For every mother, changing baby diapers and cleaning the mess is a common, day to day experience. This means there will be a lot of moments spent at your baby nursery station and thus the need to keep it clean, comfortable and attractive to the baby. The baby nursery should at least be decorated a few weeks before the arrival of the baby and this will help eliminate any harmful elements that could affect the health of your baby.
Before you start the decoration process, it will be good to first of all figure out how you want different items to appear and where you would like to locate them including the crib, baby changing table, the dresser and others as well. As you do this, it is also important to make sure that you have sufficient storage space for your kid’s toys, clothes and other items likely to occupy the space and make the room look messy or small.
You should also ensure that all the nursery essentials are in place including your seating place such as an armchair, rocking chair or window seat to help you when you need to breastfeed or just snooze with your little one in your arms. That said, below are some essential decorating tips for a functional baby nursery:
Lighting is very important for the baby nursery and you should make sure to install the right kind of bulbs for the different needs. For starters, you can have a dimmer switch installed to help reduce the amount of light to the desirable levels.
Too bright lights are not appropriate for the baby especially when you have to wake them up to breastfeed. If you are not in a position to install a good dimmer switch, just have a good and stable table lamp set up for use when necessary. You can also install beautiful blinds, window treatments or curtains designed using a very thick material.
Walls and ceiling
As part of baby nursery station decoration, walls and ceiling plays a very important role. You can opt to paint the walls with gender related colors depending on whether the room is for a boy or a girl.
However, the ground rule of thumb is to have the room painted with pastel and neutral shades as these will work for both. There are multiple colors to pick from ranging from beautiful purple to classic pink to green to blue or even beige. You may also introduce some bold patterns such as stripes, polka dots, or floral among others.
Your baby changing room furniture should both be decorative and functional. Although this might be a bit expensive in some cases, you will appreciate the many benefits of having functional furniture in the changing nursery.
A changing table is one of the essentials you might need to invest in and this could come with drawers thus serving different purposes. As you invest in furniture, make sure to look for something that will outlive the baby and be useful afterwards. A swivel glider chair is another one that you can use for nursing purpose and as a regular furniture.
Have the right changing pad
A good changing pad is an absolute necessity when you have a baby changing table. The right pad should be able to fit perfectly on the table without hanging over or leaving uncovered space. Some pads can fit in different types of changing tables and come with safety features which you’ll find very helpful in keeping your baby safe.
You can look for one that has a non-skid bottom and a security strap which helps attach to the furniture. Additionally, you should protect the pad using a changing pad cover of the best quality.
Your best changing pad covers should be waterproof and should allow you to wide any mess easily without giving you stress. You can learn more about the things to look for in a changing pad cover in order to get the best quality product. However, it’s good to get a pad cover that’s wash-machine friendly and also soft for your baby’s comfort.
Carpets are nice looking but could also be the worst option when it comes to a baby changing nursery. Instead of using a carpet, a natural floor will be a good option as this makes it easy to clean at any given time. Carpets have a way of retaining dust and this could affect your baby with time thus making it the wrong option to use.
You can use cork or wood and maybe add some small rugs to cover different spaces but this is not a necessity. To avoid slippage of the small rugs, consider attaching them to the floor using something such as a two-sided tape.
When decorating your baby’s changing nursery, safety should be an important concern for you. It is good to consider a few things especially when it comes to furniture and specifically avoid those with sharp corners. It is also important to avoid things such as sticking out cords as these could be risky for both you and the baby.
As much as it is possible, make sure the furniture is adhered to the walls to prevent against falling. The baby changing nursery should be more than a place where your child sleeps, changes clothes and plays and instead make it more of a haven for them since this is where most of their time will be spent during those early months.