10 Things To Consider When Preparing Your Baby's Room

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Preparing for your little one to be born is an exciting journey but is also bound to bring some stress with it. To reduce the stress, try and get things ready as far in advance as everything you prepare, is one less thing to think about after the baby is born (After all, this is when you have to start thinking about thinking like looking at newborn bathing guide, getting more sleep or capturing all the best moments on camera). To help prepare you for your baby, I have put together a guide of 10 things to consider when preparing your baby’s room. Look through the different steps and choose the ones which are best for you. Even the smallest of changes can make the biggest of differences.

Paint

The color of the paint that you are going to use in your baby's new room, will help decide other interior factors, like what furniture to pick. If you are going to find out what sex your baby is before you are born, you can be more flexible with the colors you are choosing. If you decide against finding out the gender, then make sure you paint the room in a neutral color, this way it doesn’t matter if you have a boy or girl. For inspiration on baby rooms, make sure you take a look at Pinterest or Instagram and see how others are decorating your rooms. One tip is to try and get the new room painted as far in advance as possible. The last thing you will want is the strong smell of paint when your baby is trying to get to sleep in that room.

Flooring

If you have the budget and are aiming to completely redo your baby’s room, then flooring should definitely be considered. Do you have an idea of what type of flooring you will opt for? Laminate or carpet maybe? Both have their benefits so you won’t go too wrong in picking either of them. Carpets allow you to be a bit more creative in the room adding bright colorful colors, whereas wooden flooring tends to be more neutral and potentially less in your face. When it comes to the costs, they both come out similar, allowing you the flexibility of deciding which one is best for the room and the overall feel of your property.

Will You Be Decorating the Ceiling?

When you think about it carefully, a baby spends most of the time on their back looking up to the ceiling. Working on those lines, this opens the door to you being able to decorate the ceiling to help bring a relaxing feel for your newborn. If you are going with a theme for the room, then link the ceiling with this theme. If there isn’t a theme, then consider choosing a soothing color that when your baby looks at it, it makes them feel at ease. If you don’t fancy painting the ceiling in a pattern, that's also ok, a fresh lick of paint of the same color will just make the room look fresher.

Add Some Art To The Wall

When walking into the room, are there a lot of blank spaces on the wall? If yes, then hanging some art of photos to break up the white space could be a great idea. If you have any photos of you being pregnant, why not get those printed and put on the wall? If you prefer not to have any photos of you, then why not clear a space that you can add photos of your baby to when he or her is born. Alternatively, why not look at some baby friendly artwork that will add some color to the room. You can get some really nice designs that will have another dynamic to the room.

Make Sure You Have Some Storage Options

When you have a newborn, you are always surprised at just how much stuff they have, need and require. The amount of items that you have to get slowly adds up, and most of the time you get stuck in where to put them. When choosing your furniture or setting up the room, try and fit some storage solutions that you can keep things in. Don’t overdo the storage so that it affects the overall look of the room, instead be savvy. Create places where you can store things without people knowing it’s a storage solution and without making the room look messy. Baskets and shelving units can always be a great help and don’t cost a lot to purchase or install, and in most cases you can install them yourself.

Wash All Your Babies Clothes

Before your little one is born, try and wash all their newly bought clothes and prepare them in the room. Not only will this make them cleaner, remove all the germs from the shop and add your own smell to them. It will also get you excited about your new one arriving and having you counting down the days as you fold them up and put them away. By washing the clothes, you can also refresh your mind at what you have and purchase anything that is missing. You will never have too many baby clothes, and you will often find that friends and family members will buy them as a present as well.

Choosing Your Furniture

One of the most important things when getting your baby’s room sorted, is the furniture. This is the most exciting bit, choosing the cot, wardrobes, baby bedside sleeper and any other furniture piece that you want in the room. Try and do this and give yourself enough time for it to be ordered and delivered well in advance of your newborn arriving. This will allow you some leeway to set it up, move it around and send it back if you don’t like it. If you don’t want to spend a lot on furniture, you can always ask your friends or family members if they have anything left over from when they had a baby. Often you will find as your baby grows, you’ll be giving away a lot of things.

Curtains or Blinds?

Anytime during the day your newborn may need a sleep and to be put in his or her cot. This could be during the day, when the sun is bright and shining through the window. The last thing you want is the sun beaming into the room keeping your little one up. To avoid this, make sure you have purchased some blinds or curtains that completely block out the light in that room. Not only that but you don’t want your baby overheating, which black out curtains or blinds are both very good at stopping. When it comes to deciding which to go for, they both have their pros and cons, what it comes down to is preference and which one you think will look best in the room.

Rug’s Instead Of New Flooring

If you don’t want to spend the money on new flooring, choosing a rug could be an alternative option. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes, allowing them to fit perfectly in any baby’s room. You can easily match the color and texture of your rug to the décor of the room and it doesn’t matter as much if something is spilt or damage is caused to it. If you have enough storage space, you can always purchase a couple of rugs and swap them around every couple of months to add a different feel to the room. There are so many different styles of rugs that you can always find one to suit any type of room.

Lighting

The lighting of your room is very important as you will be up at all times of the day to look after your newborn. The type of lights you use in the room will have a big impact on the overall feel of the interior. LED lighting and smart bulbs are a good option to go for as you can control them on your phone and set the colors that they show. This can help stop the lights from being too bright in the room when you are trying to put him or her to sleep. Also, LED lighting is more energy efficient and can last longer than your conventional bulbs.

Overall, there is plenty to think about when planning your newborns room. Try to plan your changes as far in advance as possible to reduce the amount of stress it brings. That said, also take your time and plan it out properly, you don’t want to rush choosing and putting the room together. You don’t have to spend a lot if you don’t want to, even the smallest of changes will make the room perfect for your little one.

What plans have you put in place for your baby’s room? Have you thought about any of the above? Let me know in the comment box below, I would love to hear from you.

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