Are you infanticipating? Exciting times indeed but have you updated your interiors to accommodate the newest member of the family? We all aspire for a beautiful, elegant adult space but having a baby means transforming every room in the home to create a safe, secure environment for your little angel. This does not mean you have to forgo style for comfort, no. It is possible to build a stylish yet baby-friendly living room
You and the baby will spend a lot of time hanging around in the living room so the interiors should be designed to suit your baby’s needs. And that’s all there is to it, designing a baby-friendly living room is just a matter of embracing your needs and making the space work for your growing family. If you need a hand, here are ways to create a stylish yet baby-friendly living room:
Move Away from the Nursery
Decorating the nursery is exciting indeed but don’t spend all your time, money, and energy on the baby room alone. Leave some for the living room! The fact is, you and the baby are likely to spend about the same amount of time hanging out in the living room as the nursery so it only makes sense to decorate the living room to make the newest family member feel right at home.
No need to give the living room a revamp, making simple changes are enough to create a baby-friendly living room, such as adding a bouncer or a playmat so the baby could get comfortable.
Dark Colored Pieces of Furniture
In the process of updating your living room furniture to accommodate the baby? I highly suggest investing in dark-colored pieces of furniture, like a black leather couch and pillows or throws in dark washes. Why? Stains of all kinds tend to show less against dark materials, like black leather.
Neutrals are lovely shades for the living room; they make the space look so clean… if you don’t have kids. Caring for the baby means dealing with stains, some of which are hard to remove. Imagine that pristine beige couch being ridden with stains! Save yourself from heartache (and endless cleanup), invest in pieces that come in dark washes right from the start.
If getting a new couch is out of the question, here’s a more practical solution: use slipcovers for your existing seating areas. Again, opt for slipcovers in dark washes or those made from easy to clean materials so cleaning after the baby is much easier.
A quilt or throw could also come in handy when playing with the baby in the living room. Use the quilt or throw as a play mat of sorts for the baby. The quilt works as a protective barrier against stains. Simply chuck the dirty throw or quilt in the washer after to remove the stains!
Baby-Friendly Coffee Table
A living room setup isn’t complete without a coffee table. While you can always use table corner guards to baby proof the living room, these plastic guards are kind of hideous-looking, no? If you can, replace your rectangular or square coffee table with a round coffee table.
A round or oval coffee table will prevent curious toddlers from injuring themselves as they explore the living room. Plus, the smooth edges means there is no need to use those ugleh edge guards! Best of all, a round table could accommodate more people, which will come in handy if granny and gramps came over for playtime.
Baby-Friendly Play Area
Creating a baby-friendly living room may be challenging for some parents because the room itself is shared by the whole family and each member of the household has different needs. And most of these needs are the grownup kind.
To optimize the living room for the baby, why not create a little nook for playtime? Build a space that’s meant specifically for the baby. Start by choosing the safest spot in the living room, one that’s far from high shelves, fragile decors, sharp edges, etc. Lay a soft, padded play mat on the floor, add a couple of his or her favorite toys, and finish up with several pillows and a blanket. You could also throw in a book or two so you can read to the baby in between naps!
If there is one thing that every growing family needs in a home, it’s flexible storage. Having a baby means stashing a load of baby essentials ranging from extra diapers to books, blankets, toys, and everything in between. So make sure the living room has enough storage spaces for these items so they are always on hand.
An ottoman with concealed storage space will be handy for quick nappy changes. A woven basket filled with diaper items (rash cream, baby powder, baby lotion, baby oil, etc., makes diaper changes so easy too. Don’t forget to stash baby blankets, books, or soft toys in weaved bins or cubbies, these will be useful when storing large baby items.
Wheeled Utility Cart
Here is one practical baby essential that’s cheap as chips yet extremely useful: a rolling utility cart. This utility cart could hold a number of baby essentials and it can be wheeled from one room to the other.
You can use this cart to store baby items in the living room or keep it in the nursery until you and the baby hangs out in the living room. The cart is so mobile, it can be used to store and carry a variety of items ranging from books, toys, blankets, pillows, etc. IKEA has this beautiful rolling cart in different shades.
Removing Breakable Living Room Decors
To make the living room as baby-friendly as possible, keep all breakable items out of your baby’s reach. This goes especially for growing babies who are starting to explore their immediate surroundings. Displaying breakable items in the living room may increase the risk of accidents. You don’t want the baby reaching out to your delicate chinas or crystal vases. So stop an accident before it starts, keep these items away from curious hands.