Today’s article on creating the perfect nursery setting for your little one is a guest post by Rachael Sligo, of Little Flowers by Sligo. Rachael is a passionate artist who creates bespoke prints and cards, as well as personalised nursery decor and even illustrates children’s books! Rachael juggles her art alongside her teaching career and being Mummy to her two daughters - Lydia and Eliza, so who better to bring us an article on creating the perfect nursery setting for your little one...
Preparing for the arrival of your little one is such an exciting time, and a big part of this is creating the perfect nursery setting. The nursery forms a big part of your little one’s life during their early years, as well as sleeping there, they will spend lots of time playing in their nursery, so this needs to be their own little sanctuary. Transforming an existing room into the perfect nursery for your little one can feel like a mammoth task, for a stress-free transformation, these are my top tips for creating the perfect nursery setting for your little one.
Choosing the Right Room for the Perfect Nursery Setting for your Little One
The first step to creating a perfect nursery setting for your little one is to choose the right room. If you have different options for converting into your little one’s nursery, try to choose a room close to where you sleep, so that it is easy for you to attend to your little one if needed during the night. To help your little one (and you) to get some precious shut-eye, choose a quiet room, away from possible disturbances for your nursery.
Planning the Perfect Nursery Setting for your Little One
Once you have chosen the right room for the perfect nursery setting for your little one, it is time to start planning. Having a baby is not cheap, with the average parents spending £500 per month raising their newborn for the first year! With that in mind, I highly recommend having a budget for your nursery. With so many ideas for how you can create the perfect nursery setting for your little one, if you start preparing without a budget, the cost can quickly skyrocket and could end up eating into other parts of your baby fund. By setting a budget from the very beginning, you can start by buying all of the essentials such as a cot and bedding and then use the remainder of your budget for the little extras that make your nursery extra special.
After establishing your nursery budget, you can start thinking about the aesthetic of your perfect nursery setting for your little one. Keep your ideas in one place so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all of the choices available. This could involve starting a nursery décor Pinterest board or creating a mood board to set out what sort of nursery you would like and this also makes a lovely keepsake!
Creating a Comfy and Functional Nursery Setting for your Little One
To create the perfect nursery setting for your little one, you need to balance keeping things functional whilst also creating a comfy and cosy sanctuary for your new arrival. You can make your nursery comfortable by focusing on the small details, such as carefully considering the best place for the cot - away from windows and draughts in a cosy corner is always a nice idea.
To keep your nursery functional, if the room is not that big, try not to overfill it with cute decorations and also try to leave space to add to the nursery, as your little one grows into the room. Instead, opt for a few key décor pieces. Personalised décor can be a lovely addition to their nursery and something that they can treasure for years to come. My illustrated name paintings are completely bespoke and personalised, I can work to a colour palette and theme of your choosing - to match your nursery décor. If you haven’t yet decided on your baby's name, leave space for your personalised décor and add this once your little one arrives.
Find out more about our bespoke illustrated name nursery décor.
Lighting your Nursery Setting for your Little One
Another functional consideration for creating the perfect nursery setting for your little one is lighting. Whilst good lighting is important for most rooms, it is not necessarily as important for the nursery. If your nursery has good natural lighting, this will normally suffice. Black-out blinds could be a worthwhile addition to your nursery, to mimic nighttime and create a relaxing environment to help your little one fall asleep for their daytime naps. Having dimmer lights (rather than bright light bulbs) will also help to create a relaxing atmosphere for your nursery.
Creating a Colourful Nursery Setting for your Little One
To create the perfect nursery setting for your little one, make it colourful! When they are first born, babies see colours less clearly so you can help your little one’s development by filling their world, including their nursery with bright, bold colours. By adding colourful letters or numbers, such as a bespoke illustrated name, as part of the nursery décor, you are not only helping your little one to get used to colours but this will also help them get used to these shapes as well.
As part of helping your little one to start perceiving colours more clearly, don’t focus on gender as the main theme for the nursery. Instead of making everything pink or blue, including lots of different colours will make the nursery more stimulating and fun for your little one.
Bringing Everything Together to Create the Perfect Nursery Setting for your Little One
Your nursery will form a big part of your little one’s world for the first few months after they are born, so it is completely understandable that you want to create the perfect nursery setting for your little one. Put together your budget and brainstorm your nursery ideas and then take it one step at a time to create your perfect nursery setting. Try not to get too stressed about creating the perfect nursery setting because your little one will love you for being an amazing parent, having the perfect nursery setting is just an added bonus.
Guest post by Rachael Sligo
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