Designing a nursery for your baby is one of the most exciting phases of becoming a parent. You can decide on color schemes, furniture arrangements, and decor to provide your baby and caregiver with a safe space. There are many factors to consider when designing a baby nursery.
If you want to create a haven for your little bundle of joy on the way, you will find this baby nursery guide helpful. It will walk you through the necessary steps to create a beautiful nursery that you and your little one will love.
Table of contents
- Step 1: Chose The Location
- Step 2: Determine The Available space
- Step 3: Choose The Nursery Style
- Step 4: Draw The Layout
- Step 5: Determine Your Priorities
- Step 6: Choose the Theme
- Step 7: Invest In Nursery Furniture
- Step 8: Choose The Nursery Lights
- Step 9: Nursery Storage
- Step 10: Add a Personal Touch
Step 1: Chose The Location
Choose the appropriate location in your house to establish a nursery. Whether you have a designated baby’s room, the location should be free of noise and distractions and easy to access. The nursery should be close to your bedroom to make it easier to care for your child.
The nursery location should have sufficient natural lighting, free air movement, and safety. In addition, it should have proper ventilation and should be easy to regulate temperatures.
Step 2: Determine The Available space
Consider the size of the area you want to establish the nursery. It should be adequate to allow you to place furniture while leaving enough space to move around. Look at the room’s shape and consider features like a sink, inbuild closets, etc. Measure t
Step 3: Choose The Nursery Style
Do you love a classic style, or are you in love with colors? Or do you love a transitional style that will grow with your baby? You should answer these questions when choosing the best style for your baby’s nursery.
Step 4: Draw The Layout
Draw the nursery layout plan to determine the feeding, sleeping, and changing areas. Consider the size of the area to establish the most efficient layout plan that makes it easy to coordinate the three zones.
Step 5: Determine Your Priorities
Designing a nursery is an expensive investment, and thus you should determine what is essential and what is not. Look at the amount you plan to spend and make a list of must-have items in the nursery.
Step 6: Choose the Theme
Decide on the color and theme of your baby’s nursery. If you already know the gender, you may choose a blue theme for a boy or a pink theme for a girl. You may also want to consider neutral colors like white or beige that may suit any gender. The color you choose determines the nursery decor and furniture colors.
Step 7: Invest In Nursery Furniture
Choosing the nursery furniture is the most crucial step when designing a baby’s nursery. Although you can put as much furniture as you want, the crib, changing table, dresser, and rocking chair are the most significant pieces of furniture in the nursery.
Choosing the Crib
Your baby will sleep in a bassinet for the first three months and transition into the crib. Consider a stylish crib that matches the nursery design and decor. Choose a small, standard, or large crib. Invest in a quality and durable crib that will grow with your baby. You will only need a firm mattress and a fitted sheet for the crib. Avoid pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals to ensure your baby’s safety.
Choosing the Changing Table
A changing table is essential when designing a nursery. It allows you a comfortable posture to avoid straining your back and knees. A changing table provides storage space for blankets, towels, diapers, wipes, and diaper creams. Consider a safe changing table with raised edges to prevent the baby from rolling over or falling.
Choosing a Dresser
A dresser provides storage space for a baby’s clothes, towels, blankets, and toys. You can also use it with a changing pad when short on space or on a tight budget to avoid purchasing a separate changing station. A dresser makes changing time easy by allowing quick access to essential baby items.
Consider a changing table that will fit the available space while leaving enough room for movement and matching the nursery style and decor. It should also be durable to grow with the baby while providing enough storage space for essential baby items.
Choosing a Rocker/Glider
You will spend most of your time on a rocking chair while in the nursery. It allows you to rock your baby to sleep, feed the baby, or read bedtime stories. The rocking chair should be comfortable and have a smooth rocking mechanism and lock to avoid sudden movements that could jeopardize your safety.
Step 8: Choose The Nursery Lights
Lighting is an essential element when designing a nursery. Consider soft lights that will not overstimulate the baby’s eyes. In addition, avoid halogens and exposed bulbs but choose dim or diffused light bulbs for the nursery. Consider installing a dimmer to control lighting and allow the baby to sleep. It’s also handy for late-night feeding and diaper changes to avoid waking the baby.
Although natural light is great for the nursery, too much of it can cause overheating and increase the risks of sudden infant death syndrome(SIDs). Thus, consider window treatment with blackout curtains to control light and make the nursery more conducive for sleep.
Step 9: Nursery Storage
A nursery has many storage needs for clothes, blankets, diapers, toys, etc. Although a dresser may seem enough for storing these items, you may need additional storage spaces in baskets, shelves, or built-in closets. Ensure to create enough storage spaces when designing a nursery to make it easy to access these items when caring for a baby.
Step 10: Add a Personal Touch
Finally, add a personal touch to the nursery by adding family photos or heirlooms. You can take this chance to create a sense of family by bringing something that has been passed to generations, like a painting or photo, to preserve family memories.
Designing a nursery can be exciting for new parents, but can also be overwhelming with so many options. But it doesn’t have to be. Using our ten-step guide will help you design a beautiful and functional nursery to provide a safe space to care for your little bundle of joy on the way.
Olivia Park is the founder of gameonmommy.com. A marketer by profession, Olivia’s passion for writing lead her to create gameonmommy, an attempt to bring together exhaustive and holistic information on motherhood to help mothers-to-be and new parents. When not working, Olivia enjoys horsing around with her six-year-old son, traveling, or watching courtroom dramas on Netflix.