While sometimes it can seem like preparations for having a baby are all about parenting classes and choosing names, there is some hard work which needs to be done before the little one arrives. Namely, designing and building them a nursery so they can have a space of their own, and where you can store their items.

And while it can seem easy enough to convert a spare bedroom into a makeshift nursery, we have some great tips below to share with you to make it a great nursery.

The best place to start is with the floor. If possible, floorboards are going to be your best option. Simply because babies (and the processes which go into caring for them) are messy. And the last thing that you want to be doing each day is scrubbing stains out of carpet. While it may make the room appear cold, adjust your decorations to counter it. More on this, below.

Where you place your cot is crucial to how well your baby can rest. Take a look at the room through the day and the evening to watch how the sun moves and consider how and when the light will reach your baby’s sleeping face. Often, a corner is going to be the best choice as it offers access to light while staying cool during those warmer days.

Speaking of cribs, it’s important that you assemble and install the crib correctly, and as per the instructions. If you haven’t yet purchased your crib, start with the Groupon Coupons page for Babies R Us to find some deep discounts on modern and high-standard baby cribs. Remember, cribs have come a long way since you likely used them last, so be sure to do your research on the new features they include.

Unless you really want to be walking back and forth across the room all day, give some thought to where you are going to place your changing table. Remember that you will need enough space for you to move around as you untuck and fold, but it also needs to be close enough to your crib to make baby transport easy. If possible, consider placing it under a window where the fresh nappies can receive natural light.

Last on the list, but certainly not least is your lighting. Just because your bedroom has a standard single globe doesn’t mean that your baby’s room should. Look for bulbs with warmer tones and ones which can be dimmed. If you enjoy technology, look for a smart light bulb which you can adjust with your phone. This can also come in handy to help you rock your little one off to sleep.

With a little one on the way, there is so much that you need to do, and designing a nursery is just one of them! Hopefully these tips will come in useful as you are designing your new baby space. Remember, the most important aspect of your child’s nursery is that it reflects you as a parent and the love they can expect to receive when they arrive home.

Top Tips for Designing and Building the Perfect Nursery for Expected Little One