.
Playtime for Babies
- Include a play-mat, making sure any rugs have slip-proof pads, for when baby starts to crawl and toddle.
- Your baby will soon get loads of bright and colorful toys as gifts.
Show them off as part of the decor, on display shelves. Or keep it all clutter-free, in open storage baskets.
- Babies and toddlers will love bright and cheery colors, so keep this in mind when decorating a baby room. Above all, though, use colors that you love too.
Baby will pick up on your moods and emotions - so it is important that you are happy with your decorating choices.
I hope these tips have been helpful for planning and decorating your baby's room. I bet you can't wait to get started?
Where to Go Next
For more decorating nursery ideas and inspirations take a look at the baby room gallery.
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