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My husband and I, spent the past few weeks converting our study into a full-fledged nursery for our son. He has finally been shifted from our bedroom into his own room.

This has felt like a big milestone, and one that I have mixed emotions about. Since he has been sleeping through the night for a while now, the transition to his own room seemed like a good step for all parties involved. My husband and I, wouldn’t need to tiptoe around the room and my son would not get disturbed by one of us bumping into something, which invariably happens every other night.

However, it has been so nice having him sleep in our room that I feel sad shifting him into his own room. My little boy is growing up too fast.

I discovered, as I was planning out the decor for his room, that the strategy for decorating a room for a newborn is very different from configuring it for a one year old. And mind you, this one year old likes to get to all the places he shouldn’t be near. That meant new constraints for our redecorating strategy, such as:

  • No lamps or anything with wiring within grabbing distance
  • No mobiles that could easily be yanked off their pedestal
  • No flimsy shelves or cupboards that could be pulled down
  • Nothing that he could climb on too easily
  • Nothing with small parts that he could swallow
  • No glass or ceramic objects
  • No open sockets or extension wires within reach

So basically, out went all the pretty stuff that we had gotten before he was born (which is usually what first-time parents end up buying due to a catalogues’perception of what a nursery should look like).

What we needed to do was, use the existing space to chalk out a nice room that needed to have:

  • A bright, colorful and overall stimulating environment
  • Space for sleeping, napping and relaxing in general
  • Storage space for all his paraphernalia (clothes, diapers, toiletries, etc)
  • A play area for storing all his toys, whilst having enough space for him to play in

A few days effort and a hole in our pocket later, we set up his room based on our identified needs.

The nursery is far from perfect. It definitely won’t be featured in an interior design magazine. But it has changed the feel of out entire house – we now have a room dedicated to a child. How’s that for making you feel old.

As our son grows older, I’m sure the animal decals will be replaced by Superman and Spiderman decals; the diaper table, by a basketball hoop; the rocking horse with some new Play Station type machine……and it’ll all happen so fast.


I think I’ll bring him back to our room for just one more week.



Photograph credit:                             Ani Bee; www.Foter.com 


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Contributed by saimaismail

Saima is the Editor-in-Chief, and co-founder of Bright Babyhood. She is a management consultant and a Columbia University alumni. She currently spends her days managing and writing for Bright Babyhood, and brainstorming ways to convince her toddler to eat. You can find her writings at www.BrightBabyhood.com.

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  • Mona Ahmad says:

    love it! The room, I mean. Want to see more of it please. Enjoyed the read too, my baby is five and I get separation anxiety some nights, find excuses to bring her to our bed all the time :) Grown up or not, she will always be my baby. At least for now she likes cuddling up with us, it will not always be that way.

  • Sadaf says:

    Is that the nursery? Love it saima! Such great advice about no glass or ceramic …. My first gift to my nephew was a glass vilroy n bosh globe wt music. The designer (like me at the time) clearly had no children… I’m still surprised by the sheer number of non baby friendly baby stuff out there. Buyers beware!

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