How to transform your baby’s nursery into a cosy haven

Expert Advice 24 May 24 By

Toddler girl in cute yellow sleeveless all-in-our carries a toy bunny by its ears, walking barefoot on a lovely carpet with sheet curtains in the background

Small changes can make a big cosy difference

Creating the perfect nursery is about nurturing a space where your baby feels secure, loved and at ease. It’s a place where you and your little one will spend a lot of time, so it’s important to make it cosy and welcoming.

It’s recommended that babies spend the first six to nine months sleeping in the same room as their parents. But once they’re ready to move out on their own, the fun of creating a nursery for them begins.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or sprucing up an existing room, these simple yet effective tips will help you build a cosy haven that grows with your child.

Easy ways to make your baby or toddler room comfortable

Soften natural light with sheer curtains

Lighting sets the mood and influences your baby’s sleep patterns. For instance, soft, filtered light can change the feel of a nursery by making it warm and welcoming. Sheer curtains available at Carpet Court are perfect for this.

These curtains moderate the natural light that enters the room, cutting down on glare while still keeping the space bright in a gentle, soothing way. This kind of lighting is ideal for helping your baby nap during the day without the room feeling overly bright or stark.

Cosy baby's nursery with a white and wooden cot, sheet curtains and an armchair
Creating a cosy environment benefits parents as well as their child. (Image: Simon Shiff)

Choose soft, soothing colours

The colour palette you pick sets the mood for your baby’s nursery. Soft, soothing shades like pale blue, light grey and creamy yellow are excellent options.

These colours are gentle on the eyes and make the room look and feel gentle and peaceful. In this calming environment, you and your baby can relax more during nighttime feedings and nappy changes. Your little one can sleep more restfully, too.

You’ll spend a lot of time in your child’s nursery, so you need to be comfy too. (Image: Simon Shiff)

Incorporate comfortable furniture

Furniture is essential when setting up your baby’s nursery, and comfort and practicality should go hand in hand when selecting pieces.

If you’re moving your baby from a co-sleeper bassinet or similar, you’ll need to start with the basics: a sturdy, comfy cot where your baby will spend a lot of their time. Opt for a model that can grow with your child, such as a convertible cot that can later transform into a toddler bed.

For those countless hours you’ll spend feeding or soothing your baby, a cosy armchair or a rocking chair can be a lifesaver. Look for one that offers good support and soft cushioning. Adding a dresser that doubles as a changing table can streamline your nursery setup by keeping essentials within easy reach while maintaining a clutter-free space.

Toddler girl in cute yellow sleeveless all-in-our carries a toy bunny by its ears, walking barefoot on a lovely carpet with sheet curtains in the background
As well as adding personality, curtains offer privacy and reduce glare. (Image: Supplied)

Optimise the lighting

Effective lighting in a nursery is essential for visibility and setting the room’s atmosphere and mood. Adjustable lighting is helpful here. It lets you switch between bright light for playtime and softer light for quieter moments like naps, winding down in the evening or nighttime feeds.

Adding a dimmer switch to your nursery’s lighting setup is a smart move. It lets you fine-tune the light as needed to keep the room cosy and comfortable at all times.

This flexibility can also contribute to a regular sleep schedule for your baby. Controlled lighting cues your little one on when it’s time for play and when it’s time for rest, which helps create a routine that supports their health and well-being.

Child's open four-poster bed in neutral coloured, cosy nursery with a huge drawing of a kangaroo on the wall
Creating a theme, such as animals, in your child’s nursery can make it feel unique and cosy. (Image: Supplied)

Add personal touches

A nursery should feel personal and special. Adding touches that mean something to you can make the space feel unique and loving.

You might hang a few favourite pictures, display a special gift from a loved one or pick a theme that has special meaning to your family. These personal touches make the nursery not just any room but your baby’s own special place.

Creating a cosy nursery doesn’t have to be an overwhelming project. With these simple tips, you can build a lovely, soothing space your little one will love growing up in.

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