Designing a nursery doesn’t have to be a complicated and daunting process. Whether you’re expecting a baby or you’re helping a loved one ready their home for the arrival of a new human, designing a nursery can be quite fun! The most important thing to remember before you start picking out baby decor or painting the walls, is the fact that this space is meant to be a happy place. The nursery is where you will hold your little one at night before they fall asleep, and it is where you will spend some of your most intimate moments with your newborn. In this blog, we’ll look at a few important tips to remember as you start to devise your nursery plan.
The Baby Crib
While many new parents think their newborn will only spend a few months in their crib, the reality is that children can spend up to three years in a crib. Before you choose the first crib you see at the department store, make sure the crib meets all US Safety Standards. When it comes to your newborn, you don’t want to buy repurposed or vintage cribs, as they can be very unsafe. With safety standards evolving over the last decade, it’s critical to give your baby a quality crib that will last for years to come.
Some cribs on the market convert to toddler beds and even full-sized beds. If you’re concerned about your child rolling off of these beds in the middle of the night, you may want to invest in a toddler rail. These are a great solution for babies that start climbing out of cribs early.
The Changing Table
There’s no way around it: babies come with dirty diapers. The only way to make the diaper-changing experience a pleasant one, is to ensure you have all the essentials close at hand. This is where your baby changing table comes into play. While you may not be looking forward to this part of parenting, investing in a quality changing table will help you turn that dull guest room into a full-fledged nursery. A few things to consider for your baby changing table are:
- If you don’t have room for a free-standing changing table, you can get a changing pad that can be added to the top of any dresser.
- If you do have room for a free-standing changing table, make sure to invest in one that has a life beyond your baby staying a baby. Can you repurpose the changing table down the line and turn it into a toy storage? How about a bookcase?
- Use bins or dresser drawers to store any diapering related items like wipes, ointments, and lotions.
- Be sure to keep baby toys near the changing table so your little one has something to play with while you take care of the dirty deed.
Another aspect of your child’s nursery to think about are the window coverings. Any new parent will tell you that light control is their main concern when it comes to choosing window treatments for their nursery. While young children need a good amount of sleep every day, have you ever wondered how many hours of shut-eye your little angel actually needs?
In 2015, a panel of six sleep experts and 12 other medical professionals came together to revise the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) sleep recommendations. The panel conducted a formal literature review, making a point to focus on the body of research surrounding sleep duration between the years of 2004 and 2014. From those 312 articles, the panel determined that newborns (0-3 months) require 14 to 17 hours of sleep, infants (4-11 months) require around 12 to 15 hours of sleep, and toddlers (1-2 years) require 11 to 14 hours of sleep.
At Arjay’s Window Fashions in Los Angeles, we’ve helped hundreds of young families find and install the perfect window coverings in their nursery. Most importantly, we offer a wonderful array of child safety solutions to ensure your child does not become entangled in window covering cords.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), window cord strangulations are one of the top hidden hazards of the home. From 2006 to 2012, approximately 1,590 children between the ages of 14 months and eight years old suffered injuries that resulted from entanglements on window covering cords. “As a result of industry innovation, consumers have more choices than ever to purchase cordless products or those with inaccessible cords,” says Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) Executive Director, Peter Rush. “Parents with young children should replace their corded window coverings with the many cordless products available in different styles, colors, and sizes.”
The Nursery Chair
The nursery chair you choose for your baby’s room is very important. As a new mom, you’ll want a comfortable place to sit as you read to your baby, breastfeed your baby, and sing your little one to sleep. Many new moms opt for a rocking chair or glider for their nursery room. The movement of these chairs will help to lull your baby to sleep, which can be a real blessing for those late night feedings. Choose a rocking chair that has arm rests, as well as one that is roomy enough for you and your baby to cuddle.
Once you have a handle on the functional pieces of your nursery, you can start decorating the space how you please. A couple things to keep in mind are:
- If your nursery currently has wood floors, opt for a plush wool or shag rug. This will help to cushion your little one as they start to sit, crawl, roll, and walk. If you decide to go for a shag rug, make sure you get one that features a short pile. Long pile shag rugs can pose a choking hazard to young children.
- Choose a rug that will be fairly easy for you to clean. Wool rugs can take a real beating and still clean up easily. Some cotton rugs can be machine washed, but it’s always best to look at the tag for proper cleaning instructions.
Arjay’s Window Fashions in Los Angeles
We hope that this article helps you as you start to design and organize your nursery. If you live in the Los Angeles area and you’re in need of a professional window covering expert, look no further than Arjay’s Window Fashions. We’ve been serving Southern California since 1975, and we’ll work with you one-on-one to ensure your window covering project meets your needs and budget. Whether you’re interested in installing shutters, blinds, shades, or drapes, our experts are here to help. Contact us to schedule your complimentary appointment!