Tips on decorating your baby’s nursery and toddler’s room

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Decorating a kid’s room can be an overwhelming experience. Colours, furniture, wallpaper- so many choices! Here are some easy tips to help you out.

As you start to plan your baby’s nursery, the number of possibilities might seem both exciting and a little daunting. Today the colour and decorating options are endless, as it’s much more common for the style of a nursery to reflect the rest of the home and the parent’s personalities.

Start by thinking about the space you have available for a nursery or a toddler’s room and choosing a colour scheme and style that appeals to you. At the same time, plan for the inevitable with a scheme that can grow with your child. I believe the baby’s room is for adults to enjoy as well. It’s a space baby and parents use together in the first year or two of the child’s life essentially for napping and playtimes during the day.

Here are a few tips on decorating your baby’s nursery and toddler’s room while creating a flexible, long-lasting room for your children.

1. Set the scene:

Practical considerations will be plentiful when planning a nursery. Start by tackling the basic surroundings and safety issues before shifting your focus to decorating.

2. Good ventilation:

Is important for a healthy environment; there should be enough natural light and air flowing in the room so as to make play times more cheerful & bright. At the same time the windows should be treated with black out curtains so as to enable cosy day time naps.

3. Wall Paint:

It is always better to opt for good wall paint; these are available in myriad colours and are especially easy to clean. Avoid using wallpaper as it is difficult to remove and is a real dust magnet.

4. Floor Materials:

Laminate, parquet, tile or stone are better floor coverings choices. Wall to wall carpets are to be strictly avoided as they collect mites and dust which can aggravate allergies and asthama. A compact floor rug or foldable chattai can be thrown in as & when required during playtimes.

5. Baby proofing:

Needs will evolve as your baby gains mobility. Start by getting down on the floor and looking around from their perspective. Anchor furniture, pad any sharp edges, cover electric points, and install safety latches and baby gates wherever needed.

Choosing the right furniture:

All that a baby needs in terms of furniture is a comfortable place to sleep, a nappy changing table and some organised storage units. In India, most of us co-sleep, so welcome your little bundle of joy into your life by integrating a small cot / crib into your bedroom.

1. Cot / Crib:

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While choosing a cot, access and stability are more important than style considerations. Evaluate the cot for its sturdiness, confirm the rail slides up and down quietly and with ease. Look at options that attach to your bed or fit snugly beside it. Always opt for a crib with an adjustable mattress height. Positioning the mattress higher eases picking or laying down an infant. When your baby starts to pull up, lower the mattress. The bars of the crib should not be more than 2 ½ inches apart, it doesn’t have any sharp corners or parts that protrude or come off easily and meet current safety standards. Luckily, furniture manufacturers are creating convertible furniture that will grow with your child. I recommend cribs and mattress available at Mother Care and Mom & Me outlets.

2. Organised storage units:

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The frequency with which a baby must be changed, bathed or dressed can be amusing. Streamline these routines with a well – ordered changing station combined with organised storage for the essentials – nappies and wipes, clothing and accessories, toys and toiletries, etc. If you intend to use the crib for changing than the storage unit should be easily accessible.

3. Rocking / Arm chair:

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The chair is not essentially for the baby but for you to use during feeding times. Opt for a sturdy and comfortable rocking chair or an armchair with a foot stool.

4. Colour scheme:

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Often when people consider which colours to use in a nursery, they think of pastels. But long gone are the days when nurseries could be only soft blues, pinks, greens and yellows. Today, regardless of the sex of the child, consider using soft neutrals to bold, saturated colours. Pick any combination of hues that make you happy, keeping in mind how the colours of large surfaces – the walls, the floor and furniture will interact with each other.

5. Theme or style:

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When choosing the style for a nursery, consider themes or patterns that will last. Animals, stripes, polka dots and natural flora and fauna are themes / motifs with staying power.

6. Fun with small baby-centric accessories:

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Don’t forget that the smaller items can be very whimsical and sweet. Add accessories like stuffed animals, cot mobile, musical toys, toy baskets and rockers that can easily be swapped out as the child ages. I personally recommend Fisher Price EZ Bundle (1 seat in 4 ways); it is absolutely worth the investment.

7. Room to Play:

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As your child moves on to the toddler phase all his energy will be focused on play and exploration. The best playrooms are stimulating & interactive, full of books & toys to nurture a child’s interests and development. The room should be clutter free and every piece of furniture should be an important support for child’s first steps. They should be sturdy enough not to tip over. As they learn to sit still for short periods of time, introduce a play table in their very own size to the room.

As you start working on your baby’s room don’t forget to add a little bit of your own personal touch.

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