Baby room ideas and inspiration to help you choose a theme
Everything you and your partner need to start nursery preparation
At a glance
Put your nursery in a quiet room close to yours and keep it at the recommended temperature of 18°C
If you haven’t already, gather design inspiration before you begin
Neutral pieces and colours won’t date making them a cheaper choice in the long term
Check for hazards like lead paint, blind cords and sockets
Prepping a nursery can be fun, exciting and stressful all at the same time. You might have lots of questions. How do you baby-proof a room? Where do you put the cot? Do you need a changing area? If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a handy list to start getting your nursery exactly as you want it.
What room is best for the nursery
If you have a choice, consider which room is suitable for your baby’s nursery. Think about light, traffic or any other noise that might disturb your baby. Check that it’s well ventilated and close enough to your bedroom. Use a thermometer to check that the room temperature is around 18°C.
Is the paint safe?
If you’re turning an old room into a nursery, strip the room completely and give it a deep clean. If it’s a very old house, check the paint. If it’s in poor condition, remove it and get it freshly decorated as old lead paints can make harmful dust. New paints are completely fine, though. If your home has wooden floors, you might want to put some rugs in to keep the floor warm and to make less noise when you pop in to check up on your little one. But do secure the rugs so they can’t be tripped over in the dark.
How to choose a style for baby’s room
Think about co-ordinating the theme of the nursery with the rest of your home. For ideas, browse the internet, flip through magazines, and gather your inspiration in a journal, or an online scrapbook such as Pinterest. This will help you develop your own style. Choose colours that don’t date so you won’t have to redecorate so often – neutrals work for your newborn and school-age children. Transferable wall stickers which peel off keep things playful without damaging walls.
What furniture does baby need?
Choose the big pieces of furniture before your paint or wallpaper. If you’re short of space for your nursery, multifunctional or folding furniture or storage benches that double up as a toy chest and a seat are great. And, if possible, make room for a changing area and a rocking chair to make those long nights that bit more comfortable. If you’re tight on space, a baby cot top changer is a great space saver.
And if you’re buying a new cot, make sure that it conforms to BS EN 716-1. This standard ensures that the cot is deep enough to be safe for your baby, and that the slats are the correct width apart.
How to pick nursery accessories
Don’t go overboard with nursery decorations. Keep it simple and decide on a single focus for the room early on, such as a piece of furniture, a patterned rug or a fun lightshade. Remember, you’ll both be spending lots of time in there and you’ll want to feel calm in there, not bombarded with clutter or crazy patterns.
How to babyproof the nursery
First and foremost, have a certified electrician check the sockets and wiring are safe. Create a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows and blind cords, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and wires. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber on to away from the cot too.
And that’s it! The rest is really up to you so enjoy the nesting phase.