If you’ve never created a baby room before, you might not even know where to begin. But with some creativity, you can put together a room that will create memories for years to come. As you anticipate the arrival of your little one, make this process fun by preparing a safe and playful environment.
When it comes to choosing the products for your baby’s room, you must meet safety precautions. That means safety everything: from furniture to paint to accessories to bedding, you have to make sure it won’t be harmful to your baby. Don’t be blinded by the cute products out there, make sure you check reviews and the product before making your purchase.
Before you choose your color scheme, keep in mind you want a place that evokes peace and serenity for your baby. Choose palegreens, lavenders, or blues. Don’t forget to purchase safe, odor-free paint or those that are labeled as “eco-friendly”. You can add some visual interest to the walls with simple shapes such as diamonds, circles, squares, or moons. Or you can add wall decals with different animal figures.
Purchase floor covering that’s washable, safe, and flows with your color choices. Open the windows and allow new carpeting and flooring to air out for at least a week before introducing your baby to the room. Add optional area rugs that are made of natural fibers and are washable.
When shopping for furniture, give yourself plenty of time – six-to-eight weeks – just in case any pieces are back-ordered or you have custom needs. Look for the essentials: a crib, dresser/changing table, rocker and shelves at reputable baby stores. Don’t forget to check all the furniture carefully when it arrives. Look for defects, chipping, paint, and safety issues. Allow the new furniture to air out before the baby arrives for at least a week. Don’t forget to place the crib and other pieces away from windows and secure them to the wall with brackets and bolts, as recommended by the Home Safety Council.
When you’re all done with the room, tour and inspect the room before your baby arrives. Consider hiring a professional safety expert to look things over for potential hazards you missed. And when that’s done, enjoy the special space you created for you and your baby.