Getting Ready for Baby

POSTED BY: Kelly Mills
Friday, October 15, 2010 - 04:40 PM
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Nursery Decorating

Like any type of interior decorating, nursery themes go in and out of style.

 "You see a shift between softer colors at during time periods. Right now we're using softer colors. The bright primaries may come back into style again," says Sherry Stewart, interior designer.

Currently the economy is having an effect on nurseries. More parents are sticking with yellows and greens.

"A lot of people want to keep the nursery neutral because they're going to use it again for another child, so in those cases we recommend staying away from blues or pinks," she says.

You can also save money by opting for a convertible crib.

"They can be used and go into a junior bed, the front rails and the back rails become head board and foot board for twin beds," Stewart says.

If you choose to re-use an older crib there are several precautions you need to take to ensure it meets today's standards.

"You have to first make sure that is isn't on the safety recall list and hasn't been a recalled crib," says Erin Burris, childbirth educator.

 "Check it to be sure that it doesn't have any type of lead on it. Take a drawer to one of the better paint stores and obtain their expert opinion," says Stewart.

Also, crib rails should be no wider than a pop can width apart. When it comes to accessorizing this focal point of the nursery, keep it simple.

"Just mainly the baby on a flat mattress with the crib cover over it and that's about it," says Burris.

That means no bumper pads, stuffed animals, pillows or even blankets in the crib. They all increase the risk for SIDs.

To top off your nursery add a room darkening window treatment- just be careful to secure any cords.


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