Designing a nursery as a first time mum can feel like a daunting prospect, no matter how much advice or free things friends and family throw at you. That’s why it’s important that you do your own research and discover what works best for you and your baby.
Your nursery needs to be calm and comfortable for your baby, so this means no bold colours or flashing lights and anything aesthetic is really your preference. In those early days your baby really won’t care what their nursery looks like, as long as it’s not too garish or overwhelming for them.
Let’s take a look at some fun themes you could incorporate into your nursery space, ready for the big day when you arrive home with your new bundle of joy:
Head to space
Rocking your baby to sleep in a calming galaxy-themed nursery is definitely a great idea (here’s a Made.com discount code if you’re looking to equip your nursery on a budget). A suitable colour palette could include light greys, purples, pinks and white with pretty galaxy print bedding, star night-lights and a solar system mobile dangling above the bed. Glow in the dark stars stuck to the ceiling and perhaps some rocket ships or even Star Wars theme toys lining the shelves are the perfect finishing touch.
This is a nursery theme that can remain in place until your little one decides they want something related to that new Disney film or TV show. Calming greens on the wall and plenty of air purifying plants should help your sanity on those 4am feeds, while plush animal toys of tigers, monkeys and elephants will keep your baby happy.
Under the sea
Tranquil blues, calming lights and mesmerizing fish will make this nursery idea a hit in your home. The Little Umbrella blog has created the perfect underwater themed nursery, featuring cute whale bedding, calming blue walls and an adorable marine themed mobile above the bed.
All of these nursery ideas are perfect for both boys and girls, so work well for those parents who don’t want their children to feel restricted by gender stereotypes growing up. They should also help you feel at ease while caring for your newborn and provide you with a comforting space to nurse and care for your baby.
Essential nursery tick list
- A comfortable cot or cot bed
- A mattress that fits firmly in the cot bed with no gaps
- Fitted cot sheets and a waterproof mattress cover
- Blankets or a swaddling blanket
- A baby monitor so you can easily hear if they need you
- Blackout blinds to ensure the light doesn’t disturb your baby
- A comfortable rocking chair for you to sit on while nursing
- A side table to keep everything close by, while you’re sat with your baby, such as baby wipes, your mobile phone and those essential magazine subscriptions for when your little one falls asleep on you but you can’t move.
- Changing station with an easy to clean changing mat and nappy bin.