Welcoming a new baby into the home is one of the most exciting moments in a person’s life. They plan to love, nurture, and spoil the child, and of course, the baby needs a room of their own, a nursery. Nurseries tend to include a crib, dresser, rocking chair, books, and toys. The nursery needs to be practical and useful to the new parents, and it must also be a welcoming environment for the baby to grow and learn.
With the excitement of a new baby, it is easy for first-time parents to spend large amounts of money on the design and decoration of the nursery. It is important to remember, though, that the baby will have many more financial needs and will not spend years and years in the nursery. When designing a nursery, the expert contractors at Hartman Construction say that new parents must create a budget and design the room to change as the child grows.
Creating a budget
With every home remodeling or addition project, a budget is needed. It is wise to count pennies before hiring a contractor or buying extra furniture that may not be needed. Always shop around and do research to get an idea of a price range for every expense of the room. For a nursery, all cribs and baby-friendly furniture must be approved by federal safety standards. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission requires safe and supportive furniture for children. The same regulation applies to the cheapest of cribs to the most expensive, luxurious baby carriages.
Every parent knows their budget for bringing a child into their home. For the more frugal parent, there are ways to reduce costs of a nursery. It is important to only buy what is needed. The newborn baby will not care if it has the fanciest changing table or a pack-and-play. Babies grow quickly and have ever-changing needs, so the nursery accessories that were much-needed last week could be as useless as your maternity clothes come next week. Realizing this can help you save money in the nursery by splurging only on those items that will retain their usefulness for years to come.
Designing for change
In a few short years, the newborn baby will become a toddler. They will outgrow that brand new crib and will want the independence of their own bed. The nursery will function as a play room, toy room, and bedroom. When this happens, it’s likely that all the nursery furniture will be stored in an attic or garage until a new sibling comes along. When designing the nursery as the child is a newborn, consider purchasing furniture that can be universal and will grow with the child.
Bookshelves are always handy to store books, toys, and other necessities, and an end table can be used for the parent rocking the newborn baby or to keep a toddler’s night light. Consider placing a bed in the newborn’s nursery for middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes for the parent. After a time, the child will gradually transition into the bed already located in their bedroom. This is just one example of how to design a nursery to adapt and grow along with your child.
Bringing home a baby is an exciting and memorable experience for all parents. Before new parents begin to design their customized nursery for their child, they must consider the usefulness and cost of their addition. Hartman offers the customer the best possible service each step of the way- from the initial blueprint to the finishing touches on the construction project. For more information on how D. R. Hartman Construction Inc. can assist those looking to improve their home or commercial building for any reason, visit their website at HartmanCanBuild.com today.
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