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
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.
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!
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.