Hours could be spent scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for beautifully-decorated nurseries. As you consider each component of your baby’s nursery and pour your heart into each detail, consider these design ideas and, more importantly, these safety protocols to help you design a timelessly trendy yet safe and secure nursery for your baby to sleep and grow in comfort and style.
Opt for hand-crafted, durable furniture built to last
Real, solid wood and durable designs are trending right now as more people are viewing furniture as an investment. Nursery furniture is no exception. Not only is it more aesthetic, it’s also safer for baby. Composite, pressed, and other types of manufactured wood can contain formaldehyde, and can also be more prone to breaking or tipping.
Make sure that you anchor pieces of furniture that can be a tipping hazard, like dressers and wardrobes. Consider placing corner guards on low, sharp cornered furniture or fixtures such as fireplaces.
Create meaningful DIY projects
Putting the time and energy into handmade décor or furniture adds more meaning to your nursery and the memories made there. From a hand-painted crib and coordinating furniture to a custom painting, create a unique nursery just for your baby. As you begin these projects, make sure to use water-based paints that will be safe for your baby once the teething stage sets in.
As you hang artwork, consider using canvas materials rather than heavy frames to avoid injury or damage if they fall.
Create a comfortable feeding area
Choose a comfy chair with a cute, matching print where you can spend those late nights or early mornings feeding in comfort. Place a table or small shelf nearby to hold supplies and a lamp and consider an ottoman or foot rest for optimal comfort. A feeding area is a cosy addition to a nursery where you can feed your baby safely. It can also help you avoid the temptation of bringing bub into your bed.
Remember to secure any electrical cords to the lamp or other devices safely out of baby’s reach. Similarly, place outlet covers over power sockets that aren’t being used.
Crib design: go for simple
Not only are straight, simple lines trendy, but it’s also safer for your baby to keep it simple in the crib. The only things in the crib should be the mattress and a fitted sheet. Avoid the temptation to adorn the crib with cute pillows, animals, and blankets as these are a suffocation hazard.
The placement of the crib should also be considered for design and safety purposes. Proximity to the changing table should be convenient for changing nappies. But it should also be safely away from the window so bub can’t reach any cords or curtains and pull them down.