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Setting Up A Nursery: How To Create A Warm And Functional Space For Your Little One

The impending birth of a baby is an exciting time in the lives of any couple. Setting up the nursery is a major step toward feeling more prepared for the arrival. However, that is often easier said than done; you and your spouse may have no idea where to begin! The following tips can help you with the process, and before you know it, you will have a welcoming space that everyone in the family will gravitate toward.

The first thing that you need to decide on is your color scheme. You may have heard that very young babies are only able to see white and black, and that is true. However, that doesn't mean that your nursery should be void of color! Select pastels, which provide stimulating color without being overwhelming. Blues, purples and greens are all good choices; typically, you want to stay away from both yellow and red accents. This is because these are the first colors that your little one will begin to notice as they get older; if the room is comprised of mostly blue with a few yellow accents, the yellow will pop out first and may startle your child. However, if you stick to blues and greens, both of these colors will begin to appear to your baby at the same time, helping your child transition from a colorless room to a warm space seamlessly. After you know what you want, paint the room before doing anything else, as it is easier this way.

Tip: Look for "how-to" videos to get a preview of the project you want to undertake, and search based on specific model numbers. There are a lot of detailed do-it-yourself videos posted on the Internet.

After painting, the next thing to check off your list is lighting. Install a dimmer switch in the room; although this is a fairly simple task, it will make a big difference during midnight feedings. Rather than having to turn on a strong light, which may startle the baby and keep him or her up long after the feeding, a dimmer lets you put on a soft light just to see with.

Although babies are small, they have a lot of "stuff." Therefore, it is crucial that you put in some additional storage in the nursery space. Think about what you will need; if you have a small room, adding some shelving in the closet may allow you to skip a dresser all together. Also, a few well place shelves near the changing table can help you store a few necessary items, like butt paste, out of the reach of your little one while still having them close by. Examine your room closely, and think about the placement of your furniture, before deciding how to proceed.

There is a lot to do before the birth of your baby occurs. One of the biggest projects you will have is the nursery; how you set it up can affect both your little one's mood and your own sanity as you go through those first few months in a blur of diaper changes and late night feedings. Take the advice from this article and put it to use in creating the perfect room for your infant.

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