A dream nursery for your child

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Old 13-Jun-2013
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A dream nursery for your child

Congratulations. You are expecting a baby. You have alerted all your friends and relatives, and now it's time to kick back and wait, right? Wrong. You have to get ready. Feather the nest, so to speak. That means doing the baby's room.

Creating a room for a baby is just one of the many joys of parenthood. Still, purchasing all new furniture, accessories, equipment, toys, books, clothing, and room decor can be positively budget draining. When decorating a nursery, think of things that will last.

Have a vision
Many moms-to-be have an idea of their 'dream nursery.' But their visions may not organise the nursery closet for toy and clothing storage. Find chests, bookshelves, chairs, and kids' tables at garage sales or flea markets, and repaint everything in the same colour.

Be practical
Always be the most practical for a new baby. Plan for the room that will last through childhood. Avoid giving it too much of a baby feel once your child hits preschool, light blue or pink might seem like it's 'for babies.' Baby years are short and that darling bunny wallpaper you spent weeks choosing and days putting up will be history once child son hits two or three.

Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting. Use area rugs on a wood or tiles, if possible. Hard floors are easier to clean up and they don't harbour allergy aggravating dust. Area rugs can be replaced much more easily than carpeting as they get dirty or your child's tastes change.

Be sure to have all the baby essentials conveniently located where you'll use them. You won't want to have to walk away from the infant to get some needed supplies. Don't forget a comfortable rocking chair with soft seats and arm cushions for those inevitable late-night feedings. Give yourself lots of storage space.

Babies can see colour before they can see form. From birth, the newborn is stimulated and attracted to bright, moving colours within his short focus range. From a distance, the attraction is limited to brightness and darkness. As your child grows, he is continually making connections between colour and things. Whatever you choose, keep the colours soft and soothing. For longevity, you may want to steer clear of overly bright colours such as orange or overly muddy colours such as dusty avocado. Butter yellow, warm pinks, pretty greens, and sky blues look really good for baby rooms.

Safety measures
Making a house baby safe means ensuring whatever he might try to open, pull on, or play with won't hurt him. It also means making sure you have all the safety basics covered, and that you have emergency phone numbers posted near all your phones. Put aside one weekend to secure your house, room by room, to make it safe. It may only take you several hours and getting it out of the way will give you peace of mind, even though you'll need to update your efforts as your child grows. Always think of your child's safety before good looks!

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