A nursery is one of the most special places in your home, where you will start to build memories with your little one. It is important that this space is both beautiful and practical, as it will become your sanctuary for your baby’s early years. In this post, we’ll be sharing our tips and ideas to help you create the perfect baby’s nursery for your little one.
Consider space and layout
It’s essential to consider the layout of the room when arranging furniture. Make sure the cot is away from direct sunlight, drafts, and other hazards like windows, cords or plugs. Position it against a solid wall and away from windows and make sure there is space for you to move around the cot comfortably.
If the room is small, you should choose only the necessary furniture pieces and arrange the furniture in a way that optimizes space. A large rug could visually open up the space in the room and make it appear more inviting. On the other hand, if you have a large room, arrange the furniture in a way that creates different zones for different activities such as sleeping, feeding and playing.
Invest in good furniture
Investing in quality is essential when creating your baby’s nursery. You want items that are durable and sturdy as well as safe, for your baby. Choose a cot that will grow with your child, converting into a toddler bed when they’re big enough. A changing table with ample storage space is also a great choice.
Newborns feed frequently during the night, making it essential to have a comfortable chair nearby for those exhausting late-night feeds. Whether you opt for a cosy armchair or a rocking chair, it’s important to choose a seat that offers support and comfort to make feeding more manageable and to create a cosy atmosphere that you will love spending time in. A small table for water bottle, burp cloths, and of course, snacks is a welcome must-have.
Opt for soft, soothing atmosphere
After nine months in the comfort of their mother’s womb, bright colours and bold patterns may overstimulate babies, so when it comes to decorating nursery walls, consider soft and calming colours such as pastels, muted blues or greens and creamy whites.
Another factor that comes into play is the chemical, melatonin, which regulates the sleep-wake cycle in newborns. It is induced by darkness and inhibited by light, which is why newborns prefer low light levels, their eyes not yet capable of adjusting to bright lights. To help them cope, use multiple sources of lighting in a nursery like ambient, task and accent lighting to create a cosy, inviting space. Bedside lamps, nightlights or a dimmer switch on the ceiling light are ideal.
Plenty of storage
As your baby grows, they’re going to accumulate more things that need to be organised whether it’s clothes, nappies and toys, so planning for ample storage in your design is a must.
Consider storage baskets, bookcases and shelves to help organize your baby’s nursery essentials and keep the space clutter-free.
You can also save space by choosing furniture that serves multiple purposes. For example, a dresser that doubles as a changing table saves valuable floor space, and wall-mounted cabinets and shelves also maximize storage capacity.
Choose a theme for your baby’s nursery
The theme will set the tone for the entire room and guide your design choices. Choose something that is both timeless and meaningful to you and your little one. Some popular themes include animals, nature, and fairy tales, but feel free to let your creativity run wild. Once you’ve decided on your theme, pick a colour palette that complements it and add decorative touches to personalize the space, like wall art, curtains, and rugs.
Every family is unique, and your nursery should reflect your personality and parenting style while providing a comforting and safe space for your baby. By taking time to consider all these elements, you can create a cosy and functional space where you and your baby can spend precious moments together. Discover our new range of handcrafted nursery and accessories at: www.cotswoldco.com.