Before you get started on decorating your baby’s nursery you may want to think ahead a few years when you have a toddler or preschooler on your hands.
Some parents get short sighted and only think about the first year of their baby’s life and how fun it can be decorating the nursery for a little baby, but if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon it’s a smart idea to think ahead as well.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still design a wonderful nursery for a baby, but it does mean that you should just keep in mind that your baby isn’t going to be a baby forever.
Unless you do plan on re-decorating your baby’s whole room in 3-4 years, then plan ahead and follow these tips for decorating your nursery so that it will grow with your child.
Use Removable Wall Decals to Decorate the Walls
Instead of using any type of wallpaper or painting any type of elaborate mural on the walls, consider using removable wall decals instead.
There are so many great options when it comes to wall decals and best of all they don’t leave any type of residue or damage behind on the walls. This means you can simply peel them off and change around the theme of the room in minutes.
Wall decals are fairly inexpensive and can be a great way to save money decorating the nursery.
Use Furniture That Can Be Used As Your Child Gets Older
Instead of getting furniture for the nursery that you will only need when your child is a baby, opt for pieces that can pull double duty and be used as your child gets older.
For example, instead of just using a regular changing table, use a dresser with a removable changing pad that can be used as a simple dresser in the future. This way you get the changing table for your baby and then you don’t have to buy any additional furniture when your child outgrows the table and needs more space for clothes.
Another good idea is to buy a convertible baby crib so that you can use it as a toddler bed or use it as a twin bed frame when your kid outgrows the crib. There are lots of different convertible baby cribs that will convert several different ways and can be a good way to save you money on a future bed frame for your child.
Skip The “Baby Themes” For The Nursery
If you really want a room that will grow with your child, skip the typical “baby themes” for the nursery. Instead of doing an animal or cuddly teddy bear themed nursery, pick one based on a color schemed or a classic pattern you like such as chevron or polka dots.
There are lots of ways that you can still make your baby’s nursery comfortable and kid-like without going all out in baby stuff. Although it may seem like a good idea before your little one arrives you may not think it was that good when your 3 year old tells you he can’t stand the “baby” stuff in his room.
Don’t Forget About Storage Space In The Room
When you start designing your baby’s room it can be easy to forget that as he gets older he is going to have more stuff. Things like more clothes, more toys, and just more stuff in general.
Be sure that you plan for plenty of storage space in the room to grow with your child. It’s really easy for a child to start outgrowing a room when you don’t organize and plan properly.
This could mean getting a closet organizer so that you can utilize as much space as possible as he gets older.
It could also mean that the decor of the room also pulls double duty as the storage space. A small bookcase with cloth bins could be used to store baby items like blankets and diapers and when the child gets older it could be used to store books and toys instead.
Keep The Nursery Simple
Truthfully in the beginning the nursery decor is more for the parents rather than for the child. Your baby doesn’t know if the wall color matches perfectly to their fitted crib sheet or not. Or if you bought the latest and greatest when it comes to boutique style baby bedding.
If you really want to save some money and allow your toddler to have some say in the look of their room, keep the nursery for your baby really simple. This may involve neutral wall colors like tan, grey, and yellow that can easily be adapted into other color schemes and themes.
It may also mean going with a simple crib bedding set and only a few decals or decorations on the wall.
Once your child turns into a toddler you can ask for their input on what they would like in their room. You can even wait till they are preschool age and allow them to really choose what they want so that you know they will like the design of the room for years to come.
You can still have a wonderful and beautiful nursery for your baby and have it grow with your child. Just be sure to try to think ahead and plan for years instead of only for the first two years of your little one’s life.