There are so many lists of must-haves and design tips for the nursery we are sorta of reverse-engineering your nursery. Learn our favorite things NOT to do when planning your nursery.
Don't do it single handed
When it comes to the changing area I highly recommend that you have an arrangement with plenty of storage. I’ll take it one step further and recommend that the access of baby essentials are in reach with one hand. That means diapers, wipes, cremes, thermometers and basic clothing should be easy to get at with just one hand with out leaving baby.
While most changing pads come with a simple belt that straps over baby, there are so many times when you need both your hands during changing time – like when you're faced with a bad blow out one hand is covered in poo and you can only reach for those wipes with the other. So be sure diapers, wipes, essential cremes are all with in a one-handed arms-reach away. Open shelving above the changing area and smaller one pull draws are life savers.
Don’t Design Nursery for your Baby
Wait what? The truth is moms (and dads) will spend so much time in the nursery those first couple years which is why I encourage clients designing a nursery to consider what style suits THEM best. This is part of the YouthfulNest design philosophy which stresses the importance of creating a space that makes parents feel comfortable and more confident to care for their newborn. So take into consideration your own personal style and the functionality that is important to you. One place to start is with your favorite color pallet – there are so many gorgeous, more mature color combos that work perfectly for the nursery.
Don’t paint without pause
We’ve learned that there can be lot of toxic chemicals in wall paint that can be hazardous to your health, even in the water-based paints. Look for healthier paint options like the products from Colorhouse Paint. Colorhouse interior paints are Zero VOC, low-odor, non toxic and have superior coverage.
Also never just pic a color you like in the store – the lighting is so very different than the natural light and bulb lighting you have home so colors will look very different at on the walls of your room. It's always smart to purchase sample size cans for a few dollars each and ’s sure and paint large swatches on your walls. Once they are dry see how they look in the daylight and shadows. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and money selecting a color this way.
don't light up
This no-no might seem obvious, but when one thinks of creating a soothing, calming atmosphere we tend to think about bringing in a favorite scented candle with that soft, organic lighting. The thing is with a new baby you're going to be exhausted – falling asleep on a dime in your glider or on the floor. So lighting a candle in the nursery is unsafe.
Now having said that, you still bring in candles – so many of these scented candles have stronger scents that can will spread a fragrance throughout the room, even when unlit. And with all those funky odors from spit-up to poo a fresh scent would be most welcomed. Maybe place one or two around the changing table area or on the side table next to your glider for a refreshing breather.
If your all about the that ambient glow from a flickering candle reach for some of those battery powered candles. These are safe and will provide sublime lighting. Some like these from Target come with a timer shut off and some even have mini remote controls! Not to mention they make the perfect night lights!