Finding out you’re pregnant can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences of your life!
While many new parents don’t think about it until later, it’s good to start thinking about your baby’s room before they arrive, especially if you plan on finishing the room while they’re still in utero.
As you probably know, babies have their own unique needs and preferences when it comes to sleeping arrangements and decor, so choosing the right one is no easy task.
Have a Design in Mind
Whether it’s white and bright or yellow with a pop of green, you should have a general idea of what you want your baby’s room to look like.
Think about his or her lifestyle and aesthetics as you get started. Your little one won’t be around forever—but home improvements are!
Having a design in mind will make it easier to decide on furniture, wall colors, and other big-ticket items.
It will also help you set aside funds for your new project. And if you don’t know where to start?
Don’t worry: we have plenty of ideas for home improvement projects throughout our site.
Use Low Furniture
Some parents believe that their baby’s sleeping space should be high off of the ground.
However, there are no safety guidelines that suggest that a baby needs to sleep on a raised surface. In fact, research has shown that babies with low-profile cribs and bassinets have fewer injuries than those with high furniture .
Low furniture also reduces your child’s risk of climbing out of bed, which could lead to serious injury or even death.
Create A Nook For Reading
Babies love looking at faces and being read to, so putting a comfortable chair and bookshelf in their room can be a great way to create a nook for reading.
Investing in comfortable furniture will also make it easier on mom (and dad!) when it comes time to sit and relax with baby.
As your child grows, turning these two pieces into a learning center can help encourage early education in an effortless way.
Also, consider painting walls and decorating with bright colors that are appealing to babies.
This is especially important if you plan on having more than one child because every parent knows how easy it is for older siblings to outgrow baby’s things!
Use Big Picture Frames
While you might think that a baby’s room is all about soft blues and tranquil motifs, don’t forget that it’s also an opportunity to add personality.
Home improvement can be a great chance to personalize a space by adding decorative touches, art, furniture and rugs.
For example, big picture frames are a playful way to fill up empty wall space while also providing your new arrival with vivid images of familiar faces.
Create Shelves That Double As Beds
Of course, every home improvement store will have a good deal of baby-oriented books and products.
But what you really need is just to find some decent, basic design concepts that will make your nursery as simple and straightforward as possible.
One such example would be shelves that double as beds.
You can build them yourself or simply buy one from a home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Add Storage Under The Bed
Whether you go with a crib or a larger bed, don’t forget to add storage under it.
Not only will there be plenty of space for storage bins and bags (there should be at least two on each side), but you’ll also keep shoes and other baby gear out of sight and away from little ones who could hurt themselves.
This is especially important if your child is crawling or walking around already. Plus, as they get older they can use it as a place to sit and read books or play with toys.
Keep Things Out of Reach
Placing toys, books, and other baby friendly items that may be potentially dangerous within baby’s reach can be fun—but it can also be dangerous.
Many babies like to put things in their mouths, so keeping toys and other objects out of his or her reach is a good safety practice.
To keep your baby safe and happy as he or she grows up, it’s important to focus on home improvement from day one.
Consider Paint Color
The color of a room can have a powerful effect on mood, so it’s important to select colors that are easy on your eyes.
Paint companies make paint testers available in stores, so you can actually see what different colors look like without committing to them.
Don’t be afraid to try bold shades, such as dark greens or purples—these can be used in small doses and often look stunning when combined with whites and natural wood furniture.
Choose Furniture That Matches Your Decor
Decorating a baby’s room can be one of the most fun parts of welcoming a new child.
There are so many options and ideas to explore when it comes to designing an infant’s space.
However, before you start shopping or draping your room in pink or blue, take some time to think about how you want your little one’s space to look.
Upgrade the Mattress and Crib Topper
You know how they say you shouldn’t spend more than 30% of your income on a mattress?
Well, that rule doesn’t apply to babies, who will be spending many years sleeping in one.
While it might be tempting to try and save money by buying a hand-me-down crib or getting an economical option at Ikea, it may be worth it to upgrade in these two areas.