Tuesday 25 October 2016

Reclaim Your Room After Your Baby Moves Out

When you're preparing for a baby, decorating a nursery is often one of the top tasks on the list. However, for many parents, the baby won't sleep in their nursery until they're a few months old. Many parents have their little one in a bassinet or cot by their own bed, whilst some parents even choose to co-sleep -  although it can be a controversial choice. This means that for several months, your grown-up bedroom can be taken over by the baby and when they do move out, you might feel like the room still doesn't belong to you. Giving it a makeover can help you reclaim it and make sure that the nursery is the baby zone from now on.

Image Credit
Remove Baby Paraphernalia
The first thing you want to do is remove any baby items, you might still want to have a cuddle in bed with your little one, however, you no longer need to have a cot, mobile, changing mat or any other baby essentials! You can keep all of those items in their room because it doesn't need to be in such easy reach of your bed anymore. Start by moving any furniture if you chose to have a cot or perhaps a chest of drawers for your baby's clothes, then you can make sure you remove any odds and ends, from nightlights to soft toys.

Repaint the Walls
If you want to give your room a new look, repainting or wallpapering will help you. You can reclaim the room and make sure it's an adults-only space again - or, at least, it will be at night. This is a new stage in your life, and moving your baby to their own room might make you feel a little melancholy. Giving your room a new look can get you excited about it, instead of feeling sad! When your baby came along, you might have made the room into a more calming environment, but it's good for you to have a calming space too so that you can sleep better as we all know sleep is a thing of the pass when you become a parent! 

Image Credit.

Reclaim the Space
Now that you've removed the baby things, you should have more space in your room and deciding what to do with that space could be difficult. You might put your room back to how it was before your baby arrived, or perhaps you'll leave the space empty, especially if you have a small room. However, you might consider rearranging things or bringing in some new furniture to fill the space you have left. Maybe you can replace the crib with a chest of drawers or an armchair, the good thing is, you can do what you want with it now that there are no baby items taking the space up!

Open Up the Room
When you moved your baby in, you might have separated the room - curtains or even sturdy pieces of furniture can be excellent dividers to create privacy. However, when your baby is settled in their own room, you can have all the space to yourself so you might want to remove these features or move furniture against the wall. You don't have to have any dividers in the middle of the room if you don't want them anymore but on the other hand, you might decide to keep them! You could use the space as an office or something else - maybe a comforting area with your favourite books for when you need some time alone.

Treat Yourself to a New Bed
You've had plenty of sleepless nights in your current bed - in fact, it wouldn't be surprising if you associated it with waking you up every few hours! Your baby might be sleeping through the night now so you can sleep a little more peacefully, even if they still wake up, you won't wake with their every movement when they're in a different room! Treating yourself to a new bed could help you have a fresh start with better sleep, but if you don't want to replace the frame, take a look at kingsized mattresses and just get a new mattress instead. Investing in a quality one could give you years of excellent sleep and it will be better for your back and your body in general, as well as helping you to sleep more soundly.

Image Credit.

Refresh the Bedding
Another thing to treat yourself to is some new bedding as who knows what your current bedding has seen during those newborn stages? If you want to change your bedroom from baby-space to adult-space, new bedding is a quick, cheap and easy way to do it! A new duvet cover set and even a new duvet can make a huge difference to your bedroom, and thinking back - when was the last time you replaced it? You deserve to give your bed a new look so that you can reclaim it as yours! Although, don't hold out for never having a child in it again!

Add Frills and Accessories
When you have your baby in your room, minimal design is often best. You don't want a picture frame to fall off the wall and into their cot and you wouldn't want them accidentally grabbing something they shouldn't have! Once they've moved out, you don't need to be as careful, so you can be more liberal with fun accessories, and they don't need to be teddy bears or mobiles! Add some decoration to your room by hanging some photos or putting out potted plants, or even a mirror as there's less need to worry about whether it's baby-appropriate or not.

Baby Monitors: Keep It Simple
Now that your baby is in another room, you're going to need to keep a baby monitor with you. You may already have one, but you might be considering a new one for your bedroom now its had a makeover! Monitors now come in several different types - you can have standard audio ones or video ones, and some can also monitor your baby's breathing, temperature, and a lot more! However, for a calmer bedroom, you should consider keeping it simple, being able to watch your baby's every move and track their vitals could make you hypervigilant - unless there's a medical reason to monitor them so closely, go with the traditional baby monitor and keep it simple.

Having your bedroom back, at least partially, can feel great. Give it a makeover to make it feel like it's yours again.

Jada x


Post a Comment