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How to Design a Nursery that Will Grow with Your Child

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Before you embark on the exciting task of decorating your baby’s nursery, you may want to fast forward the clock a few years. One day your newborn will grow into a preschooler who, like it or not, will inevitably have tastes and opinions of his or her own. So unless you want to chuck everything and start from scratch, you may want to consider designing an “age neutral” nursery.  Not only will this prevent some unwanted debates between you and a young opinionated child, but it can also save you a little money.

Here are 8 ways to design a nursery that will grow with your child:

1.  When choosing a color palette, think beyond the traditional baby pink and baby blue. Bright colors like turquoise, lime green, and tangerine are fun for babies, yet sophisticated enough to suit an older child.

2.  Or, think about combining traditional baby colors with more mature hues, such as gray or taupe. Yellow & gray and blue & khaki nurseries are gorgeous yet more sophisticated.

3.  If you’re designing your nursery for the long haul, definitely opt for paint rather than wallpaper. Painted walls can be easily re-painted but it’s difficult to remove old wallpaper.  As far as color, neutral colors are more timeless. Cream, white, taupe and beige all work well as backdrops to any room, allowing you to introduce other colors through bedding and room décor that can be easily swapped out later.

4.  Consider using eco-friendly wall décor on your wall to form cute and stylish designs.  Check out these lines of wall art and wall graphics.  So much easier and more flexible than wallpaper or decorative borders, wall art is easy to remove when your 6 year old starts to object to the cute little fish swimming around his room because he wants skateboards instead.

5.  Use inexpensive decorative pillows, curtains and rugs that you can easily replace with pieces reflecting your child’s tastes as she grows. Just make sure not to put the pillows in the baby’s crib.

6.  Buy convertible furniture or pieces that can be used differently as your child grows. For instance, a dresser can double as a changing table by simply adding a 4-sided foam changing pad found at any baby store. And, the rising popularity of cribs that convert to twin beds make it easier than ever before to find a style, and price point, that suits you. And make sure to purchase full-sized furniture instead of miniature versions often sold for nurseries.

7.  Use bulletin boards to display your toddler’s drawings while he’s young and his favorite posters as he gets older. This will also prevent holes in the walls.

8.  Forgo themes and go with more sophisticated crib bedding.  Carousel Designs offers several gorgeous, age-neutral bedding designs that combine sophisticated fabrics and textures and will stand the test of time. And because we sell all of our fabrics by the yard, you can have additional items made to customize your baby’s room now, and later and she grows!

Readers, are there any tricks to designing an “age-neutral” nursery that you’ve discovered?

I Love You, Baby

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I love you! Aren’t those wonderful words to hear?  You feel so important especially if those words are backed up with actions. That doesn’t always mean gifts. Although gifts are nice, there are many other things that can be done to put meaning behind those words I love you.

Think about your baby – what do they do to show that they love you? Certainly it’s not buying you some roses and a box of chocolates even though that would be impressive. No, the love of a baby is something so precious, so tender, that it can be called priceless.

We may think there aren’t many ways that a baby shows love, but there are actually several. I found a few online articles that detail the many expressions of baby love.

Warning – If you don’t have a baby yet, you’ll want one after reading these!

BabyCenter – In the online article 7 signs your baby loves you, it shares with us the tender feeling that a baby express through staring into your eyes, giving you a big sweet smile, and crying for attention. That actually sounds a lot like how I express myself! Don’t think of it as immaturity, think of it as innocence. Okay – I know the crying should only work for babies and toddlers. – Similar to the BabyCenter article, How Babies Show Their Love, shares the genuine love babies show. It highlights different ages from 0 -12 months and shows that with each month the love grows stronger and stronger. One of my favorites was 7 MONTHS: Raises his arms to be held. Once he has the motor skills to grab for his favorite toys, he’ll start grabbing for you, too. How sweet is that? I told you, you’re going to want a baby.

Attachment ParentingBonding with Your Newborn, written by William Sears, MD., gets a bit more technical. It shares a little bit more of how mom and dad show their love to the new baby.
“Bonding allows you to transfer your life-giving love for the infant inside to caregiving love on the outside. Inside, you gave your blood; outside, you give your milk, eyes, hands, and voice–your entire self.” Dr. Sears article really shows the importance of bonding with your baby, and he provides 7 Tips For Better Bonding – it’s so, so sweet.

Return your babies love with some sweet hugs and kisses or swaddle them in a soft baby blanket like the one in our Love Birds collection. What does your little baby do that melts your heart? Share your sweet story with us.