Many parents – to – be get a great deal of enjoyment out of preparing their homes for their new babies. Designing a special nursery for a new arrival can be a lot of fun, even if you are working with a tight space and/or a tight budget. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started – with a little of your own creativity, your nursery will be a one of a kind sanctuary where you and your baby can relax.
Save on furniture costs by mixing and matching store bought pieces with basic shelves and bookcases that you build yourself. Also, look for pieces that can grow with your child, like a crib that converts to a toddler bed or even a full size bed later. There are also dressers with changing tables on top that convert to regular dressers once your little one is out of diapers. Believe it or not, many people forego a changing table altogether and use changing pads to change baby on the floor. It’s safe, and you can keep all of your diapering essentials in fabric bins on a low shelf for convenience.
To create a fresh look on the walls without breaking the bank, make your own “wall art”. Horizontal or vertical stripes or other geometric shapes can be marked on the wall with painters’ tape for a custom look without the custom price tag. Also, prints and posters can make great wall art if you choose a standard size that will fit in a bargain frame that you pick up at a department store. One safety tip to remember when decorating your nursery is to make sure that you do any painting or wallpapering as far in advance of baby’s arrival as possible. Also, open the nursery windows as often as you can to ventilate the room and get rid of the fumes and odors from the new paint or wallpaper.
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