15 Baby's Room Tips from the Pros

Ensure you are creating a charming, functional, and safe nursery for your precious little one.

Updated on June 06, 2018 19:06 pm

Jerni Camposano

Preparing the nursery is one of the most exciting (and meaningful!) projects for parents. But it can be a tad bit overwhelming, given the multitude of ideas you want done or applied in this space.

Heed these expert tips to help you create that beautiful, serene haven for the new member of the family:

1. Examine the room.

"The first step in planning a nursery is to really look at your space. Sit on the floor, walk around, look at the light at different times of the day—spend time in the room before you begin transforming," say Jessica Strand and Jennifer Levy in Baby's Room: Ideas and Projects for Nurseries. "Let the room's size and shape help you define your choices: obviously, what's good for a large space is not always going to work for a tiny one."


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2. Learn the principles of scale and proportion.

Pay close attention to the furniture and accessories you want to place in the baby's room. "A large chest of drawers might overwhelm a small bedroom meant for a baby. Conversely, a child-size bureau or delicate feeding chair will look out of proportion with an adult-height changing table," warns Susan Hillstrom in Design Ideas for Baby Rooms.

3. When to paint the room?

At least a month before the arrival of the baby, suggests Joanne Still in The Smart Approach to Baby Rooms. This is so that "the room can ventilate properly. There shouldn't be a trace of paint smell when you move your new baby into the room."

4. Necessities vs personal touches

Strand and Levy further add, "It may be easier and less overwhelming if you mentally organize various nursery items into two categories: necessities and personal touches. The necessities, like bedding, lighting, window dressings, and floor coverings, make up the room. The personal touches—a family quilt, a homemade mobile, pictures of or by family members—give the room its warmth and unique flair."

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5. Decide on a theme and colour scheme.

Still stresses that your choices will set the room's mood. "Think of the airiness of a room filled with butterfly-inspired prints. Imagine how soothing and tranquil a room filled with pale greens and yellows can be. Picture the strong, energetic feel to a room decorated with airplanes and trucks in bold blues and reds."

6. "Be wary of hand-me-down cribs...

from friends and family or bargain cribs from a neighbourhood garage sale. Although it might be tempting to use an antique crib that has been passed down in your family, it might not be the safest option," advises Jessica Linnell in The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night So You Can Too.

7. Also, "get the best quality mattress you can afford.

Remember, important developmental things are occurring during your baby's sleep," says Still.

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8. Ensure right temperature and air circulation.

Linnell adds, "Air circulation can help keep the room from having a stale smell. If a ceiling fan is in the baby's room, it can work to circulate the air and provide white noise for the baby. Be sure the vents are clean so dusty air is not being blown about the baby's room."

9. "Do not place the crib in the direct line of the vent,"

reminds Linnell. Even when room temperature is appropriate, there is a possibility of overcooling your new bundle of joy when the vent is blowing directly on him or her.

10. Ensure you have proper lighting.

"Most experts recommend that on a scale of one to 10 (10 being complete darkness), your baby's room should be an eight or nine. If streetlights, sunlight, or moonlight shine into the windows, consider installing darkening shades," writes Linnell.

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11. How to position the crib according to feng shui?

If you are a believer, Jane Alexander, author of Spirit of the Nursery, Spirit of the Home, has this to say: "If possible, you should place the cot or crib in the Children area of the room. If you cannot site the crib there, make sure this area is kept clean and place something white there (a pot of white flowers or a fluffy toy perhaps). Add a lamp to illuminate that area and energize it."

12. Design a room that will grow with your baby.

"Think long and hard about how your child's room will actually be used, both now and down the line. Your aim should be to create a room that's not only pleasing to your eye, but also practical," say Susan Salzman and Daryn Eller in Rooms to Grow In: Little Folk Art's Great Rooms for Babies, Kids, and Teens.

13. Opt for safe and secured storage options,

whether it be open shelves, baskets and boxes, or cabinets. "Built-ins for your child's bedroom may seem inordinately expensive. But if you consider the safety hazards of old-fashioned hinged toy chests or wobbly bookcases, built-ins are worth the investment," suggest the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in Decorating Kids' Rooms: Nurseries to Teen Retreats.

14. You do not need to spend too much to prettify this special space.

"For every new parent, they have a vision of what the perfect nursery should look like. You do not need to spend a fortune decorating a nursery for that new arrival," says Tikyda Couassi-Ble in Budget Home Decorating Tips.


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15. "Decorate for the parents, too.

Make sure the nursery has at least one comfortable armchair. Parents will spend just as much time in this room as a newborn, and it's important to have a chair to sink into, whether it's for the 2 A.M. feeding or the 150th reading of Good Night Moon," remind the authors of Decorating Kids' Rooms and Family Friendly Spaces.

Find more ideas for your baby's room here.


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