EX­PERT TIPS FOR THE PER­FECT NURS­ERY

Cre­at­ing a spe­cial space to call your baby’s first bed­room is fun – and a bit of work! Try our tips to make it all a lit­tle eas­ier

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

Cre­ate a peace­ful sanc­tu­ary for your baby with de­sign ideas from those in the know

Set­ting up and dec­o­rat­ing your baby’s room is a rite of pas­sage, with the nest­ing urge usu­ally kick­ing in around the be­gin­ning of the third trimester. But, as some ba­bies ar­rive ahead of time, try to avoid leav­ing every­thing un­til the last minute. Whether you’re re­dec­o­rat­ing the spare room or mak­ing space in your bed­room, here’s our guide to get­ting ready ahead of time to cre­ate a spe­cial space for your new ar­rival.

FIRST STEPS

Start think­ing about your baby’s nurs­ery early in your preg­nancy. Visu­alise how you want it to look, per­haps draw­ing a quick sketch, and write a must-have list to get your ideas down on pa­per. Next, mea­sure the length and width of the room to make sure you know ex­actly how much space you have to work with.

It’s a good idea to or­der new fur­ni­ture no later than five months into your preg­nancy be­cause de­liv­ery of items may take as long as three months. Fac­tor in plenty of room around the cot so you can move around eas­ily while set­tling and pick­ing up your baby, and po­si­tion the change table not too far from the cot.

If you need to re­ar­range or assem­ble any fur­ni­ture in the last two months of your preg­nancy, feel per­fectly en­ti­tled to ask some­one else to do it for you!

DEC­O­RAT­ING

Some par­ents pick a dis­tinc­tive theme for their lit­tle one’s room, such as a cir­cus, jun­gle or nurs­ery rhyme theme. Oth­ers use colour to cre­ate a per­son­alised place (see box, op­po­site page). Bright ac­ces­sories add a pop of colour, but be mind­ful that you’re try­ing to cre­ate a sooth­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Us­ing wall stick­ers and de­cals are fun ways to dec­o­rate, and they’re easy to re­move with­out dam­ag­ing the paint if you de­cide to up­date the look later on.

If you don’t know whether you’re hav­ing a boy or girl, there are plenty of unisex de­signs, such as trees or an­i­mals, in neu­tral hues to choose from.

THE FI­NAL COUNTDOWN

Cre­ate a gift list for your baby shower to avoid dou­bling up on items you al­ready have. When you reach the 36-week mark, wash baby clothes and linen, then stock up on basics such as nap­pies and wipes so you’re pre­pared when bub ar­rives.

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