White might be simple, but never dull.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


You'll be spending a lot of time in the nursery (sometimes in the middle of the night) so make sure it's soothing, stimulating, happy, and organized.

From the moment you bring your precious infant home, his or her (or their) room will become a special place for you and your child. Even if you keep your baby in your bedroom at night for the first few settling-in months, you'll probably use the baby's room for changing diapers, naps and other everyday tasks. 

In addition to a crib that meets modern safety standards, you'll want a comfortable easy chair or rocking chair to coddle you while you cuddle your little one. If you are nursing or just want a little extra support for your back, be sure to include a footstool that's a comfortable height for you.

You may think that any sturdy chest, dresser, or table can be used as a changing table, but the safest solution is a conventional changing table with a built-in low rail around the perimeter of the changing pad. If you use a closed storage unit, you'll want to pick one that you can open with one hand (most wide drawers require even pressure on two pulls). Once you've got the crib, comfy chair, changing table, and optional extra bed in place, the rest is child's play.

If your taste tends toward the lively and modern, a baby's room in white with either pastel or primary accent colors should be just right.
Just about any color scheme can work, but it's usually best to keep colors on the light side. 

Remember, a nursery can be simply designed by choosing a neutral color, like white, ivory or any soft shade, for the base of the room. From there you simply add furniture and accessories that can be changed as your child grows.

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