Did you know that the average newborn sleeps 14 to 17 hours a day? Even when your baby is a little older, between 4 and 11 months, they still need anywhere from 12 to 15 hours in a 24-hour period. That’s a lot of sleep – and a lot of time in the nursery.
All parents want to create the perfect nursery for their baby – soothing but stimulating, adorable but functional, well organized but cheerful. If you’re looking for nursery ideas to help you set up an amazing space for the newest member of your family, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Color Comes First
Before jumping into furniture shopping or picking out cute toys to arrange around your child’s room, you need to decide on a color scheme. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to work tirelessly finding items in the exact same shade of dusty pink, but having a palette in mind to work from is never a bad idea.
If you’re stuck, grey is a great place to start, as the neutral color goes with pretty much anything. For instance, grey walls allow for pops of color in the furniture and decor without making the room appear too busy.
2. Have Fun with Furniture
Okay, you’ve picked out a color (or colors), it’s time to move on to furniture. Choosing the right crib, changing table, and rocking chair can be a daunting task, but don’t let it overwhelm you. While picking your palette, you probably had some ideas regarding the theme. What type of space are you hoping to create? Whimsical? Ultra-modern? Vintage?
There are sets of nursery furniture available in practically every style you could imagine. Purchasing one can certainly help to give the room a cohesive appearance, but if you’re on the market for a more eclectic vibe, taking pieces from different sets, or even looking in thrift or consignment stores is the route to go to make your bohemian dreams a reality.
3. Delightful Decor
You have the furniture, you’re ready to add some accents. Decoration increases the personality of any room, and nursery decor is especially fun to shop for because so much of it is downright swoon-worthy.
Jazz up your baby’s room with paintings, rugs, wall hangings, a special light fixture, or even an airy canopy to hang above the crib. One decor item that may not have immediately jumped to your mind is an indoor plant. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they also carry many benefits for your baby, such as better sleep, higher air quality, and lower risk of illness.
4. DIY Nursery Ideas
There are tons of ways to add a personal touch to your nursery, even if you aren’t particularly artistic. With a ruler and some paint, you can create lovely geometric paintings to arrange around the room. Crafting a garland for the wall or mobile to place above the crib can easily be done with a few simple materials such as yarn, felt, and a hot glue gun. No needlework or knitting classes required!
5. Toys and Activities
Lastly, you’ll want to bring in a few toys and activities for baby. Although they won’t be much use right away, your baby will be big enough to play before you know it, and it’s never too early to learn, especially if they’re having fun while they do it. Baby walkers, for example, are an excellent choice for both entertainment and stimulation. You can find a guide to the best baby walkers on the market here.
While it’s easy to get carried away, be sure to remain selective of the items you put in the nursery, the last thing you want is a hectic, overcrowded mess. A few cuddly stuffed animals, some books, and a nurturing activity or two should be enough to get you started.
Make Martha Proud
Now that you’re absolutely teeming with nursery ideas, you can channel your inner Martha Stewart and begin crafting the perfect space for your baby!
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