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Bringing Home Baby: Practical Tips for Decorating Your Nursery



It is a very exciting time when you are about to welcome a new baby into the home, however it can also be a stressful one too. This is because you have many things on your mind, including: the birth itself, whether you are ready to be parents, whether you have bought everything you need, and so on. Of course, much of the real experience comes from doing it yourself, meaning it is hard to be “perfectly” prepared before you bring baby home.

However there are some things you can do, and getting your baby’s nursery ready is just one of them. This task is best done a few weeks before your baby’s due date as it means you won’t need to worry about it in the month leading up to the birth. If you have left it a bit late - don’t worry! You can still get it sorted when you find a few spare moments; just remember to let everything dry fully before baby is brought into the room.

To help you on your way, here are a few practical tips for decorating your nursery:

Make it safe

Think about the long-term use of your nursery and how it suits being used by a young child. The first thing to remember are smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as these simple devices can actually be the difference between life and death in the family home. Also look towards the plug sockets and ensure they are made to BS 1363:1995 (get a qualified electrician to check); you could also choose to use socket covers to reduce the risk of injury to your child. Finally, make sure that there are no cables or leads in the path of any heat sources, which can also be dangerous.

Make it secure

Decorating a nursery is all about finding the balance between practical and stylish, but you do always need to put the safety of your child first. Windows should be double checked in terms of security, and it is always wise to make sure they don’t open more than 12.5cm. As your child starts to grow, it is best to keep furniture and other items away from the window, just in case they get the urge to climb.

Make it healthy

Depending on the age of your house, some of the old paintwork may contain lead, which can create dangerous dust. This generally applies to homes that were built before the 1970s, but you can get a tradesperson in to check if this applies to you. If the paintwork is in bad condition, you should have it removed by professional decorators. Replace it with one of the modern pots of silk paints for a tough, washable finish that lasts.

Make it organised

Finally, it helps to decorate and furnish your nursery in line with how it will actually be used. You will want to make everything as easy to use as possible, especially in the early days when you are sleep-deprived. Put all of the essential items within easy reach of the changing table, yet away from the hands of your baby. Make sure you take extra care to ensure that all of the furniture is put together properly to make it stable, as you want to keep baby safe during changing or naps.

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41 comments

  1. Your photos of your home are always lovely Kerry :) x

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  2. Also,I think safety awareness with blind cords.there have been so many tragic accidental deaths from children hanging themselves from blind cords.Use blind cord safety clips.
    Great post Kerry.

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    1. Thank you, It really is dreadful isn't it. Luckily we don't have any blinds that Amelia can reach in our house but I still have them out of the way just incase x

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  3. Very informative post. I too have heard lots of horror stories about blind cords x

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  4. Some great tips. making a space safe is certainly one of the first and most important things to think about for babies and young children

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  5. This is a great guide for new parents.
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  6. I really wish I'd read this when I was expecting my earlier ones! Great tips x

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    1. Thank you, I wish I researched more before mine was born as it would have been great to know when she was younger x

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  7. Great tips! I love your photos, this room looks like a lovely, peaceful place to sleep :-)

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    1. Thank you, we have moved now but I really did like how light and peace full the room was x

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  8. Fabulous tips and what a beautiful home you have x

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  9. Brilliant tips and lovely, lovely room x x

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  10. Great tips. I loved preparing the nursery for the twins. It was such an exciting time x

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    1. Thanks, it really is an exciting time isn't it! x

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  11. Always love your picture and reading your posts hun .x

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  12. Oops, that reminds me I really must clean all the toot out of the room my daughter is supposed to be going into. She's nearly six months now, I am rubbish at that sort of thing!! Yours looks amazing though, fancy doing it for me?! ;)

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    1. Thank you, hehe I would gladly help if i had time! x

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  13. Useful tips - they would have come in handy when I was first pregnant. And lovely picture. Your child's nursery is gorgeous.

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    1. Glad the post was helpful. Thank you! x

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  14. Great tips for new parents

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  15. Very good tips. I had to be completely organised and had everything in order for the first year. Love the floral storage boxes.

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    1. Thank you, i was exactly the same. Now i'm not so organised haha! x

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  16. Such beautiful room. These are great tips! Thank you for sharing x

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  17. Great tips - only had one bedroom when my son was born so never got to have a nursery :(

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  18. Brilliant tips, I really enjoyed this post,.

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  19. This is super useful for any parent to be, I remember decorating to aesthetics rather than practicality. It's good to have both. x

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    1. I agree, and glad it's a useful post x

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  20. I am soo pleased i have no longer have to worry bout these things it never gets easie thoughas they grow it gets more apparent of safety x

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  21. Great post Kerry, we only have the one child but I remember those days! She's 3 now so we have other worries LOL. I love the photo, such a beautiful room x

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  22. Gorgeous room - sadly mine all share so decorations are a bit of a mishmash

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