Andrea helps people design their homes and gardens. She likes to use Western Astrology and the Chinese Zodiac to help build templates.
Designing Your Baby's Room
One of the more fun parts of pregnancy is getting to play the part of interior designer. Doctors' appointments can be uncomfortable and getting sick from eating your favorite food is no fun. Planning out your future kid's nursery can get you excited about parenthood. Also, if you're raising the child with a partner, this can be a good bonding experience.
The following article will tell you what you need in your baby's room. I've also listed a price chart, so you have an idea of how much this is all going to cost you.
Keep in mind, that the nursery is a place where your baby sleeps, plays, eats, and uses the bathroom. Frankly, they do those things everywhere. It's best if you can help them designate where they sleep, eat, and poop. . . even if they'll do what they want until they get a better handle of these things.
Any cleaning supplies you have in your home should be locked up and out of reach of the infant.
The following list is organized by the least expensive item to the most expensive item.
Cost of Items for Baby's Room
Painting the Room
Wallpaper Entire Room
1. Crib Mobile
A crib mobile is a classic toy for babies. It's out of reach, but its movement, shapes, and colors entertain the baby when they're awake in their crib. It's said to stimulate creativity.
It's a good idea to remove this item when your baby can get on their hands and knees. You don't want your baby reaching toward the mobile or ripping it apart.
Blackout curtains could make all the difference in your life. Newborns sleep a lot, but they also sleep intermittently. You'll be waking up and going back to sleep a lot too. Pregnant moms to be might already be used to getting up and going back to bed because you have to take a lot more bathroom breaks when you're pregnant. You also toss and turn a lot more throughout the night. Your partner might not be as used to sleep disturbances.
Blackout curtains can limit how much light gets into the room, which can help your newborn to fall asleep. You want their room to encourage sleep, not get them too excited and stimulated. Of course, toys are a great idea in the nursery, but I would suggest having the bulk of their toys somewhere else, like the living room.
You want the nursey to promote restfulness, so put more attention on making the room comfortable for sleep. I have a few tips in this article on how you can do that.
3. Dim Lighting
When it comes to getting a baby to fall asleep, having dim lighting can do wonders. You may also appreciate dim lighting when you're half asleep in the middle of the night having to change the baby and/or feed them. You can get dimmer switches for lamps. It might also be smart to replace the room's light switch with a dimmer.
Definitely avoid bright lighting in the nursery. For stimulation, it's better to take your baby into other parts of the house, like the living room or kitchen. When they get older, babies appreciate colors and fun patterns.
4. Diaper Pail
Don't forget, you need a designated spot to throw away the diapers. You're constantly going to be changing your baby. Don't leave diapers in the pail for too long. You're continually going to be making trips to your outdoor trash can. The cleaner and better your baby's nursery smells, the happier you and your baby will be.
Ideally, place the crib and changing table on opposite sides of the room. The diaper pail, of course, should be next to the changing table.
5. Soft, Easy-to-Clean-Rug
It's nice to have a rug in the baby's room even if there already is a carpet. In case of any spills, vomit, pee, or poop, you want something that's easy to clean. A wet vac is a great cleaning tool to have in your home if you have kids or pets. It can help your carpets stay fresh and stain-free.
A rug can also help bring a nursery room together. A rug can make the theme of the nursery come alive.
Here's why a mini-fridge is a great idea: It makes life easier when nursing your newborn. Maybe the distance from your baby's room to the kitchen is rather big. You might not want to wake up in the middle of the night and have to first make a trip to the kitchen and then the baby's room. Do you have to go downstairs to go to the fridge and then back upstairs to get to the baby? Don't do that to yourself.
It would be easier to put a mini-fridge either in the nursery or on the way to it to grab milk.
It's also nice when you don't have to worry about breast milk taking up lots of space in your main fridge. Mini-fridges are generally pretty cheap. This is also an item you can use well beyond your child's baby stage.
7. Paint or Wallpaper
When it comes to selecting the right color for your baby's room, go light. Pale colors are calming; vivid colors are exciting. Yellow is considered one of the worst colors to paint a baby's room. The color tends to upset them and cause more temper tantrums. No parent wants their child to have more temper tantrums.
Blue and pink are popular colors, but I would suggest opting for a light shade. Green and purple are also common colors for nurseries. I don't recommend brown as it will remind you of gross things, so for your own mental well-being. . . skip browns in the baby room.
White is another great color in the baby's room. It's a clean color and pretty unoffensive. Vibrant colors tend to promote energy, whereas soft and faded colors make a room more relaxed.
I love the idea of blue walls with white clouds. A friend of mine had light gray walls, and they painted flowers on one wall to make an accent wall.
Wallpaper is common in nurseries; however, remember your little one will only be little for so long. It can be fun to put up wallpaper that has lots of cute zoo animals, but your kid will likely eventually grow out of it and want something new.
It's safer to add art to your walls of cute animals. You can take this stuff down when it's no longer wanted.
I also think it's a good idea to paint the baby's room a light color that's unoffensive because it's easy to paint over if the child's interests change. Let's be honest: Your child's interests are going to change.
Important: If you are pregnant or nursing, you shouldn't do any of the painting. Let your partner or other family members and/or friends do this work for you. I recommend leaving the house and going somewhere while the painting happens. Make sure your home is well-ventilated. Leave windows open, use fans, and get the bad smells of paint out of your home.
As an expecting parent, you don't want to be around harsh chemicals like the ones that come from paint. It could make you or your developing baby sick.
8. Baby Swing or Bouncer
This is a go to place for your baby. They may even sleep in it from time to time. They like the movement they get from it. Occasionally, this item is your best ally when trying to get your baby to finally sleep.
You don't necessarily need a giant shelf for storing your baby's books. A small hanging shelf can do the trick. This is also a good place to store stuffed animals and toys.
Heck, when your baby is young and you're just trying to put them to sleep or nurse them, you might want some reading material for yourself. Skip the cute kid stuff and hide Stephen King novels in the nursery. They can't read it yet! You can always turn books to have pages pointed out if you don't want to mess with the aesthetics of the room.
10. Comfy Chair
You need a comfy chair for yourself. It'll be a good spot to feed the baby, read to them, and just sit there and relax. Rocking chairs are great because babies love movement. My suggestion: Find something comfortable that you love. A footrest is a great idea too.
You don't necessarily need to buy a new chair. You might look around your home and find something that's already suitable.
11. Crib or Bassinet
One of the most obvious things that your baby is going to need is a crib or bassinet. Your baby needs a designated place where they can sleep and be comfortable. These aren't things I would buy used. It might be tempting to cut on the cost here, but a crib is something you should buy new.
You want to make sure the crib is in excellent condition and hasn't had any wear and tear. When you buy it used, you might not notice something that's off. It's also a good idea to buy it new and have the instructions and warranty for it.
Some cribs will convert into a toddler bed. These are usually more expensive. Bassinets are generally less expensive than cribs; however, your little one will grow out of the bassinet and into a crib.
Here is what you need for a crib:
- You want about 1-3 washable crib pads. You're constantly going to be changing and cleaning your baby's room. It can get really stinky if you're not on top of cleaning.
- You need a firm, flat mattress that fits in the crib. Do not add lots of random things into their crib. These can be choking hazards. If you have a cat, always make sure they're not in the baby's room where it could accidentally suffocate your baby.
- I recommend about 2-5 fitted crib sheets.
It's a good idea to have a dresser in your baby's room, even if you have a closet with lots of space. I do like the idea of a combined changing table and dresser. You can store diapers in the dresser. It's a good place to store other items as well, like breast pumps and pacifiers.
A dresser is also one of those items you can keep beyond your child's baby years. I recommend buying one that will be evergreen, as in it will make sense for them when they're a baby, toddler, child, and maybe even teen.
13. Changing Table
I know some parents eventually ditch the changing table because their baby gets too squirmy on it. The changing table acts as a diaper changing station where you can easily get new diapers, wipe down the baby, and put on new clothes.
You want a changing table that works for the primary caregiver's height. Rails around the changing table are a good idea.
Some changing tables are combined with a dresser; this could save space in your nursery. You need a comfy pad for the changing table.
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