The necessities in a nursery make up the room. All of the items you borrow or buy for the nursery should be child-safe and functional. Begin planning your baby’s nursery by taking a good look at the space. Imagine the room with each of its necessities in places: the crib, changing table, lighting, window treatments, and flooring. Measure the room to determine each of the elements that are necessary in decorating your baby’s nursery.

The first item that may come to mind is the crib. The crib is often the focal point of a nursery. There are four types of cribs: standard, convertible, round, and custom cribs. Each of these types comes in varying styles. The main things to keep in mind when selecting a crib for the nursery are your baby’s safety and comfort.

The mattress you select for your baby’s crib should fit snugly. It should also be fairly heavy – the heavier the mattress, the sturdier it is. The bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, etc.) are necessary to consider when selecting a crib for your baby. Just remember to keep the bedding simple – clean and object-free – for your baby’s safety.

A changing table consists of a flat surface where a changing pad can be placed. There are many types of changing tables to choose from for your baby’s nursery. Some changing tables have open shelves underneath, some have closed cabinets, and some have decorative baskets in which to store diapers, creams, etc.

You will want to find a changing table for the nursery that is sturdy and has room for storage. A changing table can be anything, really – it can be a table, a piece of furniture with storage underneath, or any flat surface on which you will place a changing pad. A changing table can be a hand-me-down or something you purchased.

A comfortable chair is necessary in a nursery for feeding or rocking your baby to sleep. It should be something that works for you, whether it is an overstuffed chair with an ottoman, a glider, or a rocker. Just keep in mind that it has to be comfortable and usable for years to come.

You may also want to consider a single bed or daybed for your baby’s nursery. It will certainly come in handy when you have to get up in the middle of the night to feed him or her. It is also a comfortable place where you can take a quick nap during the day while the baby is sleeping. Throw a couple pillows on the bed for nursing or to use as back support.

Lighting is an important aspect of your baby’s nursery. Overhead lighting is the safest way to light a baby’s room. A lamp or nightlight will provide a soft glow to see by at night.

Next, consider the style you are going for. There are a number of ways in which to dress up the walls in your baby’s nursery: wallpaper can be used either to cover up the entire room or to add as a decorative border; and painted murals, stamps, and stencils will add a personal touch to the nursery’s walls.

When choosing a window treatment for the nursery, take into account the light-blocking properties you need. If you would like to keep it dim, consider a blackout shade along with a decorative curtain.

Hard floors may not protect a fall, but they are easy to clean and are free of allergens. If your baby’s nursery has a hard floor (wood, tile, cement, etc.), place decorative area rugs over it. Wall-to-wall carpeting may be more comfortable, but carpeting holds a lot of dust.

Your baby’s nursery is a place where the two of you will spend a lot of time bonding, whether this is feeding baby or changing a dirty diaper. It is also a place where your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping comfortably. Before even beginning to decorate your baby’s nursery, take a good look at the space. Then envision the room in a way that will be functional, as well as aesthetically-pleasing.