When you are expecting a baby, there are many preparations to take care of. A new member of the family is arriving and everything has to be ready for him or her, but also for the rest of the people in the family, because there will be certain aspects of the home which will change with the baby´s arrival, and they most certainly won´t only affect the little one. This means that the house must be prepared properly for the new addition, but it must also be done in such a way that parents, siblings and all the people and things that form the home and are going to take part in caring for the baby are comfortable.
Besides keeping in mind security measures to avoid your child suffering from household accidents, another question which will be going through your mind, and the minds of other parents will be, “How should the baby´s room be furnished?”. It might seem like an unimportant question at first, but the truth is, that room will be the place where the little one will spend a lot of time sleeping or playing, and also where parents or siblings will spend a lot of time taking care of them. So, if you are expecting a baby or planning to have a child at some point in time and you don´t know what furniture is the right one or what kind of decoration will be most appropriate, we are going to offer a series of advice which may be useful:
Furniture for babies and parents
Before thinking about the esthetic question per se, first think about which activities are going to take place in the room and which pieces of furniture are going to be part of it. Is the baby only going to sleep in the room? Is there also going to be a play area? Will their clothes be kept there? Are you going to change diapers and wash the baby in that space? Will it still be their room when they have grown? According to the needs we will have, and those which come up, is how we should furnish a bedroom. Think about if a crib or a convertible kit, which can be used when they aren´t babies anymore, is better, shelves, closets, chest of drawers, a high chair, changing table, playpen, etc.
As we have mentioned before, you also shouldn´t only think about the baby. The grown-ups will also make good use of the bedroom, so therefore, think about whether you are going to need an armchair, closets or shelves to be able to have everything you need handy.
Make sure that there isn´t too much furniture, only what is necessary. The things which you need later on can always incorporated, as need be. Also, for comfort and hygiene, it is much better to leave open spaces in order to be able to move around and clean easily.
Lighting for children´s rooms
Lighting is also a very important element, and here is where the esthetic factor comes into play. We recommend a ceiling lamp, but also a dim, warm light on a table or on the wall, where it won´t bother the little one, but can also help calm them and help them sleep. As far as curtains go, they are a good way of filtering the amount of sunlight coming in, but be careful, they can attract a lot of dust.
Appropriate material for babies
Just like with curtains, the material that mattresses, sheets, rugs, etc. are made of should also not retain dust or mites.
Try to avoid things made of ceramic or glass, as they can be very dangerous if they fall or break, because they can cause cuts.
Esthetics in little ones bedrooms
Obviously, this aspect is linked to individual likes and preferences, but what we do want to emphasize is that you not decorate the room giving lots of importance to the baby´s gender, if they are a boy or a girl. Try and decorate in a neutral way, placing more importance on the fact that the decorative elements have the widest diversity possible, and that they encourage the imagination and curiosity of the little one without limits.
In short, what is most going to interest you is being able to create a clean space, both visually and organizationally, uncluttered, original and without conforming to conventionalism, and one which will allow you to add new elements, little by little, as your baby grows.