Nesting, the process of preparing the house for a baby’s arrival, strikes every single mother. One of the more fun parts of nesting is preparing the baby’s room. You get to create the world where he or she will sleep and grow up in. Here are some décor theme ideas to help get you started!
Start simple. Your priority should be making the nursery a relaxing and enjoyable space. Even if your baby stays with you for the first couple months, the nursery should be a place Mom, Dad, and baby all like to be. You’ll need nursery essentials like a quality crib and a comfortable rocking chair or recliner to cuddle in while you feed and cuddle your little one. Even if you know the sex of your baby, you might want to start with a neutral base, so the room is easy to redecorate as your little one grows. If you don’t want to go with white or off white, consider green. A color that’s proven to promote growth and tranquility, green can easily be paired with pink or purple for a girl’s room and paired with blue or brown for a boy’s room. Yellow and green would work for either gender.
No matter what your baby’s gender is, creating a fun theme, based off any color, is pretty easy. For a newborn, the emphasis of the nursery should be in the crib, changing table, and rocking chair but you’ll still want to have plenty to stimulate your baby. To turn your little one into a nature lover, you could go with a zoo, under the sea or wildlife theme. Paint trees on the walls and fill the room with stuffed animals in every different species. Buy or make a mobile with fish, different animals, or plants.
You could do a Crayon theme and fill the room with the array of crayon colors. Especially if you don’t want to find out your baby’s gender beforehand, filling the room with all colors will help you decorate before the baby is born and will create a colorful and bright environment to stimulate your baby’s vision and mind. A theme like this could carry on for a few years, and when the child gets a little older, you could hang butcher paper on the walls to encourage art.
To start your child’s familiarization with the alphabet and language, use letters as your theme. This would be another gender neutral and engaging theme. Buy alphabet blocks for decoration that you can use for toys once the baby is old enough. Paint letters on the walls and buy or make an alphabet mobile. You could also paint simple images for the baby to associate with the different letters. Apple for A, bear for B, cat for C, etc. An alphabet theme could easily integrate with any other theme you want as well.
No matter which theme you use, don’t forget those walls need love, too, even if you’re holding off on much decoration until after the baby arrives. Once you’ve picked out your theme, an easy and cheap way to make your walls pop a little, is with nursery wall decals. You could find a runner for the top of the walls or find a whole forest of cute creatures to stick on the wall. Another popular trend has been using decals to spell out your baby’s name. There are tons of styles available from the alphabet, to animals, to blocks so no matter how you want to engage your baby, you’ll be able to find cute and fun decals. The decals are also very easily removed, so it won’t be a pain when it comes time to redecorate the room as your baby develops his or her own personality.