Whether you’re setting up a brand new nursery, upgrading to a big kid room or simply giving your child’s room new life, here are 28 essential elements for your child’s room, from A to Z…
A … is for Air Circulation
Your child’s room needs a fan to circulate the air. This is especially important when they’re infants since many experts believe that good air circulation can help prevents SIDS and suffocation. The fan can be ceiling-mounted or portable. However, if you opt for a portable fan, try to choose a bladeless model.
B … is for Bed
Choosing the right bed for your child’s room is essential to their ability to get a good night’s sleep. Ensure that it provides the right amount of space and that it isn’t too high off the ground. Some experts also believe that bed placement can play a role in a child’s health and vitality. For very young children, the ideal placement is said to be beside a wall, to help them feel secure.
C … is for Calming Colour
First and foremost, a bedroom is for sleeping. That means it’s important to choose a restful colour for the walls. If your child favours brights, reds or other stimulating colours, it’s best to paint the walls something neutral and accent with the stronger colour they love.
D … is for Draft Prevention
Rooms that a are cold and drafty not only lack comfort, but they can make your child more likely to get sick. There are several areas in a room that can cause draftiness and air leakage. These places include windows, electrical outlets and recessed lights, among others.
E … is for Electronics
Do your best to keep most electronics out of your child’s bedroom. This includes smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs. These devices can prolong bedtimes and also serve as a disruption of sleep if you child happens to wakeup during the night. Removing these devices might even be a good habit for parents to adopt themselves.
F … is for Fire Safety
One safety feature that parents often overlook in a child’s bedroom is a fire escape ladder. If the bedroom is above the main floor, having a safety ladder that stores in the closet or is installed between studs in the wall under the window would allow your child to safely escape in case of fire.
G … is for Green Cleaning
Try to limit any exposure to toxic chemicals by cleaning your child’s room with green, preferably homemade cleaning products and/or steam powered cleaning tools.
H … is for Hard Floors
Hardwood or laminate flooring may make your child more comfortable, since carpeting can be bad for people with allergies or respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Of course, if you’re worried about tender crawling knees or falls from first steps, you can always add area rugs, which are easier to keep clean than wall-to-wall carpet.
I … is for Imagination
Be sure to fill your child’s room with items that spark their imagination and allow them to express their creativity. Tiny art centres, colourful blocks, and charming artwork can all feed your child’s hungry imagination.
J … is for Joy
While style and décor may be your passions, don’t forget to include things that give your child joy …even if that means adding a few cartoon characters on the wall or in the form of a set of sheets.
K … is for Kid-Proofing
If your children are very young, it’s important that kid-proofing measures are in place. Be sure to use cordless blinds, electrical outlet caps and other common safety products, while also taking care to keep little known hazards like baby power, cotton swabs, diaper pail liners and other potential choking or suffocation hazards out of your little one’s reach.
L … is for Lighting
Lighting is just as important in your child’s room as it is in other areas of the home. While bright overhead lights may be fine for daytime play, it’s also a good idea to have a small reading lamp in place, with a lower watt bulb. This allows for softer lighting at sleepy story times, and will make it easier for your child to drift off to sleep.
M … is for Mattress
When shopping for your child’s mattress, take a look at low VOC or organic options. Doing so can promote a healthier night’s sleep and better air quality in the room.
N … is for Neatness
Did you know that clutter can cause anxiety? This isn’t only true for parents, but children as well. Ensure that there are many, easy-to-use storage options in your child’s room and encourage them to help keep things tidy.
O … is for Optimal Temperature
Babies and small children don’t need to be kept as warm as some people think, when it comes to a good night’s sleep. That’s because the body’s core needs to cool to promote restfulness. The ideal temperature in a baby’s room is between 16-20 ⁰C and between 18.3 – 21.1 ⁰C for a toddler.
P … is for Pets
Many experts agree that pets should not share a bedroom with young children. This is due to the presence of dander and excess allergens carried in from the outdoors. These things can impact the air quality in the room.
Q … is for Quiet Time
Art centres, reading nooks and other technology-free entertainment will allow your older child (who may no longer nap) to take some necessary moments of quiet time in lieu of a mid-day slumber.
R … is for Reading Space
Reading nooks and accessible book storage are an important aspect of every child’s room.
S … is for Smoke-Free
This is really about the home in general and not specifically you child’s room. By now, we all know that that second and third-hand smoke is detrimental to your child’s health. Even if smoking occurs in other parts of the home, it can still have a significant impact in your child’s room and on their health.
T … is for Topple-Proofing
With numerous reports of children being injured or killed by falling furniture, we now know just how important it is to use safety furniture straps. Tall items like bookshelves and dresser must be secured to the wall, while other top-heavy items like lamps
U … is for Up
Ignite your child’s imagination by adding interest to the ceiling in their room. Things like fun light fixtures, constellation models and even a whimsical mural can add interest to their view when lying in bed.
V … is for VOCs
As we’ve discussed, aim for low VOC products and textiles when creating your child’s room. This includes paints, flooring, mattresses, and furnishings.
W … is for Window Treatments
Window treatments with cords should not be placed in a child’s room, Sadly, children as old as 4 and 5 have been injured by corded blinds and other window treatments. Wooden or plastic beads at the ends of the cord can cause choking if placed in the mouth, while cords can become easily wrapped around tiny necks.
X … is for eXtreme Décor
Try to keep any extreme décor to a minimum, as things like bright colours, super hero motifs and other action-heavy items can be over-stimulating and may disrupt your child’s ability to sleep restfully.
Y … is for Your Presence
You are actually one of the healthiest things for your child to see in their room. Family pictures can create a sense of calm and safety, while playing together in their room will strengthen your bond.
Z … is for Zero Allergens (if possible)
A healthy room is a room free of allergens, particularly for people who live with respiratory difficulties. To maintain a room with limited allergens you’ll want to vacuum at least twice a week, cover box springs and mattresses with allergen-proof covers, and keep windows closed, in order to limit entry to any pollen. You can also use a good quality air filter and try employing a dehumidifier to maintain 50% humidity in the room.