Friday, April 26, 2013

5 Tips for Designing Your Baby's Nursery

The time when you are expecting a baby can be one of the most exciting times in life. You have the ultra sound pictures proudly displayed on your Facebook profile and you feel your sweet baby kick for the first time. There are so many things to think about and prepare before this new life enters your world.

One of the preparations new moms look forward to the most may be designing a nursery for their little one. The nursery is one of your first expressions of love for your baby. Before you can hold your baby in your arms for the very first time, you can create that special space where you and your baby will spend so much time over the next few years. A place where your baby will sleep, play and learn.

Many times new moms may find the experience of designing their nursery overwhelming, but with a few simple tips you can collect your ideas and get started.

Tip 1 - You can create a beautiful nursery on any budget.

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time on Pinterest and other wonderful websites in search of design inspiration. This can be a lot of fun but can also lead to discouragement. Most of us don't have the budget to work with that many of these professionally designed nurseries were created with. Don't throw in the towel yet. There is good news! A beautiful and special nursery can be created on any budget. Your baby won't care if they sleep in a crib that costs $2,000 or $200. Many personal touches, and special accessories for your nursery can be items that you create yourself for very little money. So put on your creative hat and come up with a little bit of DIY magic!

Tip 2 - Design for function.

Before you begin, make a list of the functions of your nursery in order of importance. Most likely at the top of your list will be a place for your baby to sleep. But go beyond the obvious. Do you plan to feed your baby in his or her room? If you do, a comfy rocker may be in order. Will this be a place for you and your baby to play and read together? If so consider a soft floor rug and some comfy pillows where you can sit and play together as your baby grows. Would you like to add a day bed for seating and for a place for you to sleep near your baby on a bad night? Once you have this list of the way you want the room to function, you will have a much better idea of where to start.

Tip 3 - Be sure to include lots of storage.

You've carefully arranged your nursery, hung each adorable outfit neatly on it's tiny hanger, neatly stacked the itty bitty diapers in a perfectly aligned pile. Then the moment you bring home your sweet little newborn, the chaos ensues. Sleepless nights and mounds of laundry can quickly turn your neatly arranged nursery into total chaos. One way to help yourself keep it all together, is to plan for lots of storage. Begin with your changing table. You will find, you need to keep lots of supplies close at hand: diapers, wipes, lotions, clothing, small toys or rattles. For your changing table, you may want to consider open storage bins. You can keep everything close and easily accessible. These storage bins easily transition to hold toys and books as your baby grows into a toddler.
Nursery Fabric Storage Bins

A small hanging toy bag is also a nice item to keep lotions, powders or small toys within reach while changing   your baby. All of our Sweet Jojo Designs Baby Bedding sets come with a hanging toy bag.

Another item you may want to consider is a Diaper Caddy. Caddies are nice because they are easy to grab and take to another room or on an overnight trip.

Other useful items you may want to consider are a hamper and diaper stacker. You can also get creative in your storage. There are many fun containers available that you could use for storage in your nursery.

Tip 4 - Plan with the future in mind.

When you are designing your nursery, make sure to plan for the future. Your baby will grow so quickly before your eyes and soon you will have a toddler. Before you know it that toddler will turn into a little lady or boy. If your budget allows, you may want to consider a convertible crib. There are many cribs available today that transition into a toddler and then twin size bed. For a changing table, you may want to consider a piece that is more like a dresser. You can attach a cute changing pad by attaching the straps to the back of the dresser. When you don't need the pad anymore, remove it and you have a big kid dresser. Also, consider a crib bedding line that also comes in toddler, twin and full size so that you can use the same accessories for many years. We love the Sweet Jojo Designs Bedding because many of there sets are available in many sizes.

Tip 5 - Personalize your nursery.

There are many beautiful bedding and nursery sets available to help you create the perfect nursery but what will make it really special is adding personal touches. One thing that you can do is display your baby's name or monogram in the room. Check out our Pinterest board for creative ideas for your baby's name.

We also love the idea of using black and white photos in your nursery. Have some special photos taken of you and your baby and enlarge them for a special accent in the room.

If you are crafty, create some special projects for the room. If not, choose special accessories that will give your room a unique and personal feel.

Most of all have fun! This is a special time in your life and nursery for your baby is such a special place. Enjoy the process of creating it and enjoy the time you will spend with your baby in this room.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to Make Pom Pom Tissue Balls

Ceiling Pom Pom Tissue Balls are a fun and inexpensive way to spruce up a kids bedroom. These fun decorations have become very popular over the last year. They can be used in a nursery or kids bedroom and make perfect decorations for a birthday party or wedding.

These Ceiling Poms are simple to make! Just follow these steps: 
  1. Gather your supplies. You will need at least 10 sheets of tissue paper in your color of choice, floral wire, fishing line and a good pair of scissors.

  2. Stack 10-15 sheets of tissue paper and lay out flat. Using more sheets will give you a fuller look for your poms.

  3. Fold your tissue paper accordion style. Your tissue paper will look like a long fan.

  4. Wrap floral wire around the center of your tissue paper and twist. Include a loop at the top for hanging. At this point tie fishing line in the loop and allow enough line for hanging your ceiling pom.

  5. Cut both ends of your tissue paper. For this pom, we cut it in a curve for a flowery look.

  6. Gently pull apart each layer to open up your pom. Adjust the layers until you are happy with the look. More sheets of paper will give you a fuller look.

  7. Hang your ceiling poms by the fishing line you attached in step four. We used clear push pins to attach our poms to the ceiling. 
We hope you have fun making ceiling poms of your own! These are also fun to make with your kids. To make the small poms we used in this project cut the tissue paper in half.