Preparing the Nursery
-As every new mom can attest designing a nursery is like no other room in the hall. It needs to be comfortable, practical and safe. For those reasons, Parents. TV has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to help you create an amazing history. It's part of our special series, Welcome Home Baby. -My name is Victoria Lamara Finerty and I have a son, Luke. He's about 4 months old. This is my first child and it's great being home with him and seeing him change every single day and he's just a happy baby. I started thinking about the nursery about 3 or 4 months which may have been a little early, but I was really excited. I spent most of my time checking out a lot of different websites and talking to different people as far as what they had and try to assess, do I need that? -I'm Jennifer Adams and I'm an interior designer. And today, I'm here to help Victoria make sure Luke's nursery is not only safe and functional and fresh right now, but also a room that he can grown into. -I'm really excited to have Jennifer here. -Victoria, this is beautiful. -You need to hear what she has to say about the nursery and also gonna walk me through all the way that can make Luke's room safer. -I love the different shapes you have on the wall, the circles and the squares. You've got flat to the wall- -Uh-huh. -But you also have a canvass that pops out and you did a really good job with the orange because I noticed you carried it into the crib. You have a nice, snug mattress which I love because there's no room for anything getting stuck down here. -Right. -So, you did these on all those which are adorable. -Uh-huh. -Once it gets old enough where he can climb and reach or crawl it all. These will need to come down. -Okay. -The other thing I noticed is this artwork. It's gorgeous. -Uh-huh. -But this one will anchor this in with an art lock. -Okay. -And these cute little toys, they only need to come down as he starts pulling at things. You can get these objects and put them in his mouth. -Right. -Did you purchase this crib or is this a hand-me-down? -This is new. -That's good because I always recommend to get the crib new because you'll never know if it's lead-based paint which you definitely don't want near the baby. And you wanna make sure that there's no more than 2-3/8 inch of a gap- -Uh-huh. -Just to make sure the baby doesn't get stuck here. -Right. -When creating a baby's nursery, make sure that you follow a few critical design principles. Add color and texture because you wanna stimulate the baby. You wanna pay attention to traffic flow. That's often forgotten, but make sure you can get from point A to point B very easily and safety. Those are 3 things that are very critical. The one thing I think we should do is take some of your cute, adorable stuffed animals and bring them down to his level. -Okay. -So, I'm going to put this down here. We also brought in some toys. Now, we're making the room about him and his play time. I love you have a TV for videos. But underneath, you wanna make sure you don't have any cords down here. -Right. -And the plastic. I would recommend with these doors locked so if Luke's now pulling them and getting stuck. -Uh-huh. -You've got smoke detectors strategically placed all around the house and it's imperative that you have one like you have here by the baby's room. Good job. -Thank you. -I can tell you had so much fun when you created this room. -I did. It was a lot of fun. -As Luke ages, make sure that the room grows with him. -Okay. -Most importantly, bring your personality in. Bring his personality and keep it adorable. -Based on Jennifer's suggestions, I'm definitely gonna take steps in changing some things around. It's great to have a well-designed room, but safety is our most important goal and we're gonna do whatever it takes to make it as safe as possible. -For more ways to Welcome Home Baby, stay on this Parents.TV channel. You'll find stories on everything, from installing a car seat to finding a pediatrician, all courtesy of State Farm Insurance.