Bringing a baby home from the hospital is possibly one of the most exciting moments in life. You get to show your new little houseguest around their new accommodations, which are slightly roomier than they are used to! Getting a house ready for a baby isn’t an easy feat and planning the nursery out can take weeks, if not months. Thankfully, you have a full nine months to get ready for this moment so planning early is a good idea.
You’ll be making lists throughout about what you need for your nursery but sometimes a nursery starts with home renovations. Building a whole new room into the house or having a company come in and remodel the entire floor the nursery will be on can be a big project. Deciding as early as possible whether you need to renovate or just build on an existing room will allow you more time to sort everything out to be perfect for when that little bundle of joy finally arrives. Check out our list of things you need for your nursery to be as prepared as can be:
- Lighting: You’ll have the regular ceiling lights of course, but having a dimmer switch and low wattage bulbs installed is a good idea for a nursery. You want to create a soft lighting area so during those night feeds, you can keep the room as dark as possible without stubbing your toe or tripping over. Adding nightlights to the room can also give you enough light to help you see what you’re doing with minimal disruption.
- Wardrobes: If you plan to renovate the entire room and start from scratch, having a wardrobe built in will mean you can save yourself the money in buying a new suite. It also means it can grow with the child so eventually instead of baby clothes and toddler outfits hanging, there will be space for shoes and dresses!
- Colors: Choosing your color palette for the nursery should be done carefully. Go for serene colors like lilacs and greys and keep the theme uniform throughout. Garishly bright colors can actually disturb sleep, so gentle colors and décor can create a baby-friendly environment.
- Furnishings: Of course, you’ll be excited to pick furniture for the nursery. Rocking chairs, cots and changing tables aside, you have to remind yourself that for the first six months the nursery will likely just be a staging area. Baby will be sleeping in your room for some time yet so keep the nursery as somewhere to escape to for night feeds that don’t disturb the rest of the family. Go for soft furnishings in muted colors, but also make sure the material is easy to clean!
Renovating the house to ensure space for a baby is surely one of the more exciting renovation projects you can be involved in. Creating a space that is a haven for feeding, changing and general relaxation for the smallest member of the house is important for a happy, calm home.