It’s thrilling to start thinking about how you’re going to design your nursery. Even if you don’t know the baby’s gender, there are a plethora of options. One thing you’ll want to make sure of is that it’s the safest location for your baby to stay, especially during those important night time hours.
Think about furniture placement
Before you design any other component of the nursery, you should think about where you’re going to put your furniture. Although your baby won’t be able to grab something too far away from them when they are first born, they will soon begin to move around. Anything that could fall on your baby or cause them to choke should be kept well away from the cot. This includes having bedside crib fitted sheets. Even though your baby is small, a simple tug could be fatal. Even simple things like curtains could be pulled down and suffocate your child.
Even when they are old enough to stand, it is preferable to situate the crib against a wall in the centre of the room with nothing that they can reach out and grab. You can rest assured that your baby will be safe and will be able to develop normally.
Decorating the nursery
Did you know that some commercially available paint can be detrimental to your baby? It is essential to choose child-safe paint for their development and wellbeing. Many paints contain lead, which is hazardous. Strong paint fumes can also provoke asthma in a small child (even if you painted months before the birth). Take the time to learn more about using child-safe paint to decorate. You and your child will be able to sleep soundly (within reason) and you won’t have to worry about any underlying ailments caused by the paint.
You could choose a few colours to make the nursery a relaxing and charming space. You can purchase stencils to apply on the walls to add charm to the space, as well as wall transfers, which are applied similarly to wallpaper.
Don’t scrimp on new furniture
Even while it’s tempting to use the same cot you slept in as a baby, it’s always better to buy new. We’re usually all about saving money, but the safety of your child comes first. If you absolutely cannot afford to buy new, ensure the crib’s structural integrity is reinforced. Returning to the subject of paint, if you choose to repaint the crib to give it a new look, make sure to pick child-safe paint.
When it comes to pieces of furniture like chests of drawers, make sure there’s nothing too heavy stored in or on top of them so that when your baby starts exploring, they don’t accidentally pull it on themselves. Don’t forget to babyproof your child’s nursery with corner protectors and electrical outlet covers.
If you follow all of these tips in your nursery, you can feel comfortable that your child is safe in their room. Enjoy your new addition to the family; they won’t be babies for long!