Post # 32
the wall color is very important to brain development- you should to do some resarch into it.
We paited a Nursery at the daycare I worked at years ago and picked a soft yellow for a reason the directer had done reserach on the colors affects on infants.
Post # 33
Are you planing on having more than one baby? My friend knew she was having kids fairly close together, and she had several potential rooms available, so she decorated one room as a nursery in a sweet, gender neutral theme.
Her first baby, a boy, slept there for a year and a half until her second baby, another boy was born. Then they took the bedroom right next to the nursery and turned it into a “boys” room – painted it blue and got adorable bunk beds the boys can grow into. Her first son is now sleeping on the bottom bunk of the boys room, at about 2 years old, and her second son is sleeping in the nursery.
They are probably done with 2 kiddos, but if they decide to have a third, their second son will be moved to the boys room and new baby would sleep in the nursery. That way she only pays to paint and decorate the nursery once for all her babies to use and she can put more time and money into their big kid rooms.
Post # 34
This thread is quite interesting. For my first Dear Daughter we simply painted her walls light blue. The theme was Disney Princesses. The blue matched Cinderella’s dress.
For the twins we painted green and purple stripes on the top 1/2 of the walls, purple was on the bottom. The decorations were butterflies, ladybugs and dragonfly framed prints. The window valances were green. My mom made the bedding. I adored this room and didn’t plan on ever changing it. But, I divorced and we moved.
We’re in a rental now. I’ll paint the baby’s room a nuetral color and put up prints of frogs, turtles and ducks. My mom said she’d make the bedding again.
Now that the girls are older (9,7,7) I got them frames for their posters and we’ll hang them up soon. I can’t stand the look of unframed posters.
Post # 35
We decorated a nursery for Dear Daughter and it was worth it because I spend a good amount of time in there feeding her and the way the room is decorated always makes me feel happy, even when I’m exhausted.
I planned to have Dear Daughter sleep in our bedroom for the first 4-6 months and that was an epic fail. She started sleeping in the nursery at 1 month old so I was in there every night/early morning feeding her from that point on. I like to think she likes her room, too. 🙂
Post # 36
Re – Sleeping Arrangements
There have been several posts in this topic about Beds etc. Maybe my sharing my experiences might also be helpful.
We used a variety of items when the kids were infants to approx 18 months old… depending on where we were
NEWBORN – Baby slept in a Cradle in our MBedroom for aprox 2 months time. If we travelled anywheres they slept in a Moses Basket / Basinet that we had. This item was also used sometimes in our own home if the baby was napping and I wasn’t also… I could safely have them nap in the Moses Basket / Basinet in the Living Room while I was say doing chores in the Kitchen.
(Remembering that when I had my kids, there were virtually NO Baby Monitors… hence WHY it was important to have a baby nearby / within ear-shot)
3 MONTHS – Baby was moved to the Crib in the Nursery. And if we travelled we now took along a Playpen that served also as their bed (we utilized the Playpen until they were about 18 months old… by 2 years old, they were climbing out of it… so it became less effective. The exception was when it came to Camping… it was a great way to keep a small one up off the cold / damp ground until they were 3-ish, and had better luck at staying inside a Sleeping Bag on a air matress)
The Crib got used until the child was about 18 months to 2 years old… altho by then they were climbing out of it on their own.
By 2 YEARS OLD – Our Crib came apart to form a Toddler Bed. Sometimes we used this feature… othertimes we didn’t
By 3 YEARS OLD – They were in Twin Sized Beds… made of solid hardwood (matched the Nursery Furniture) and could be used seperately or stacked into a bunkbed.
By 12 YEARS OLD – They moved into Double Beds
By 18 YEARS OLD – Moved onto College Dorms or their own Apartments… often took their Double Bed with them.
Hope this helps,
Post # 37
I’m very minimalistic when it comes to decorating. I prefer neutral coloured walls…our whole house is white and beige. The room we’re using for a nursery was already beige/tan so I just left it that colour. I plan to put a shelf on the wall but other than that, my nursery is done. I can’t handle being in rooms that are too busy and have a bunch of stuff all over the walls…it’s just a personal preference. I want the room to feel calm and peaceful since I’ll be spending a lot of time in there.
If I were you I would totally paint the room white or another neutral colour and then add Dr. Seuss accents. That way when the baby is older you can easily change the accents to whatever your child is into at that time and you don’t have to repaint the entire room. 🙂
Post # 38
@alishaloo: That’s interesting because I studied colour theory in college and I’ve heard that yellow makes babies cry and that people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms!
Post # 39
We only have a one bedroom apartment, so a nursery wouldn’t be possible for us, but it would have been a waste anyway. Our 7 week old won’t sleep anywhere but in my arms in our bed, or short amounts of time in her swing. We were going to cosleep in the same room for at least the first 6 months anyway, but didn’t plan for the bed sharing. I’d keep the room you intend for him a neutral paint color, nothing too babyish.