How to Set Up a Nursery
Preparing a nursery for a newborn is such an exciting time! You may be wondering which room you want to use to set things up in, imagining all the possibilities for your new arrival’s space. While you might want the nursery to be cute, you also want to consider comfort and convenience for both you and your baby. Keep reading for setup ideas that will help you get your baby’s space ready just in time for their arrival!
Planning the Layout
The layout for your nursery depends on a few factors, such as the size and configuration of the room and, most importantly, how you want to incorporate your own personal style. Consider the available space and the type of furniture that you like best, such as painted or stained wood nursery furniture. When you’re thinking about the layout, consider how you’ll fit in the furniture so it’s both comfortable and convenient. For example, you might want to be able to move easily from the rocking chair to the crib so your baby stays asleep.
Where Will the Baby Sleep?
Because babies spend a lot of time in their cribs, it’s usually the first piece of furniture that expectant parents look for. Plus, there are so many options available! When the baby is still very small, some people prefer to start off with a cradle or bassinet before graduating to a full-size crib. However, others prefer to use a crib right off the bat. It’s completely up to you! Cribs are often available painted and in many different shapes, including rectangular, oval and round. Convertible cribs start off as a baby crib and then convert to a bed to grow with your toddler.
Along with the crib, you can have plenty of fun picking out other furniture, such as dressers, changing tables and night tables. These can match the color of the crib – or not! Available space is an important factor when selecting additional nursery furniture. Larger rooms have space for a dresser and a changing table, but a combination dresser and changing table is a smart option for a smaller room.
Storage is a common challenge for new parents, who are often amazed at just how much stuff they need for one little baby. For this reason, you may want to consider including additional pieces for storing your baby’s belongings, such as bookcases. Wall units come in many different configurations with shelves, cabinets, and baskets to hold and organize everything your baby might need. They’re available in many sizes and colors to suit every room, so you can make the most of your space and have it look great, too.
It’s a good idea to have a comfortable place to rock your baby. In addition to style, you can also consider comfort when you choose this furniture. Think about rockers, swivel rockers and gliders. You can use them alone or with a matching ottoman to put your feet up and hold your newborn comfortably.
Choosing a Color Scheme
In addition to selecting the furniture and layout for your nursery, what colors are you thinking about for the room and nursery bedding? There are so many fun ways to approach this. Some people begin by choosing a color scheme, while others find a nursery bedding set that they love and select paint colors based on that. If you have a definite color palette in mind, you may want to get some paint swatches and use them as a reference while you’re shopping for nursery bedding and decor.
Nursery Bedding Sets
Consider whether you want a room that’s gender specific or gender neutral. A neutral design is great if you don’t know the baby’s gender yet or you want a nursery that you can use for any future siblings. Think about nursery bedding sets in light grays, purples and greens, or choose an animal theme to bring in fun critters that both boys and girls love.