Designing Baby’s room
A baby’s room is the first place he or she finds comfort and tranquility. A baby’s needs are varied; ranges from a clean area for diaper changing, and storing clothes to a quiet, soothing place for bonding and connection with the caregiver. A small cosy nursery room with the cot as the main basic can be made simple and homely. A cot in the corner in the parents’ room can also personalized in small decorative ways.
Here are 10 tips worth taking note when you design your baby’s room:
1. Choose soothing, neutral or pastel colours to create a soothing, peaceful atmosphere in the room. If you don’t prefer it all neutral, you can choose a wall and splash it with colour or wallpaper that is bright and zesty.
2. Decorate the room with nostalgic family snaps or paintings with cartoon motifs or simple lines with primary colours to allow stimulation for babies when they are in the mood for contemplation.
3. Open shelves are great for stacking diapers or clothes for easy reach but allocate separate spaces using boxes or dividers to avoid muddles and meddling from older siblings.
4. Make sure your baby has a great view from her cot. Either hang baby mobiles when lying on her bed to ponder on or hang wall paintings or position basket of her soft toys for her to look and be enticed by.
5. Choose plain colours for baby bumpers and cotton sheets. Avoid overcrowding the cot with too many soft toys or frilly pillow cases. Keep it minimal and simple. This will prevent the baby from being overly stimulated and distracted from rest and sleep.
6. If you are breastfeeding, a comfortable armchair is a must. When you are comfortable and restful breastfeeding or bottle feeding, your baby will enjoy the special time of bonding and connection with you.
7. Keep the windows an curtains fuss-free and simple. If the sun shines into the cot at certain times, you may want to consider block out lining. Ample natural light and fresh air let into the room is great for babies as it refreshes them during their awake moments.
8. For playtime, carve out some floor space for babies for tummy time, or babies learning to sit and crawl. Play mats make the area safe and encourages motor development with ease. Place baby-friendly toys like cloth books, soft blocks or bean bags for babies to explore. Babies particularly loves mirrors and you can lean a safe small one against the wall.
9. Create a dimmer light or children’s lamps to check on baby at night, as well as add an imaginative dimension to the baby’s night time.
10. Baby proof your room especially starting from the inquisitive crawling phase. Keep blind cords or wires short with plug covers. Store the out of bounds items on a high shelf. Install bars on windows if necessary.
Children’s spaces. Judith Wilson