One disadvantage of not knowing whether your baby will be a boy or a girl is that it makes it difficult to decorate their bedroom before they arrive. You don't want too much pink for a boy, or swathes of deep blue or green for a girl!
One way to overcome this problem is to decorate the room in colours suitable for either a boy or a girl, and leave the final decoration until after the baby arrives. If you favour cream throughout your house, then you may opt for the same colour for the baby's bedroom. If you like a splash of colour, or want to create a vibrant nursery for your little one, then why not paint in a bright yellow, baby blue or soft purples?
Once the baby has arrived, add character to your room using vinyl stickers. In the USA these are generally called 'Wallies', but in the UK we are more familiar with adhesive borders and wall decals or wall stickers. Wallies vary in size from just a couple of inches to a couple of feet for really brash ones. As these are becoming more popular in the UK, you will find stickers available in many of the children's themes that you see in soft furnishings elsewhere but you'll also find non-branded imagery based around letters or numbers, animals, fish and many other themes. Search online for a few minutes and you will quickly find that you have hundreds of themes to choose from.
Using wall stickers allows you to personalise your baby's nursery for a girl or a boy after they arrive. They take only minutes to apply and there's no odour of paint, or any other decorating smells, if you apply them after the baby has moved in! They are also usually 'reusable' meaning that they can be taken down and reapplied. This is useful as you buy additional furniture over time and may find that you need to rearrange the stickers away from new items. It also means that you can rearrange the look every so often as your child grows older.
One point to bear in mind when applying wall stickers - make sure that they are out of reach from a young toddler, and nowhere near the cot! Although they are unlikely to create a hazard, you don't really want your little munchkin pulling down all the decorations!
There are many good reasons why you might want children to share a bedroom, not least because you may not have the space for them not to! Sharing a bedroom has positive and negative aspects to it. On the plus side, it gives you more room in the house, encourages children to learn to share, and strengthens the bond between siblings.
On the downside, children may feel they lack privacy, and feel that they don't have any personal space. These feelings may lead to arguments and may impact negatively on the relationship between siblings.
There are generally no rules preventing children from sharing a bedroom. Rented houses or housing association homes may determine the maximum number of people allowed in the house, and may also lay down bylaws against children sharing, but this is unusual.
Issues of privacy tend to become more of an issue as children grow older, particularly as they enter their teen years. Very young children are unlikely to have concerns, indeed the adventure of sharing a bedroom with siblings may be really exciting in early years. Even baby's can share a room with older siblings, although it is best to avoid sharing until your baby sleeps through the night and no longer need night feeds.
Try to be equitable with children sharing a room - make sure they have the same storage spaces for clothes and toys, that they have the same benefits, such as bedside tables and lamps, and that they all have a say in how the room is decorated. They may want to introduce rules for their room concerning privacy (such as knocking before entering) and sharing (rules about borrowing toys and clothes etc).
Sharing a bedroom can be great fun, and if you manage the issues that arise, it can lead to a stronger bond between siblings than they might otherwise have had.
Every baby deserves a nicely decorated bedroom - here are various options that will let you give your baby a special bedroom to grow up in.
Wallpaper: You can buy some really fun wallpapers for children's bedrooms but beware that a small pattern or dark paper will make a room appear smaller. If you choose wallpaper, make sure you select a paper that can be washed with a damp cloth. The disadvantages of wallpaper are that you can't then add your own paint designs on top, and if you want to redecorate, you can't just paint over to change the look of the room.
Paint: If the walls aren't in great condition, then fill any marks, then line with lining paper. Choose light paints to make the room feel bigger, if there's not a lot of direct light, then look at using high light-reflecting paints to create better light. The great thing about simply painting is that when you want to change the look of the room, you only have to repaint again. You can use various techniques to make the room more interesting:-
Wallies: Wallies or wall decals are vinyl stickers that you can stick to your wall and create little scenes or other decoration. Wallies are becoming more popular in the UK, but for the widest selection of designs, look at buying online from a supplier in the USA where there is so much more choice! If you hunt around, you'll find wallies for many different popular characters as well as generic themes such as space, dinosaurs, sports, fairies, animals and so on.
Stencils and sponging: If you aren't able to create your own mural, you can always buy stencils or use sponges to create your own effects.
Choose a theme and decorate the room in a common theme throughout. Ideas include jungle, space, under the sea, fantasy fairy land or princess, although with just a little imagination, you'll come up with lots more!
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