Whether preparing for a boy or girl you can plan that fabulous nursery on a budget and in no time at all. And the perfect nursery tips include a cradle mattress.
The most important piece of furniture you'll add to the room is your cradle. In the early months your baby will spend a great deal of time tucked into the cradle.
Start by replacing the mattress in your cradle or crib. There has been a great deal of change in infant mattresses so why take any chances. For under $20 you can replace an old cradle mattress with a 2 inch fire retardant, washable foam mattress.
Your nursery needs to be a place that's peaceful, comfortable, and calm for both you and baby. You will want adequate storage, and easy access to supplies. It's amazing how much “stuff" a baby needs. All of these bits and pieces should be secure but also easy to access.
You should also add a comfortable chair. A rocker is always my top pick. It's a great place to comfort baby in the wee hours of the morning and to get away from those more hectic moments.
Choose window coverings that accent the nursery theme. It's a good idea if you choose a covering that can easily darken the room and just easily let the light in. During nap times you'll want to limit the amount of light streaming in through a window.
Your floor covering is really up to you. Hardwood is easy to maintain but not very cozy so you'd want to add a couple of nursery area rugs. The benefit to hardwood is the ease of cleaning. You might also consider a nice plush carpet.
Your changing table should be conveniently located and it should have a chest of drawers located underneath. This is where you can keep the diapers, wipes, creams, and such. If you've got extra room you can store some clothing in these drawers too.
A toy box is a great addition. Of course in the early months it will get little use but it looks great and it's the perfect place to store all those toys that your infant seems to accumulate.
Have some fun with the décor. There's all kinds of great borders, crib sets, and full nursery sets available. From cartoons to cuddly to nursery rhymes. How about three little pigs or humpty dumpty? Or perhaps a room of butterflies, puppies, or bunnies? Maybe farm animals are your idea of cute?
Make your baby's room feel warm and inviting. Choose colors and themes that will last through the first year. After that you'll be ready to give it a face lift as your child enters a new era in life.
You can add accessories that are sex related after the baby's birth. A pink bunny or a blue mobile. Or you could add wall art that's depicts boy or girl.
Designing a nursery is one of the best decorating projects you will ever do. It's enlightening, fun, refreshing, and so exciting because your baby's birth will be here before you know it.
Catherine has been a salesperson for a bedding store for the last 15 years and enjoys helping customers select the right products for maximum comfort and support. Come to http://www.mbwl.net to get free advice on evaluating mattresses and tips on how to buy a mattress .