How to Create a Beautiful and Healthy Nursery on a Budget.
Young parents like to prepare the nursery even before the baby comes into the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to express your creativity and prepare a healthy room to welcome your new baby home. Here are some decorating ideas on a budget to get you started.
- Refresh the colors of the room. It used to be that little girl’s rooms were pink and the little boy’s rooms were blue. When these colors are still a popular option, don’t feel restricted by tradition. Now there are endless possibilities for color. Color can set the mood and evoke feelings of calmness and tranquility, inspire imagination or get us energized. Pastel colors make a room feel spacious and promote comfort, making them the right choice for a baby’s bedroom. Think about soft lilac or buttery yellows paired with sage green.
Many parents prefer bolder primary colors for their child’s room like red, yellow and blue. These also look great and have been shown to stimulate brain activity, but think about booking them for an older child or restricting them to a designated play area in the nursery. Infants need a good deal of sleep and keeping the nursery in calming colors, prevents distraction and overstimulation.
- Paint a Mural. You don’t have to be Picasso, just a little resourceful. Our tips will help you even if you don’t know how to paint! Find a picture you like and want to paint on the nursery wall. Enlarge the picture using a photocopy machine and transfer it to a transparent plastic sheet for an overhead projector. This can be done at a local office supply store. Just project the picture up on the wall, trace, and paint. Remember to allow enough time to finish all the tracing before moving the projector since it’s very difficult to re-position it to match exactly.
If you do not have an overhead projector, you can use a cardboard box and lamp in this way:
Select an uncomplicated figure. Transfer it to a clear plastic sheet.
By removing the bottom of the cardboard box, and strengthening it with tape, you get an improvised projector.
It remains only to put the lamp on the back of the product. Then, trace the lines of the picture on the wall with chalk or pencil.
The most challenging step that requires patience and accuracy. Use all forces not to go beyond the boundaries of the contour.
Perhaps painting tape will help you in your work.
That’s all! The masterpiece is ready!
You need the following items for this work:
🔧 the picture you like, find a not very complicated picture;
🔧 a transparent material such as cellophane or clear plastic sheet;
🔧 cardboard box;
🔧 scotch tape;
🔧 brushes in different sizes;
If the drawing process does not fascinate you at all, create a beautiful nursery or playroom with wall stickers.
- Refurbish Some Furniture. Some furniture contains Particleboard (A.K.A. pressed wood or MDF) that includes the use of formaldehyde from the production procedure. The formaldehyde can then off gas in the furniture to the atmosphere where your baby can breathe the fumes. A crib should always be bought new to make sure that it meets current safety standards so look to see that it is made from solid wood and contains no particle board. Dressers, though, can be bought used and painted with natural or zero VOC paints to complement the design scheme. Used furniture is also a fantastic way to save some cash that could be put toward other essentials, like the organic mattress, bedding and air purifier.
- Add Some Green. They not only look good as a design element, but they also work hard to clean the air. It was tested 12 plants for their ability to remove formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air (Yes…those chemicals are most likely all in your home). Consider placing a Bamboo palm, Dracaena’ Janet Craig’, Mother-in-law’s tongue, Dracaena Marginata, Peace lily, green Spider plant, or golden pothos in the nursery and anywhere else around your home. Based on the study, an 1800 square foot home would need between 15-20 plants to clean the air. Of course, not everyone wants to feel like they live in a jungle but that’s why you’d better have the air purifier.
- Choose a Theme. The theme is something to consider first, but I am putting it one of the last because it will pull everything together. There are endless ideas for nursery themes. You could choose a cartoon character, angels, space, ladybugs, butterflies, cars, sports, and under-the-sea theme… you can’t name them all. Let’s say you decide to go with an under-the-sea theme. You can paint the walls a pale blue color like the Caribbean Sea. Get pictures of sea creatures and paint them on the walls and ceiling. Use the little children’s water shoes for underneath the furniture legs. Buy a new crib, organic mattress and air purifier and find a used dresser in a style you like. You could paint the dresser a sandy color and purchase new draw pulls shaped like fish. When your child outgrows the theme, the furniture is painted a neutral color, and you can change the drawer pulls. Consider a cork floor with a wool or cotton area rug in a sea theme. Top it off by hanging a few pothos plants to give the appearance of seaweed. You’ll have a beautiful nursery that puts the health of your baby first.
- Air purifiers are a great addition to a nursery. They remove dust and bacteria from the air reducing the likelihood of your baby catching a cold or developing asthma. There is a wide range of air purifiers on the market to choose from. The best will have HEPA or HEGA filtration and will also remove gasses from the air. Beware of air purifiers that contain ionizers as they may release ozone into the air which is harmful to lung tissue, especially for those with asthma. Air purifiers are available in a wide range of prices but also consider how much it will cost to operate in terms of electricity and replacement filters. Think about how noisy a unit is while running. If you can’t leave it on while your baby sleeps, it will not do serve many purposes in the nursery. Air purifiers designed explicitly for a baby’s nursery that come in pink and blue and make a “white noise” which helps your baby to fall asleep are available. Now that will allow you both to rest easy!
Why is it important to choose a new organic mattress?
An organic cotton and wool crib mattress is an essential item for a healthy nursery. Ordinary mattresses were sprayed with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (nicknamed PBDEs). This was widely used and is still used but to a lesser extent; in some countries, this substance is prohibited. Several animal studies have found that PBDEs build up in the body over time and exposure during critical growth periods may cause irreversible reproductive and nervous system damage. PBDEs are chemically similar to PCB’s which were banned in 1976 after they were found to cause cancer and affect the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems in animals. PBDEs are already banned in Europe, but unfortunately, they still can be used in other countries. Although it may seem like you never get any sleep with a newborn in the house, babies actually do a lot of sleeping–about 60% of their first year! That is a lot of time to spend in close contact with a mattress treated with PBDEs. Don’t worry that you will have to trade off fire safety for general health. The wool in organic mattresses acts to regulate temperature as well as being naturally fire retardant without the addition of any synthetic chemicals.
While we’re talking organic, opt for organic sheets to go along with that mattress. Most baby bedding contains cotton, which is the second most heavily pesticide-treated crop. The pesticides used on cotton are also some of the most toxic. Choosing organic bedding will ensure that your baby is not in close contact with any pesticide residues while they are sleeping.