Decorating with Washi Tape

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Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Washi tape is decorative tape from Japan. If you’ve even looked at Pinterest recently, you’ve undoubtedly seen decorating ideas using this exciting, beautiful product. Because of the different patterns, colors, and widths, washi tape is versatile, and it’s easy to use. One of the many reasons it’s so popular is the fact that it peels right off when you’re done, without leaving behind residue.

It can be difficult to decorate a nursery if you’re renting, but washi tape gives you a cheap, easy way to stick to your lease or contract and still have a cute space for your baby. There are countless ways to use decorative washi tape, but here are some of the coolest:

Give Your Window Blinds a Makeover

Just buy cheap, but quality, aluminum blinds and go to town with your washi tape. Create your own personalized blinds with your preferred color scheme, and don’t forget to include fun patterns. This is a great way to ensure that no one has the same nursery window coverings as you do. If the blinds came with the rental, the washi tape will peel right off without a trace. If you bought the blinds, take them with you when you move, and then redecorate them with your latest vision. Think of how easy it would be to redecorate the nursery as your child grows and matures.

Hang Pictures without a Hammer

Instead of a traditional hammer and nail, use washi tape to make a statement and save the walls. Then you can swap out the pictures easily, and your landlord would never know pictures were on the walls. Obviously this would only work with pieces of paper instead of framed pictures. But, you could make a washi frame easily by outlining the picture. It’s lightweight, so you would never need to worry about the picture falling and injuring your baby.

Create a Statement Crib

Cribs can be expensive, especially beautiful cribs. Instead of buying an already-beautiful crib, create your own. Find a sturdy, strong, plain crib and cover it in washi tape. You can make it all one color, create a color scheme, or make it as eclectic and vibrant as possible. Whatever your style, you can make a colorful crib to match.

Create custom works of art in your baby’s nursery easily. Get creative, and find new ways to use washi tape. Need more ideas? Pinterest should be your next stop. Inspiration is all around you. You just have to grab onto it. If you have great ideas of your own, share them with us below! We’d love to feature your creativity!

How to Organize Baby Clothing

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Baby clothes are tiny, adorable, and hard to keep organized. Your baby is growing so quickly and clothes can fit one day and be too small the next. So how do you keep your baby clothing organized? If you need a little help, consider these methods:

Use Size Dividers

Just like in the store, use little plastic dividers to separate sizes, grouping the same sizes together. When your baby grows out of one size, you can remove that entire section of the closet and start building a new section filled with a bigger size, maybe one for a few months down the road.

Fill the Drawers

Hanging clothes is a great way to keep them organized, but you can’t hang everything. So, make use of drawer space. But if you throw the baby clothing into the drawer, it won’t take long before it’s disheveled. Simply put, use drawer organizers. Roll up those leggings and socks and keep them organized. It will make your life so much easier.

Make Use of Wasted Space

Use all the space you have. Your baby’s nursery will be less cluttered and your life will feel less chaotic. Store clothes your baby won’t grow into for a while under the bed. Put all the baby’s pajamas in an organizer on the back of the door. Most of the time these things will be hidden from view, so you can create a peaceful, clean feel to your baby’s space.

Put the Most Important Items Within Reach

While it may be nice to keep diapers and wipes in the closet, hidden from view, it’s not very practical. If you don’t want them out in the open, use bins or baskets to keep the room looking nice but still having easy access to the things you need most. When an emergency strikes, you’ll be glad they’re so close.

When your baby needs a quick wardrobe change, you’ll have everything you need—in the size you need—right at your fingertips. You may feel you live in a tornado, but your baby’s room doesn’t have to look like it. You never know; it may become your new favorite spot in the house.

5 Best Colors for Your Baby’s Room

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Colors affect us, all of us. Colors speak to our brain and our emotions, and certain colors affect us in different ways, from feeling energetic to feeling anxious. So, picking the right color for your baby’s room, including wall color, accent colors, and a comforter for the crib, is important for your child’s immediate emotional health. After all, you want your baby to feel happy, comfortable, loved, and calm when he’s in his nursery. With that in mind, here are the five best colors to consider for your baby’s room:

Color #1 – Dark, Rich Orange: Not all oranges are created equal. Construction orange doesn’t give off the same vibe as burnt orange, so if you go with this color, make sure it’s the right hue and variation. Go for warm orange hues rather than florescent. Dark, rich orange gives off a friendly feeling, a feeling of being welcomed.

Color #2 – Light, Fresh Green: Sage is a great color for a nursery. It is calming and serene. Because green is everywhere in nature, you can pair it with any other colors that you also see in nature. It’s one of the most versatile colors. As your baby ages, a light, fresh green color can help him concentrate and open his mind up for effective learning.

Color #3 – Soft or Deep Purple: Jewel-toned purple is the color of luxury and rarity. But on the other side of the purple spectrum is lavender, which is calming, just like light green. Both color options work well for a baby’s room; it simply depends on the feeling you’re looking to capture.

Color #4 – Steely or Gentle Gray: Right now, gray is very popular. It’s a neutral, but it’s anything but boring. Gray is supposed to help us tap into our emotional, empathetic side. It’s also in the calming ranks with purple and green. With a nice, warm blanket, the right gray can provide a cozy feeling.

Color #5 – Bright, Happy Yellow: This color for baby nurseries is a classic color. Yellow is happy, fun, and energetic, great to capture the childlike spirit. There are a lot of great colors on the yellow spectrum, and lemon yellow works just as well as a deeper, darker yellow.

The science of color can be complicated, but if you’re considering these colors or any other colors, find a room that’s painted in that color and analyze how that makes you feel. That’s usually the best indicator for color. But also remember that color can sometimes affect people differently. Whatever feeling you want your baby to be around, there are many color options for each emotion. It all comes down to finding the right one.

How to Choose a Crib

pam-grace-creations-zig-zag-elephant-10-pc-crib-bedding-set-asis-22963The crib is the main staple in any nursery. It may seem like a relatively easy thing to choose, but once you see all your options and keep all your needs in mind, it might make things a little more complicated. In order to narrow down your selection, there are some key elements to consider. But once you make it down this list, you will know exactly the type of crib you want and need.

Safety – The most important thing to consider is the safety of the crib. Is it wobbly? Does it rock back and forth when you tug on it? If so, find something sturdier. If it moves with you testing it, imagine what could happen when your baby is moving in her sleep or when she is old enough to crawl around and stand up. Buying a sturdy crib in the beginning will reduce potential crib injuries. Make sure the openings in the sides of the crib aren’t big enough to get a head stuck in there. There aren’t a lot of things you can control as a parent, but a safe crib selection is one of them.

Longevity – The next question to ask yourself is whether or not you’ll reuse this crib after your future pregnancies. If you want the crib to be around for a wall, look for durability and solid construction. Choosing a whimsical, yet flimsy, crib may look great, but it may not even last through your first child, let alone your second and third. If you do want to use the same crib for all your children, it might be a good idea to also consider a gender neutral crib.

Style – Now that you’re sure the crib is safe and well-made, now you can focus on finding the right crib style. Choose something that speaks to you and that can work with a variety of décor styles. While the other things were precautions, this is the fun part. So open yourself up to new styles and options that you may not have considered before. You never know if you’ll find something you love that wasn’t what you expected.

Once you find the perfect crib, you can then focus on the details so you can pull your vision together seamlessly. Pinpoint fun trends and the perfect color for your nursery, and the rest will fall into place.

Decorating Tips when Foregoing the Nursery

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Whether you’re deciding to forego a nursery because of space or budget restrictions or parenting beliefs, you can decorate for your baby. You could set up a space in your bedroom or even in a main room of the house. Sure, all those adorable nursery ideas on Pinterest are great, but you don’t need all that to create a happy childhood for your baby.

If you’re looking for ways to decorate and organize a space for your baby, here are some options to consider:

Dedicate a Corner – Instead of using an entire room as a nursery, simply use a corner. It can be in your room, in an older child’s room, or even in your living room. Using one corner as the baby’s space can help keep you organized and all the things you need—like diapers and clothing, centralized. Hang a few pictures over the crib or add a shelf with a few stuffed animals on it. That’s really all you need.

Repurpose a Closet – Have an extra closet you don’t need? Take the doors off and use it as a baby area. You can fit a crib in there or you could use it for storing baby essentials. There’s nothing wrong with your baby having a little nook area.

Add Vertical Space – Need more storage space? Instead of using floor area to add storage, add vertical space. Simple shelves will work to hold books, diapers, pacifiers, and even pajamas or socks. Or hang bins on the wall for even more vertical storage space.

Separate the Space – One problem with having your baby’s space in a common area, or even your bedroom, is that it all bleeds together. You can easily separate the space with a curtain, room divider, or a folding screen. This can be good when you’re feeding your baby or when you want to put him down for a nap.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with being a close-knit family and sharing a smaller amount of space. There’s also nothing wrong with using a nursery instead. Whatever you decide, know that you do have decorating and storage options. A cute space is nice, but it’s even nicer if it’s fully functional.

Helping Your Baby Sleep through the Night

Whether you’re a new parent or a veteran parent, helping your baby sleep through the night will also help you sleep through the night. And a well-rested baby – and parent, for that matter – will make for a happier home and family. Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that come into play that can disturb a baby’s sleep. But even with so many factors to keep in mind, you can still do everything you can to make sure your baby is comfortable.

Blackout Window Shades

Blackout Window ShadeUsing blackout window shades in your baby’s nursery will not only block out all outside light, like streetlamps, but it can help reduce some noise. These shades will also insulate the window, so the nursery’s temperature will stay comfortable.

And when it comes to the décor theme of your baby’s nursery, you don’t have to sacrifice style or cuteness for blackout window shades, at least not if you get them from SelectBlinds.com. They have a ton of cute shades with bright, vibrant colors and patterns. And because they’re designed just for children, they’re all cordless, and you don’t even have to pay extra.

Comfy Crib Sheets

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Photo Credit: Bedding.com

Just like you, what your baby sleeps on is important. Choose some comfy crib sheets to help your baby sleep soundly and comfortably. Choose from thermal-regulated, hypoallergenic, or eco-friendly sheets. The more comfortable, the better your baby will sleep. And just like with the window coverings, there are a ton of cute patterns and colors.

Soothing Noise Machine

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Photo Credit: FreeImages.com

Sometimes it can be difficult for babies to sleep in complete silence. All you have to do is find a soothing noise machine and play during the night and during naptime. These are easy to find and can be inexpensive. Or you could use a noise machine app on your phone. Either one will work great.

These will get you started, but don’t be afraid to experiment with new things to get your baby to sleep better through the night. What has been successful for you and your baby?

Bailey’s nursery project

Tree wall mural for nursery

In my opinion, the best part of preparing for a new baby is the nursery design. Last time I was pregnant, I lived in a rented apartment, so I could not do any painting. This time, we are now homeowners, so I was excited about adding a more personalized touch to my baby’s walls. After scouring internet websites, I decided to focus on a forest and animal theme.  My eleven year old daughter and I made a project out of painting a white tree on one wall. We were very happy with the result.. it kind of softened the room and added a touch of whimsy.

After choosing a new modern, two-toned crib from Walmart, I set about looking for a crib bedding set. I really wanted to base my color design on really cute nursery paintings my sister painted for me.

Mommy and baby animals nursery wall art

Cute, huh? 🙂

Here they are in the room:

Nursery Wall Art

I ended up using a cute homemade quilt that I was given, but I am still looking for new bedding that matches the colors in the nursery.  Here is one crib set I was looking at:

Owl crib set

I love the owls.. and the colors. And I think that would go well with the tree and the theme.  Anyone else out there have any ideas for me?