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A Baby's Dream Nursery

July 2007
Creating your dream nursery can be an easy task when you focus your goals and wants for this special room. Many moms-to-be already have their dream nursery in mind, but are unsure of how to get started. Here is some helpful advice on how to overcome this obstacle. One of the best ways to decorate a child's room is around a baby nursery theme or color scheme.

Following are a few suggestions to get you started:

The best way to get an idea for your nursery theme is by selecting the baby bedding that best reflects your unique style. Choose a main print that will set the tone for the whole room. There are many options available today that go beyond the traditional babyish themes. Maybe pretty pink polka-dots or purple flowers for a little girls room, and blue gingham to dress up a little boys room. Be sure to think long term and select a baby nursery theme that will accommodate your child as he/she grows.

Next, decide on accessories and wall treatments that complement the bedding colors, print and fabrics. These decorative elements help to tie the nursery theme together. It is best to choose wall treatments and furniture that are acceptable for any age. Babies grow up very quickly! You can add accessories such as matching lamps, rugs, decorative pillows, wall decor, and mobiles that will give the nursery a baby feel for the first three years. Accessories such as these can easily be replaced as your child matures and enters into pre-school.

Decide on a focal point for the baby nursery. Many choose the crib as the main point of interest. You could also choose a wall mural or piece of artwork. The focal point should really reinforce your chosen theme. You can use some imagination when deciding on the focal point too. If your child loves princesses, you could choose a headboard that resembles a castle, or a crib that evokes majesty.((Add an area rug to provide accent colors that help tie the nursery theme together. A rug is much easier to clean or replace than the carpet. This will also provide a soft place for your baby to crawl and play.

Choose furniture that grows with your child. The convertible crib, or our new lifetime crib is a great investment. Bratt's cribs convert into toddler beds, and daybeds, and the Chelsea Lifetime Crib converts into a full size bed. This alleviates the need to buy three different beds. Another good investment is a changing table that doubles as a dresser once your child is out of diapers, and ours transitions seamlessly. Don't forget a rocker or glider for you and baby to sit in. There will be many days and nights spent rocking and singing or reading to your new baby.

Invest in storage space. The addition of a newborn adds a lot of "stuff." Organizing all of baby's necessities is a cinch with a storage system. Items such as hampers, diaper stackers, toy bins, and stacking bins can be found in a wide range of colors and materials to fit your theme too. Plus, as your baby becomes a toddler he/she can help pick up with ease!

Planning a baby nursery can be an overwhelming task. The above steps break this process down into manageable tasks to help you plan your dream nursery. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping today!


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