You have already purchased the self-help parenting books, learning how to take care of your baby’s skin, how to potty train and how to monitor their screen time. You and your significant other may have even baby-proofed the kitchen and bathrooms already. Now that the hard part is taken care of, it’s time to move onto the exciting part of having a baby: decorating the nursery! With so many Pinterest ideas on your boards, you have so much to do in such little time. To help make decorating easier, here are some of IKO Community Management’s favorite tips to decorate your baby’s nursery:
Pick a theme, picture or something else you love.
Once you decide on a central idea or focal point to decorate around, the ideas will simply start flowing.
Use online and in-store reviews.
Every parent wants the best for their baby, but certain products may not do the job. Before buying a new changing table, rocking chair or set of blankets, look at the reviews for each product to see how other parents rate it or ask the sales representative for an honest opinion.
Purchase only washable items.
Babies are messy, so make sure you buy blankets, curtains, cushions, and other furnishings that don’t say “spot clean only.”
Measure the room before you buy.
To avoid setting your heart on some baby furniture that won’t fit, take the nursery’s measurements then go shopping. If you don’t find anything you like in store, try perusing online, but…
Order your dream crib early.
Backorders, delivery problems, damage from shipping and other issues can arise if you purchase your baby’s new bed late, so start shopping!
Buying all of your nursery décor from Pottery Barn Kids or Pier 1 Imports can get rack up a pricey bill. Instead, see if you can find some do-it-yourself projects from Pinterest, Disney Baby or Project Nursery.
Use the right kind of paint.
Buy a low-odor, volatile organic compound-free interior paint to avoid exposing your new baby to dangerous chemicals and fuses. When you have found the right kind of paint to use on your nursery’s walls and ceiling…
Paint with the proper color.
Babies’ innate sense of emotion can be determined by the color of their nursery’s walls:
- Blue evokes calmness and serenity while showing creativity, intelligence, strength and trust.
- Yellow and orange are associated with happiness, warmth and youthful. The combination can stimulate brain activity and increase oxygen supply.
- Green represents safety and natural vibes and is thought to have a healing power to it.
- Purple promotes stability and fun energy, symbolizing mystery, power and magic.
- White is associated with cleanliness, purity and positivity.
Pick out the appropriate lighting.
While you should install heavy-duty curtains to prevent the nursery from getting too hot during the day, it is important to also buy lighting fixtures that have dimmers to avoid any harsh brightness. These dimmers will help with a nice story time glow before bed, too.
Make safety a priority.
Babies are curious, so cover any electrical outlets with furniture, and remove any cords from the nursery or tuck them behind the bookshelf. Put all of their toys and books (or anything that will highly peak their interest) away from these unsafe areas, so play time is as accident-free as possible.
Decorating a nursery can be so much fun. Between picking out the color for the walls, ordering cribs and rocking chairs and choosing an overall theme, you’ll have a blast. However, don’t forget that the nursery is your baby’s safe haven, so make it as comforting and secure as possible.
From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy decorating!