Planning your baby’s room is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and magical moments during your pregnancy. After all, thinking about furniture, the color you’ll paint the walls, and decor details and toys is, in reality, living a dream. Very soon, your baby will be in there, in deep, peaceful sleep in a crib bought with love, or smiling and letting out little cries of joy while you dress her or him up for a walk outside over the perfect changing table that took you forever to find.
It’s not necessary, however, to spend boatloads of money while you’re “nesting.” And, even less so should you worry about the size of the bedroom. With some creativity and organization, you can turn any room into a beautiful and cozy space for your little one.
BabyHome put together some suggestions for this delightful mission:
1) Inspiration and adaptation
A tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t peruse through magazines, decor apps, Instagram, or Pinterest for references. Take these ideas and adapt them to your reality. You can make or buy simple stencils to paint details on the walls (clouds, stars, hearts), choose a wall decal or go for the geometric wall using tapes, and any of those options could work as great and cheaper wallpaper alternative.
2) Research and compare
Do your homework when it comes to price as the cost of things tends to vary a lot. Don’t forget to look at the products in person to check the quality and dimensions of products for yourself.
3) Plan your purchases delivery dates well
Plan ahead so you can look at everything calmly and well in advance. Many stores will request at least a time window to deliver most decoration items. This advice extends if you decide to go with custom-made furniture by certified carpenters. With tranquility and planning, you won’t need to worry during the third trimester, when you’ll finally get a chance to rest and get ready to deliver your little one.
The ideal environment for a newborn should get a lot of natural light, be well-ventilated, and not too humid. At night, the bedroom should have dim or indirect lighting from a lamp or a dimmer. The baby’s room has to be functional and have enough space for people to circulate in.
It’s best to paint the walls with acrylic paint, which is more resistant, and in pastel colors, which will bring tranquility to the baby. Wallpapers and decals with lighter colors are also a good idea.some suggestions for this delightful mission:
6) Curtains and flooring
Safety first is the rule when choosing anything for your baby´s room, and it can´t be any different when picking curtains. Place the crib away from drapes to make sure your little one won’t be able to reach out and pull them down, causing an accident. Make sure curtains are installed securely and opt for clean styles with no beads, cords, or ribbons.
Avoid placing unnecessary rugs or choosing shades that can easily accumulate dust. For the same reason, don’t crowd the room with too many stuffed animals.
The basic pieces of furniture that should make up the baby’s room are a crib, a dresser (one where you can place a sturdy changing station on top), and a wardrobe if you don’t have enough space in a closet (babies are small but need a lot of clothing since they need changing many times a day). A nursing chair or an armchair that allows you to feed your baby comfortably is recommended. Remember, you can also use your own bed for that – especially during the first few postpartum days – or the couch without any problems. Remember: kids’ bedrooms need to be well-ventilated and easy to clean.
Before going shopping, take measurements of the room, don’t forget to measure walls and windows, and consider the space needed to open closet doors and drawers.
9) 3 in 1 e 2 in 1
Look into the possibility of a versatile crib. Some models can include a baby changing table and some drawers. Others can transition into a twin bed, a twin bed with a spare bed underneath, and even desks.
As you look at dressers, keep in mind that those little baby clothes that now only take up very little space will be gone in a couple of months. In time, you’ll need to accommodate bigger clothes with more volume. Drawers should also double as a space to store diapers, nappies, towels, etc. If there aren’t any dividers already built-in, opt for small organizing boxes. Make sure to check for safety features on the baby changing station. Also, consider the additional hygiene items you’ll need to make space for – baby wipes, cotton balls, rash cream – all of those should be kept within close proximity of your changing space area.
11) Nursing chair
When deciding to go with a nursing chair or armchair that is comfortable enough for hours of feeding the little one, you’ll want to choose a stain-resistant, easy-to-clean fabric such as synthetic or natural leather. The armchair you pick should be covered in a material that’s easy to clean. An important tip: consider choosing a neutral color so you can repurpose the chair elsewhere in your home in the future.
12) Side table
If possible, find a corner in the room where you can have a lamp and enough space to fit a cup of water for you to drink while you breastfeed, a baby bottle, and even a small Bluetooth speaker to play some of your favorite songs while you nourish your baby. A small bookshelf can be very functional and also double as a side table.
13) Mosquito net
If you live in a place where you have to deal with mosquitos, you must remember that when buying a crib, ensure it has the proper fixture for a mosquito net – if there’s none, there are companies specialized in mosquito nets, and they can help. And remember to choose a material that is easy to wash.
Make sure to ask if the crib you’re buying comes with a mattress. Don’t forget to include a weatherproof cover for the mattress. It’s worth noting: small babies should not sleep covered in thick throws, blankets, or comforters, which can elevate their body temperature and suffocate them. The best course of action is to let the baby’s body warm itself up clothing them properly and cover the child only with a thin, softcover, and make sure to cover the mattress with a cotton sheet. Pillows are not necessary.
15) Crib bedding sets
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the Brazilian Pediatric Society, recommend babies sleep in a safe surface like a crib with no soft bedding or loose objects to avoid risks of suffocation (no pillows or toys in the crib). Not only can those objects cause suffocation, but your child can also climb on them and might fall off the crib.
16) Hospital door hanger
If you’re planning on ordering an ornament to hang on the maternity ward door as well as favors for those visiting you and your baby there, think of a theme that matches your baby’s room – afterward, you can just include the ornament into the room’s decor.
17) Baby toiletries and care kit
You don’t have to get store-bought caddies to organize your baby´s toiletries and diaper changing necessities. Think about repurposing an old tray, glass or porcelain jars, and even little boxes to set up a personalized and exclusive kit for your baby’s room.
18) Painting and pictures
Old pictures, engravings, prints, pieces of cloth, and perhaps even an old drawing of yours could be framed and placed around the baby’s room.
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