October 7th, 2015 by ocnews
Pick an inspiration piece to guide the rest of the nursery decor and theme. Look for a pillow, bedding set, curtains or piece of fabric that creates the feeling you want for the nursery. How to use an under crib storage properly?
Pull a color palette from your inspiration piece that works for either a boy or a girl. Green and yellow are two popular colors for gender-neutral rooms. Blue also works for a gender-neutral room, even though it is traditionally considered a boy color. Add black, gray or brown as an accent color for contrast. Color combination ideas include gray with red, yellow with turquoise and blue with brown.
Choose a gender-neutral theme that works with the inspiration piece and palette you chose. Ideas include birds, insects, zoo animals, nursery rhymes, alphabet, beach or a favorite kids’ book.
Paint the walls in one of the gender-neutral colors from your palette. A light wall color brightens the room and allows wall decor to stand out, while dark or bright colors create a bold look in the nursery.
Hang wall decor that fits your selected nursery theme. For an alphabet theme, hang painted wooden letters, for example. Position wall hangings and decor away from the crib or changing table so the items don’t fall down on your baby.
Cover the crib mattress with a snug fitted crib sheet in a color that matches the theme and room palette. Skip the pillow-style bumper pads, which are considered unsafe by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Choose a mesh-style bumper pad if you want one in the crib. Keep all pillows and blankets out of the crib, as they present a smothering risk.
Accent the room with colorful or themed items, such as lamps, rugs and pillows for the rocking chair. Choose colors that contrast and complement the colors in the rest of the room. For example, place a white lamp with white shade on the dresser next to a chocolate-brown wall.
1. Exposing Baby to Dangerous Chemicals
While most expectant mothers have a healthy fear of paint fumes, many are unaware that their beautiful new crib or stylish accent rug could also expose their baby to nasty and potentially dangerous chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, new furniture, carpet, mattresses, and even rugs and window dressings can contain many of the same volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, found in paint. These chemicals evaporate over time but, in the process, create fumes that can irritate the eyes, nose and throat; trigger headaches, dizziness and nausea; and can even damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system.
While the potential effects of VOCs are frightening, exposure is relatively easy to prevent. Be sure to get your nursery underway early, so there will be plenty of time for any new and chemical-laden furniture or accessories to air out before you introduce them to baby. Choose low-odor, interior paint for your baby’s nursery, and consider passing on the new carpet and installing wood flooring instead. Leave cabinets and drawers open and empty of any clothing, and resist the urge to set up any baby bedding until your baby’s mattress has had sufficient time to air out.
Still concerned about the dangers associated with chemical off-gassing? Consider going organic. Learn how to create a more natural baby nursery here.
2. Improperly Installing Curtains
You’ve probably already taken the time to childproof your windows, ensuring that they close properly and are free of any cords or strings that pose a strangling hazard, but have you considered the safety of your window dressings?
Curtains that are improperly installed or insufficiently fixed can fall on your child. To prevent head injuries, ensure that all curtain hardware is either fixed directly to a wall stud or secured with the appropriate dry wall anchors. Never use tension rods. They are flimsy at best, and one good tug on the curtain fabric will send them hurtling toward your toddler’s head.
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