Checklist: Nursery Decorating

Taken from here.

A few things to keep in mind as you put together baby’s nursery:

[In progress  ] Finish all painting and wallpapering at least eight weeks before baby is expected, and leave windows open for aeration until the actual arrival. These activities release potentially harmful fumes, but finishing them early should eliminate any risk to baby.

While I’m still not committed to the color, I’ve mostly finished cutting in the trim. [Argh, people who do a sloppy job of painting and get it all over trim should be sent to a special level of homeowner hell.]  I think we’ll have to paint the ceiling, but I’m waiting to break the news to the mister since he’ll have to do it. Lucky guy. (Don’t tell him, you’ll ruin the surprise.)

[Hadn’t thought of this but my theoretical furniture plan still works ] Notice where light enters the room. Don’t put the crib somewhere that receives direct sunlight in the morning or is under a streetlight all night.

[Check  ] Check that none of the crib slats are more than two and 3/8 inches apart, and that all the bolts and screws are tight. Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and crib, and look out for any small parts or plastic coverings.

[Check  ] Keep comforters and pillows out of the crib — they could suffocate baby. If a pretty blanket came with the crib set, try hanging it on the wall or using it on the rocking chair.

[Check  ] Make sure there’s room to replace the crib with a bed once baby is ready.

[Check  ] Use wood or cork floor or area rugs rather than wall-to-wall carpet if you can. They’re all easier to clean, and don’t harbor as much allergy-inducing dust.

[  ] Secure rugs to the floor with double-side tape. Wouldn’t want one to slip while baby’s in your arms!

Haven’t found a rug I like. I want it to be “green like grass” and not too precious, but soft and modern. Yea, good luck with that, I know.

[Argh  ] Figure out how much storage space you’ll need… then put in more. Almost without fail, parents underestimate the amount of stuff they’ll acquire.

Our former roommate’s crap is both in the closet and all over the soon-to-be-nursery. He lives out of town, hasn’t made time to clean it out. We don’t have much choice but to be his movers in addition to his storage facility. I am annoyed. My husband is annoyed that I’m annoyed and keep asking him to ask his friend to deal with his stuff.

[Half-check  ] Don’t forget somewhere for you to sit, and make it comfy. You’ll spend lots of time reading and rocking in that chair.

[Uh oh  ] Keep all diaper supplies close to the changing table, so you don’t have to move far from baby to reach anything.

I bought a vintage dresser I figured I’d use for the kid’s stuff and as a changing table, but am rethinking because the drawers are a PITA to open and close. Also, the top is fake-wood laminate (applied over real walnut, go figure) and needs to be painted or something. I might trade it out for the one in the living room, except my husband likes that one and hates this new one. I could use the behemoth desk already living in the nursery (yay for lots of work space) but it lacks storage.

[Check – half?  ] Place furniture away from the windows, and use window guards. Also, cut off any blind or curtain cords, or put them up out of reach.

Sort of. We haven’t bought the blinds, so maybe I should leave this as a half-check.

[  ] Anchor all heavy furniture to the wall so it won’t fall over if accidentally bumped.

Crap, really?

Paula Kashtan

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3 thoughts on “Checklist: Nursery Decorating

  1. Check Overstock.com (or O.co, as they are trying to rebrand themselves) for a carpet/rug. I was in the market for one lately and they have TONS to choose from and cheap shipping! Good luck!

    Ha! Just read the other comment and realized I’m giving *the same* advice. So, there ya go…good press for Overstock all around. 🙂

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