Expecting a child is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world, but expecting two or three of them at the same time is even better! Organizing a life for multiple children is never easy and you have so many more things to think about, but if you start doing it as soon as you learn about the pregnancy, you’ll be able to make everything happen on time. Styling a nursery is one of the most vital projects, so here are a few ideas that might help you do it more successfully.
The Perfect Location
This is probably the single most important thing when it comes to the nursery – the location. Does your home have a spare room? Are you forced to fit the cribs in your own bedroom? Is there enough storage space for all the essentials that come with having multiples?
A decision all expecting parents need to make is whether to move to a new home if their current one is unsuitable or try to make it work with what they have. Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that you’ll need to compromise quite a lot and find ways to finance it all – you can still set up a nursery for twins on a budget, of course, but only if you start planning it months in advance.
The Perfect Layout
If you take all the things babies need into consideration – from cribs and beddings to dressers and changing tables, and everything in between – you’ll realize this is quite a lot of stuff for just a couple of tiny human beings! Nonetheless, be sure this is just the beginning and the number of things is just going to rise as your babies get older.
That’s why you need to make a sustainable layout for your nursery and make sure everything fits in. For instance, put the cribs next to each other and save yourself a ton of work since walking from one baby to another can take quite a toll on you. The same goes for the dressers and changing tables: keeping things close by makes your job much easier, and the babies surely won’t mind spending some time together either.
The Perfect Furniture and Décor
Once you’ve dealt with the main stuff, it’s time to start furnishing the nursery, and this could easily be the most enjoyable part of the process. There are more options than you can imagine and a variety of colors to choose from – apart from pink and blue, of course – so picking curtains, wallpapers, and rocking chairs can turn into a wonderful experience for both parents.
Also, don’t forget to pay special attention to your floors, particularly when your babies start crawling – and this time will come sooner than you think. While bare floors look elegant, they can be quite cold, which is why many expecting parents opt for eye-pleasing round rugs that can provide comfort and coziness when those tiny arms and legs start exploring them.
The Perfect Cribs
The crib is basically your babies’ first home in this world and making sure they’re of good quality and is comfortable as possible is of the utmost importance. We all know that having to sleep in an uncomfortable bed night after night is the worst thing ever, so why would you want to do the same thing to your child? Instead, get them a great crib and everyone will be much happier.
Another dilemma parents expecting twins face is whether they should get two small cribs or one huge one for their babies. While the latter might seem to make more sense in the beginning – financially and logistically, it’s an easy way out – it’s not as good as it seems. Some kids are restless, the others need more personal space, while the third can sleep only in complete silence, so getting them their separate cribs and beddings is better, especially as they get older.
The Perfect Timing
Finally, do you know when you should start decorating and furnishing your nursery? Giving yourself enough time before the babies arrive is crucial and you can’t expect them to sleep in a nursery that’s still under construction. This is especially true because multiples tend to be born sooner than singletons, and the chances of prematurity is higher.Therefore, make a detailed checklist, come up with a schedule, start as soon as you can – especially if you’re ordering furniture online and are expected to wait – and complete one task at a time: this way, you’ll always know what’s left to be done and have things under control.
Furnishing the nursery in advance is also great for reaching a peace of mind before going into labor – you won’t be able to think about decorations as your pregnancy progresses, nor should you, so start planning immediately!
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Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.