15 Ways You Can Build a Calming Nursery for Your Baby

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When you learn of a brand new bundle of joy’s impending arrival, one of your first thoughts may be of the nursery you’d like to create for him. After you’ve adjusted to the idea of bringing a new life into the family, you’ll be faced with a staggering array of decisions that make life in the months before your baby’s arrival quite hectic. Creating a calm, soothing oasis from the frenetic pace of the world can help you and your baby find some serenity. These tips can help you create the peaceful space you’ve envisioned and to perfect it before your baby arrives.

1. Color is Everything – The color of the walls and accents in any room set the mood. If you’re shooting for a more tranquil, serene space, it’s best to choose colors that promote those feelings. Bold and energetic colors like bright orange or red may not be conducive to rest, while pale blues and greens can have the desired calming effect.


2. Skip the Frilly Bedding – A crib that looks like a magazine layout may create a sense of pride for you, but it can be dangerous for your baby. Making sure that he gets a good night’s sleep without increasing SIDS risks is a parent’s job, so make sure your nursery planning takes American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines into consideration.

3. Don’t Forget the Window Treatments – Blackout shades can help you keep the sun out of Baby’s eyes while he naps during the day, creating a soothing space. You will want to make sure that you choose window treatments that don’t pose a strangulation risk, as babies can become entangled with cords that are within their reach.

4. Include a Comfy, Adult-Sized Chair – The nursery may be your baby’s room, but you’ll be spending many sleepless nights there as well. A comfortable chair that accommodates a sleepy adult will be a blessing for you, boosting the overall feeling of calm in the room.

5. Make the Most of Nursery Closet Space – Clutter doesn’t promote calmness, so devote some energy to effective closet use. Babies may be tiny people, but their stuff can take up an astounding amount of space!

6. Keep Storage Solutions Simple – The cute tub you’ve found for storing diaper wipes may be a thematic match with the room, but you won’t be soothed for long when you realize it’s too complex to open while holding down a dirty, squirming baby.

7. Choose Functional, Multi-Purpose Furniture – Rather than buying a changing table that serves no other purpose, consider a nice dresser with a safety rail installed and a soft changing mat placed over the top. When your child is out of diapers, it’ll still be a functional piece of furniture.

8. Be Budget-Conscious – The most beautiful, perfectly designed nursery will create nothing but stress if you dramatically exceed your budget in terms of planning. To make sure that Baby’s space isn’t a source of grief for you, keep an eye on your spending.

9. Look Up! – A newborn may not notice, but an older baby spends a significant amount of time on his back, looking at the ceiling. When you paint and decorate the nursery, keep in mind that a stained ceiling in need of painting can cheapen the rest of the room.

10. Choose Safe Paints – Finding the perfect shade of paint is a key aspect of creating a soothing and tranquil nursery, but it’s important to make sure that your wall colors are of the low-VOC variety. Volatile organic compounds can cause respiratory irritation and other health problems, which isn’t an environment you’ll want to bring a baby into.

11. Incorporate Heirloom Pieces – The crib you used as a baby, a rocking chair that came from your partner’s nursery or other heirloom pieces can be perfect ways of adding personal, comforting touches to a nursery. Just be sure that they meet current safety guidelines.

12. Think Outside the Big Box Retailer – There’s nothing wrong with opting for mass-produced accessories, but artsy parents may find that they’re more satisfied with the efforts of independent artists and creators.

13. Look for Pieces That Grow With Your Child – Having a few pieces of furniture that your child can use as he ages will create a sense of routine and comfort for your child, along with a feeling of consistency.

14. Consider Tradition Over Trends – What’s trendy today may be old news tomorrow. Furthermore, fad decorating is known more for being cutting-edge than aesthetically pleasing. A traditional, comforting nursery may be more soothing than a haute baby space.

15. Integrate a White Noise Device – Infants fall into a deep sleep when they hear the sound of the washing machine or the gentle lull of the road beneath the tires for a reason. Replicating these sounds with a white noise device can help your child feel more comfortable and calm in his nursery.

How to create a toxin free nursery

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Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their little one home to a cozy, beautiful and safe nursery. The flurry around creating the perfect nursery can overwhelm everything else. Babies are quite delicate and super sensitive to their new surroundings, so we want to try our very best to take every precaution to protect our treasured little bundle from harmful agents.
Outside the protection of the home, there is not much you can control. You can’t control how the air smells, or the exhaust from car that drives down the road, or the particular person nearby who is sick. You make every attempt to keep your baby away from hazards, but you take a chance each time baby is outside. At home however you can keep your baby’s nursery safe, sanitary and totally free from dangerous toxins.
Cleaning
Keeping your nursery clean is essential to providing a safe environment for your baby. 
Make sure you regularly clean your carpets using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. The filter will help eliminate the majority of harmful pathogens, allergies, dust particles, pet dander and more. 
According to a 2002 U.S. Geological Survey, 80% of cleaning products leave behind a residue that may include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, etc. That is a poor exchange for germ-free surfaces! These chemical substances can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled and can affect the development of your baby’s immune system. 
Go to the store and find cleaning products that are ‘non-toxic.’ They are just as effective as their toxic counterparts and smell significantly better. You can also try home remedy cleaning solutions that are tremendously less costly and totally free of poisonous residue. 
Crib Bedding
Your crib bedding is the last thing your baby sees before bedtime and the first thing your newborn sees when he/she wakes up. Your newborn will spend about two-thirds of their day in the crib, so selecting safe baby crib sets and taking appropriate care of it should be one of your top priorities. 

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10 Creative Baby Nurseries

If I haven’t already beat this into my readers’ heads already, I love Pinterest, the online bulletin board social network site. I love it for the great ideas that can be found on there from outfits, to workout encouragement, to inspirational words to decorating advice. I found a boatload of super cute nursery decorating ideas searching the term “nursery”. Now ordinarily, I’d give credit where I found these but sadly [which is a pitfall of Pinterest], the original source are no longer available. Bummer! But in any event, I’ll share my favorite ones and give h them a home here temporarily until the rightful designers claim them! Enjoy! Welcome nursery ideas! Ha!

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Keeping Baby Nursery Toxin-Free

Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their little one home to a cozy, beautiful and safe nursery. The flurry around creating the perfect nursery can overwhelm everything else. 
Babies are quite delicate and super sensitive to their new surroundings, so we want to try our very best to take every precaution to protect our treasured little bundle from harmful agents.
Outside the protection of the home, there is not much you can control. You can’t control how the air smells, or the exhaust from car that drives down the road, or the particular person nearby who is sick. 
You make every attempt to keep your baby away from hazards, but you take a chance each time baby is outside.  At home however you can keep your baby’s nursery safe, sanitary and totally free from dangerous toxins.
Cleaning
Keeping your nursery clean is essential to providing a safe environment for your baby. 
Make sure you regularly clean your carpets using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. The filter will help eliminate the majority of harmful pathogens, allergies, dust particles, pet dander and more. 
According to a 2002 U.S. Geological Survey, 80% of cleaning products leave behind a residue that may include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, etc. That is a poor exchange for germ-free surfaces! These chemical substances can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled and can affect the development of your baby’s immune system. 
Go to the store and find cleaning products that are ‘non-toxic.’ They are just as effective as their toxic counterparts and smell significantly better. You can also try home remedy cleaning solutions that are tremendously less costly and totally free of poisonous residue. 
Crib Bedding
Your crib bedding is the last thing your baby sees before bedtime and the first thing your newborn sees when he/she wakes up. Your newborn will spend about two-thirds of their day in the crib, so selecting safe baby crib sets and taking appropriate care of it should be one of your top priorities.
Continue reading this article by my Washinton Times Communities colleague Chantal Maddocks who pens the brand new blog Basic Parent

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Inside Nursery Decorating Tips and Trends from DNB Contractors

Most parents want their little angels that come into the world  to be nestled  in a dreamy nursery. Not all have the know how to create these dreamlands for their babies. That’s when it pays, if it’s in the budget, to hire a professional.
DNB Contractors, Inc ( www.dnbcontractor.com) is a Washington, DC area contractor that has been in business for 12 years providing residential and commercial painting, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, moving, property management and remodeling services.

Recently, the company, run by proprietor Dexter Barrow, branched out to fill the niche and growing interest of parents to create fantastical and marvelous nurseries and rooms for their babies and children. I sat down with Barrow for a one on one to give Bellyitch the scoop on how to turn an empty room into a wonderland. The company, which ordinarily focuses on handyman type work, started getting inundated with requests from parents and decided to dedicate an entire division just to that service.

Bellyitch:  What do you do to help parents prepare their nurseries?

Barrow: One of our niches is working with expecting parents.  We like to sit down and consult with the families to determine needs.  For example we just completed a job for a family expecting twins and they were worried about allergies.  We removed the majority of the carpeting and installed beautiful hardwood flooring. We aim to make the process easy so all the parents have to do is relax. We will remove everything from the room so they have a blank canvas to work with.

Bellyitch:  Why do you think you are getting increasing requests to help out with nurseries?

Barrow: That is an interesting question because sometimes our vocation pick us.   I have been a contractor for some time but it was not until I had my daughter 5 years ago I started getting into decorating kids rooms. Her friends would come over and see her room and as any parent knows the next question is “can I have one” !

Bellyitch:  Do you have any general advice to parents on cost saving when preparing their nursery?
Barrow: I tell parents to think a few years ahead. Kids go through many phases so don’t go painting Dora all over the room because next year, we will be back again.

Bellyitch: What is the most popular color folks ask for?

Barrow:
Of course the traditional pinks and blues are still in for girls and boys, respectively. However, parents are becoming more daring.  We have been using a lot of bright and tropical colors lately.
 

Bellyitch: Do you have any tips for our readers on painting nurseries?


Barrow:  My tip is to call a professional to complete your project. Please remember a great paint job still adds value to your home. The goal it is to have nice sharp lines and to have continuous flow.

Bellyitch: What’s the hottest in nursery designs you are seeing?

Barrow: Lately, we have been seeing a lot of interest in accent walls but these are not your normal accent walls these are themed walls , textured wall paper and murals.  We just recently completed a wall with beautiful clouds and a light blue background with the words stenciled “sweet dreams little one” on one wall.

Bellyitch Are you asked to prepare toy rooms too?

Barrow: We have created various play areas for parents which is great because it defines the space for both the children and their parents. We also assemble furniture bunk beds etc. Thanks to Ikea, we have added one more “value added service” to our services. DNB never says No.

As a treat, DNB Contractors is offering any Bellyitch reader which mentions the blog when calling 10% off services! Sweet! Take them up on the offer. It looks like you will not be disappointed! Contact the company at www.dnbcontractor.com

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Decorate your nursery like celebrities, but on a shoestring budget

I discovered this Maryland Heights, Missouri local Fox news affiliate’s interview with top designer Ani Semerjian who shared excellent tips on how to achieve the same look of a luxury nursery without breaking the bank.

Here are others because everyone wants a celebrity nursery, apparently!



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Mariah & Nick’s Blinged out nursery

The Vancouver Sun reports that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have blinged out their twins’ nursery. 
The extravagance seems over the top and unbelievable, but judge for yourself.  The paper reports a source close to the couple stating that “Mariah Carey has converted an entire wing of her home into a nursery” and that “Mariah wanted 18-carat gold trim with ivory walls, soft furnishings and walk-in wardrobes full of Petit Tresor designer clothes.
“There’s a top-of-the-range sound system and they’ll each have diamond-encrusted iPods and a flatscreen TV that comes down from the ceiling.”
It also says the couple purchased “Chelsea sleigh cribs costing $2,200 each and a Clara changing table, which has a price tag of $2800, while the nursery will also be furnished with $2,270 Glam Glider chairs for Mariah and Nick – and a $1 million sofa.”
The source also told Now magazine that “Mariah and her designer Kenneth Bordewick are overseeing every detail.
“There’s a $1 million red-crushed velvet, 24-carat gold and onyx sofa used for Michael Jackson’s shows. It’s very ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with swags on the back.”
WOW!!

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