There's something so uniquely exciting about decorating a nursery. Creating a little world for your baby to love and grow in can feel like a daunting task, but it really doesn't have to be. I often gets lots of positive comments about the nursery I created for my little girls, so thought I would share some handy tips for anyone embarking on this rite of passage for the first time.
As tempting as it was to pick up the brightest pot of pink paint and go crazy on the walls, or paper the entire room with care bear wallpaper as soon as possible, I held back and painted everything a calming grey and chose cream curtains and carpets etc. This means you can change the room according to your child's likes and dislikes really easily and as often as required without too much effort. A care bear fan today may absolutely loathe them tomorrow. With neutral walls you can turn a dinosaur themed room in to a mermaid lagoon super quick with just a change of bedding and accessories. Go neural for your inevitably fickle future child.
You accumulate so much stuff when you have a child that you sometimes feel like you're drowning in it all. Save money and space. Choose decorative items that are also fun to play with, that way you won't be buying unnecessary clutter with only one purpose. Some examples are wooden building blocks, quirky dolls and interesting figurines.
They grow so fast. It's cliche but true. Things we bought or were gifted that were baby specific (e.g. Big wooden letters spelling BABY) were cute but were ultimately thrown out/given away, so I try avoid them when buying for others. I now go for things my girls may well continue to love all their lives like unique wall hangings or dreamcatchers.
If you are able, shelves and cupboards that your little ones can't get to are a really good idea. They have a habit of pulling every single item out of every drawer they can reach, so keeping most items high up will save you a lot of tidying up.
Or a blackout blind. When baby arrives your entire world will revolve around the new holy grail which is sleep. Keeping baby's room consistently dark when it's their bedtime is a small but significant step to achieving that holy grail.
With all this being said, having a baby and decorating a nursery for the first time is so exciting that, really, if you want to paint the entire room bright red and leave everything all over the floor so baby can have a free for all you should just do it your way! Create a room that you love and want to spend time in, and baby will pick up on that and love it too. As parents we can't help but put our stamp on our baby's room and clothes and toys- after all, we only have our taste to go off until our babies grow a little and start developing their own. And if a little bit of you goes in to that room, the baby will love it all the more.
If you've recently decorated a nursery we would love to see it, tag me @april.and.ariel or @mamamebox on Instagram to share your little one's new sanctuary.
Mama Staying Sane