Planning Your Baby Nursery Lighting
There are many things to consider when planning the baby nursery lighting for your baby’s new room. Does it have enough natural light? What kind of window treatments should you use? Is the changing area well lit? Here are the different things to you consider when planning the lighting in your baby nursery.
Lamps are an essential part of the baby nursery lighting scheme, especially if your baby's room lacks a ceiling fixture. You may want to choose a lamp that matches your baby nursery’s theme or bedding. Most baby bedding sets have matching lamps that coordinate with the bedding.
Never use a floor lamp because they can easily be pulled over so they pose a hazard when the baby starts crawling and walking. Lamps should be placed high up on a dresser or bookcase so that the baby can’t reach them and possibly burn themselves on the light bulb.
As an added precaution, it is best to use a fluorescent light bulb since they stay much cooler to the touch. Make sure that the lamp is plugged into an outlet that is blocked by a piece of furniture and wind up the extra cord.
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You will also want to consider a nightlight as part of your baby nursery lighting plan. There are several options available for nightlights. You can get a small unit that plugs into the wall. These work great when the baby is small, but when my son got into his toddler bed, he started unplugging his wall unit nightlight and removing the bulb from it so I had to remove it from his room.
The other option is to get a nightlight that goes on the dresser like a lamp. They usually have neat patterns that are cast on the walls and ceiling and can be very soothing to the baby. Often you can find a nightlight that matches your theme or bedding.
If your nursery has a ceiling fixture in it, you may want to replace it with a new fixture that compliments the nursery’s décor. You may also want to consider a fixture that has a ceiling fan as well, especially if you live in a hot climate . A dimmer switch is also a good idea for the baby nursery. It will come in handy for those late night feedings and can also work as a nightlight for the baby nursery.
If your baby’s nursery lacks enough windows and natural lighting, you may want to consider adding a skylight. Be sure not to put the crib too close to where the skylight is located or it may be too bright for daytime napping. You may even want to consider a skylight that has blinds built into it.
What you put on the window also plays into your baby nursery lighting scheme. A set of mini blinds or a roman shade are the best bet for windows in the nursery. They will block out the sunlight during the day when the baby is napping. Be sure to secure the cords up high so that they do not pose a choking hazard. You may also want to get a valance for the windows that matches the nursery bedding.
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