Just found out that you’re pregnant? Eeeeek! It’s a time for celebration, but also a time to start that planning process for when baby arrives. There is a lot to do, and if you concentrate on getting things prepared well in advance, then the only things that you’ll have to worry about come your final month of pregnancy is what it will be like and how it’s going to change your life forever.
Planning your new baby’s room should be one of the tasks that you tackle as many months out as possible, to ensure that you keep stress to a minimum. Here’s what you need to start thinking about right now.
What Colour should I Paint It?
Blue for boys and pink for girls? Only if your heart is set on it. The advice from the experts is all about colour psychology. It has been said that the best colours for your nursery are either yellows or greens, but that neither should be too bright. You can use either yellow or green as your main colour in the room, and then accessorise with complementary colours to provide a contrasting, rich environment.
Should I Carpet?
If you have floorboards in your baby’s intended room, then you might jump to carpet, to provide a soft, cushioning effect for baby to play on the floor. However, this is usually not the best decision. Instead of carpeting the entire floor, it’s suggested to use large rugs or carpet mats. This way, it not only saves you a lot of money, but it also makes it very easy to change back to floorboards when your little one grows up. Choose rugs that have soft colours with bigger, as opposed to more intricate patterns.
What Furniture will I Need?
There are some items of furniture that are absolute essentials for any baby’s room. First of all, you’ll need your cot. Choose a sturdy, safe design, and then couple it with a mattress, sheet, waterproof mattress protector and wraps, blankets, or swaddles to keep baby warm. A change table, or at the very least, a change mat is required for changing nappies, and many people choose to buy a baby bath to make bath time easier. A comfortable chair for feeding in makes for a very handy piece of furniture, along with a set of drawers (or other setup) for organising baby clothes, nappies, and accessories.
Bodysuits, singlets, and socks are the basics of what you need for wardrobe when baby comes, along with a large stock of nappies! You’ll also need wet wipes, face washers, and towels, along with your baby capsule, pram and nappy bag. Accessories for breastfeeding such as breast pads and bottles can help to make mum’s life easier.
Sticking to Your Budget
It can be tempting to go all out when decorating baby’s room and getting all your equipment sorted. However, it’s also important to stick within your budget. Having a baby shower with a list of required items can help with getting your essentials together, as well as looking at second hand or sale furniture and goods. There will be plenty of time to spend money on bub growing up, so now is not the time to go blowing your budget for no good reason – think about big purchases for at least a few days before deciding.