4 tips for choosing new nursery carpeting.
Bringing a baby home is a joyful occasion. Your family is growing, and when the tiny newest member comes home for the first time, you want to have a cozy place ready and waiting. For the first few months, your little one will probably spend most of his or her time in your arms or in the cradle. But before you know it, it’ll be time to explore.
Children spend a lot of time on the floor, scooching, crawling, walking, tumbling, and finding things to put in their mouths. So, in addition to color and texture, it’s important that the carpet in the nursery be safe and child-friendly. Here are four things to consider when you choose new carpet for your nursery.
1. Carpeting or not?
A padded floor can be a great advantage in a nursery. It keeps your feet warm during middle-of-the-night trips to calm a crying child and, more importantly, protects a child from the bumps and bruises that often accompany the first attempts at walking. It’s also quieter to walk on, making it less likely that you’ll disturb your child at nap time, and that they’ll disturb you less once they start tumbling about and making a ruckus. So if you’re trying to decide whether or not to carpet a nursery, carpeting is definitely the way to go.
On the other hand, if you already have hardwood floors, consider adding a rug to help cushion the area. This will help protect your toddler in case of a fall, and will also prevent toys from breaking to pieces if they’re dropped. Rugs are also easier to replace if they get ripped or stained, and you can update them to suit your child’s tastes and interests as they grow.
2. Install early and give it a good clean.
While carpets are a great option to help keep a room padded and baby-friendly, it’s best to install a new carpet early and give it a good clean before the baby arrives. This is due to that “new carpet smell” which adults recognize and easily forget about, but which can be much more troubling for babies. While it may sound odd to clean a brand-new carpet, Modernistic can help remove any residue left over by the manufacturing and installation process. And all our cleaning agents are pet and child-friendly, so there’s no need to worry about your little one crawling over the carpet.
3. Soft, safe, and secure.
When considering carpet or a rug, run your hands along it and think about how it feels. You want to choose a fiber that feels naturally soft to protect your baby’s delicate skin. Remember, this is where your baby will be practicing tummy time and pre-walking army crawl. Also consider choosing a natural fiber for your carpet. They may be a little more expensive, but they have other benefits, such as being naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
If you’re looking at an area rug, remember that they can slide all over a hard floor if they’re not secured in place. So find a carpet pad that will grip and protect the floor below, and, as a bonus, add some extra padding for those toddler tumbles.
4. But how does it look?
The most obvious consideration in choosing new carpet for your nursery is how it looks with the rest of the decor. You want to create a space that’s inviting and calming and beautiful, but that also provides fun colors, patterns, and textures for your child to explore.
If you’re already planning lots of patterns and prints in the room, a solid color on the floor is your best bet to prevent the room from looking too busy. Consider the rest of your decor: What color do you want to highlight? Try to find a rug or carpet in that color. A splash of blue on the floor will bring out the blue in the patterns on the curtains and furniture.
On the other hand, if most of the nursery is blocks of solid color, the rug can be a fun place to add some pattern. Try to find a rug with one or two colors also used elsewhere in the decor to tie the room together. You can also use a patterned rug to highlight a theme in the nursery. A kid’s zebra-print rug can enhance an animal theme, or a leaf pattern can boost a woodsy theme.
Be sure to measure the room and make a plan before purchasing an area rug. Size is important, but so is shape and position: if the crib or dresser has one leg on and three legs off, it will wobble.
Keeping your nursery carpet clean.
Carpets and rugs are far and away your best choice for nursery decorating, but they need regular cleaning to stay that way. Blot up spills as soon as they occur, and vacuum on a regular schedule of at least once a week. When you do, make sure to go slowly in both directions to help pull up dust and dander from lower down.
And with all the excitement of bringing a newborn home, don’t forget to keep up with your semi-annual carpet cleaning. As parents, you know how important it is to keep your children healthy and safe. Regular professional carpet cleaning will cut down on allergens buried in the carpet fibers, and our truck-mounted extraction system will go even further, removing 96% of all bacteria and allergens with every cleaning. You’ll keep your growing family healthy, and extend the life of your carpet while you’re at it.
When you’re ready to set up an appointment, contact Modernistic. We’re here to help you create a clean and cozy environment for when you bring your new baby home.
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