Designing a Nursery
Posted by Our Baby Our World on 10/14/2013
Parents-to-be look forward to designing their nursery--so many exciting decisions to make and adorable things to buy for baby. With the abundance of nursery and baby care products available, new parents can get overwhelmed. Following are some suggestions to help design a nursery that is safe, functional and comfortable.
• Choose multipurpose convertible furniture.
A great trend in nursery furniture is the four-in-one crib, which can be configured as a crib, toddler bed, day bed and full-sized single bed. The Orbelle Sarah convertible crib combo unit is an excellent example: It consists of clean lines, and rich espresso finish work well with any décor. This piece also features an attached changing table that can be removed and converted to a nightstand when the crib is converted to a bed.
• Look for portable combination pieces.
Parents love the new napper/changer/play yard pieces like the Evenflo Portable BabySuite 300. This unit combines a handy changing table, a full-sized fully detachable bassinet and a safe padded play yard enclosure in portable form for ease in moving from nursery to parents' room to living room. It also folds into a compact case that can be packed in the car for a weekend trip to Grandma's house.
• Make sure there's a cozy chair for mom.
Choose a piece that is comfortable for cuddling, rocking and feeding your baby and that looks good in the nursery and also fits in with the family room décor for when the baby gets older. The Dutailier Modern Glider and Ottoman combo is a great choice because it comes in many colors and fabric choices and has deeply padded arms and thick cushions. The glider is also a multi-position recliner; perfect for catching a nap while the baby sleeps.
• An integrated travel system saves space and money.
Instead of purchasing an infant seat, rocker, car seat and stroller, look for a travel system that combines these components for ease and convenience. The Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 travel system is packed with useful features. It includes the #1 rated key-fit car seat and base and a well-designed, easily collapsible stroller that fits children up to 50 lbs. The detachable car seat also serves as a portable infant seat and rocker and comes with an insert making it safe for infants as small as 4 pounds. The coordinating fabrics come in four colors to match any nursery décor.
• Don't skimp on safety and comfort.
Choose a video monitor like the MobiCam DL Monitoring System that features infrared night vision to keep an eye on baby all night long. The Kidco Outlet Plug Cover provides a physical barrier to electrical outlets with the added benefit of integrated cord storage to minimize tripping hazards. A charming nightlight like the CloudB Twilight Turtle has an illuminated shell and projects a constellation of stars on the ceiling to help baby sleep while providing gentle light for parents to safely navigate the room. CloudB's Sleep Sheep can be tucked into baby's crib and plays four sleep-inducing sounds like mother's heartbeat and ocean waves.
Outfitting the perfect nursery is easier than ever with all the innovative products and furniture on the market. Integrate new designs and features with the age-old standards of function, comfort and safety for a nursery baby—and parents—will love.