How to Design a Safe Nursery that Stimulates your Baby
When a newborn arrives, it brings excitement and a lot of stress, especially for new parents. In this article, we will guide you through some tips for preparing your nursery room so that you can give your baby the best welcome possible.
What your baby experiences
A baby’s nursery is where they spend the vast majority of their time. In between dreams, a baby learns a lot about the world around them. They capture everything they see, touch and hear, to learn and put it into practice. Each awakening is a new opportunity to demonstrate everything they have assimilated while sleeping!
The first months are crucial for a baby to experience and react to sounds, raise their head to see what is going on around them, put their hands to their mouth to explore, follow objects, develop curiosity, grab and drop items, babble and play with sounds, and much more! So if you have the opportunity to design a nursery that stimulates all these senses and reactions, you’ll help and encourage their thinking and intelligence.
The environment in which your baby will grow must be warm, pleasant, and comfortable. A space in which the baby feels protected and clothed. Therefore, it needs to be extremely safe. Use non-toxic paints, furniture with rounded edges, plug, drawer, door and window protectors, as well as radiator covers.
Keep medicines, ointments, and other materials that the baby can put in the mouth safely stored and out of reach. Avoid glass, ceramic, or other objects that can break and harm the baby. All care is little when it comes to protecting you.
It is essential that the baby's room is not overloaded with things. Try to keep soft materials around like stuffed animals and other decorative objects. In the first few months, try to avoid rugs, as they catch many mites and dirt, which can lead to allergies. A room full of objects is more challenging to clean, and cleanliness is an important factor for the baby’s health. The room must also have adequate ventilation and preferably a window where your baby can experience some sunshine and vitamin D.
A crib bumper will serve to protect your baby’s arms and hands from the bars. Do not add anything dangerous to the walls around the crib: shelves and frames should be located in another part of the room, so if they fall, the baby will not even notice and will continue to sleep safely.
2. A gym for the baby
Anything that babies see is a stimulus to them. If you spend so much time in the room, it is best to put new sensations and images within your reach. To do this, use contrasting and intense colors, textures, and objects that move. Baby gyms are designed with stability and security in mind and will provide your little one with a great time developing their abilities.
3. A mirror for self-discovery
For babies, the world is something completely new, even discovering themselves in a mirror is a great adventure! Your children will spend many hours in the crib during the first six months of life, but you can give them great emotions with something you can't even imagine! Some baby gyms or hanging mobiles include small and safe impact-resistant plastic mirrors as part of their toys. This helps them become familiar with their body and their image.
4. Which wall lamp and lighting to install
Lighting is crucial when it’s bedtime, and dim lights can create the perfect atmosphere with tranquility and relaxation and help the baby sleep better. Bedtime will be just as quiet for them as it is for you! The two types of lamps we recommend are one in the center of the ceiling and another in a half-moon format on one of the room walls. The latter, you can use it if the baby needs care at night, without having to be bothered with the strongest light.
The curtains are necessary to control the entrance of natural light during the baby's daytime sleep. It is recommended that we use the ones made of materials that do not trap a lot of dust. The same advice can be applied to the crib protector and the quilt that they are made of a fabric that does not absorb dirt and any type of dust. The simpler the furniture in the room, the better.
Shapes and textures contribute to your baby's sensory and motor development, but we also can’t forget about music. A right mix of stimulating objects like those that have very contrasting colors and soft items like stuffed animals, or balls that produce sound or play music, are great for brain development.
You can choose to place musical toys around so that they are in your baby's field of vision and can arouse their curiosity.
Remember not to get intimidated by the process, and enjoy it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and tips when needed. Consider making a Pinterest board for extra ideas. Remember, it will be an incredible ride and experience that you will love.
WRITTEN BY Isabella
Isabella is Marketing Team Lead and does Content Marketing at Porch. She has an International MBA, and her hobbies are reading, writing, and music.