Planning for a new baby is an exciting time. There are a lot of decisions to be made, including choosing a nursery theme. Before you head straight to your local department store, however, you might want to spend a little time gathering ideas. Here's how to choose baby nursery themes.
- Planning Folder-When people begin redecorating a house, they often refer back to their planning folders. Why not use the same strategy as you choose the theme for your baby's nursery? Many parents-to-be begin planning long before the anticipated birth of their child. The earlier you begin, the more time you have to hunt for bargains and organize your thoughts and ideas. Fill a folder with magazine pictures, computer print-outs, material swatches, and paint samples. Every so often, sift through the items you have accumulated in your folder, and throw out things you know you won't use. Eventually, you'll have narrowed your choices down somewhat, and you'll see a pattern to the themes you favor. Do you like stripes or plaids? Do you want solid walls or wallpaper? Do you want animals or flowers?
- Check Out the Internet-The decorating world is at your fingertips with just a click of your mouse. In many cases, home decorating sites will give you easy themes to help you narrow your choices. Decide which designs and themes you like the best, and place them in a file or favorites folder on your computer. Print out any themes or ideas that you particularly favor and place them in your planning folder.
- Visit Local Stores-Department stores typically have extensive baby sections. You can find crib sets that often include curtains and even wall decorations, making your decision quite a bit easier. Many themed sets also have matching accessories that you can purchase separately, including lamps, figurines, picture frames, stuffed animals, etc. For someone who doesn't want to make decisions on every item that goes into a nursery, this is the perfect option. Visiting your local department stores and baby specialty shops can also give you some good ideas about what you like and don't like. If you see a particular item that you'd love to have but can't quite afford, check back periodically to see if it has been placed on sale. Stores often clear out certain lines at different periods throughout the year, and seasonal sales are especially popular.
- Gender Issues-Many parents want to wait until they find out the gender of their baby before choosing a nursery theme. If you are one of them, don't worry. You'll have plenty of options that are gender specific to choose from. Girl themes might include ribbons and bows, flowers, hearts, or dolls. Boy themes might include cowboys, farms, race cars, construction sets, emergency vehicles, and sports. Of course there are also plenty that will work well for either a boy or a girl, including teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh characters, Sesame Street characters, and other popular storybook or television characters.
- Find a Starting Point-Many parents prefer beginning with a crib set and basing the rest of the theme on this one item. You can purchase your crib set first, then take your cues for paint and accessories from the color and décor of the set. Others prefer choosing a favorite paint color and searching for material and patterns that match. Whichever method you choose, picking one item at a time and working around that item is typically the easiest way to decorate any room, including your baby's nursery.
- Quick Changes-No matter how much we'd love to slow our children down, they grow up fast. If you like changing wall colors and accessories, then you may want to plan a nursery that is specifically designed for an infant, knowing that you'll easily change the theme as your baby grows. However, if you are one of those people who hates change, consider a nursery theme that can easily be adapted to your child as he grows from a small newborn into a preschooler and beyond.