Thursday, October 31, 2013

Designing a baby’s room

Not a lot of people invest in the design of a baby's room, as it may prove to be impractical since babies grow so fast. But if you have the extra budget, choosing to design your baby's room can be worth every cent.

Deciding on the theme and color of the room largely depends on the gender of the child.

Compared to just getting a crib and jamming it right inside your master bedroom, there is definitely value in creating a space just for your baby. You still have your personal space intact, and your baby gets a room that can stimulate his learning, help him sleep tight at night and store all his mini-sized belongings.

Theme and color

Deciding on the theme and color of the room largely depends on the gender of the child. But on the whole, light pastel colors, from light pink and lavender, to powder blue and mint green, are the best hues to create a relaxing environment. If you don't know your baby's gender yet, light yellow or cream are safe choices.

In selecting a theme, go for something that can still be interesting for your child as he grows older. A floral theme for a girl and a nautical theme for a boy are just some of the possible options.

Furniture and storage

If you have extra budget, choosing to design your baby's room can be worth every cent.

Aside from the crib, there is also other furniture you might need in a baby's room. A comfy armchair for breastfeeding or bottle feeding your child is essential. A sofa bed will also come in handy for those nights when you might need to stay in your child's room, perhaps when he's sick or having nightmares. One wide chest of drawers is enough for a baby's closet, since he has small clothes. Its top can also be used to hold baby bottles and other such items.

Accessories and lighting

Think of accessories as ways to stimulate your child's mind. For instance, a colorful mobile hanging over a crib can help his color recognition skills. Don't go overboard with the accessories though, as it might be too stimulating for your baby and make it hard for him to fall asleep. One or two toys inside his crib are enough; you can just add more in when it's playtime.

Think of accessories as ways to stimulate your child's mind.

For built-in lighting, it is best to think of your child's growing-up years. What types of lighting will he need when he gets to school or becomes a teenager? This is to maximize your money's worth over the long run. Electrical renovations are trickier to do, compared to repainting and furniture purchasing. One very important lighting feature in any nursery is the night light. Go for something cute, with dimmers.

Child-proofing

Last but not the least, your baby's lovely nursery should also be able to keep him safe. A definite no-no is putting your child's crib near the window. Window blind cords and curtain tie-backs can pose a danger and should be well out of reach. - Aislinn Kee


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