How to Light Your Baby’s New Room

Welcoming a new-born into your life is likely to be the most joyful and the busiest time of your life. Preparation in all things is key to helping each day to go as smoothly as possible, keeping parents and baby happy. As a dutiful expectant mother of father, you’ve probably already picked out the colour scheme and furniture for the nursery. The comfy cot. The knitted blankets. The cuddly toy on the chair in the corner. However, there’s something you may have missed. 

When it comes to bed times and night feeds, the last thing you need is to agitate your bundle of joy with a strong bedroom light. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable. If you drop the bottle or think you’re going to step on something, you’re going to put the light on. Is there a way this light could be … dimmer? Yes, of course. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about lighting your baby’s room.

How to Light Your Baby’s New Room

Dim Ideas 

Have you ever installed a dimmer switch? Have you noticed that when turned down low, there appears to be some sort of strain on the bulb, with a sort of squeezing buzzing sound giving the impression that it is about to pop? The solution is an LED bulb complete with purpose designed dimmer switch. The great thing about this type of bulb is that they give off a warmer light at lower power levels, which is excellent news for anyone wanting to turn on just enough light in the midnight nursery to find a lost dummy. Check out this website for ideas.

Control Daylight 

As much as an LED bulb with dimmer switch can help you to control the light levels at night, blackout curtains are your best bet for blocking as much daylight as possible during the day. Bonus tip – consider adding a valance for extra coverage (see here for bedtime reading on the pros of opting for blackout curtains). Speaking from experience, it’s always easier to purchase your blackout curtains before deciding on décor to match. This is because you can’t always be sure that you’re going to be able to find the exact shade of curtain fabric that you need to match the colour scheme in your nursery. On the other hand, an exact shade of paint or wallpaper is always easy to find. 

One last reason to choose blackout curtains has nothing to do with light. Heavy duty triple layered blackout curtains will also help to control the temperature in the nursery, blocking the heat from the sun in the day and keeping the warmth in at night.

Other Benefits

Switching to LED lights comes with two other main benefits that are especially welcome in a nursery. First, LED lights don’t flicker. When they eventually come towards the end of their life, they simply dip in brightness. This is reassuring news for any parent who wishes to leave a low light on in the nursery and walk away safe in the knowledge that the bulb will not embark on some kind of disco flash show. Second, LED bulbs don’t buzz. They run silently. Ideal for settling in for a long and cosy night’s sleep.

Do you have any other tips for lighting your baby’s new room?
Why not let me know in the comments below.
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  1. 13/04/2018 / 9:33 pm

    I have never used LED lights before, are they expensive to buy? I do think it’s important to let baby’s know that darkness means sleepy time.

  2. 15/04/2018 / 9:19 pm

    Such good ideas, thanks for sharing. Light and soft colours are so important in baby’s room.

  3. 15/04/2018 / 9:22 pm

    When my son was little I don’t remember seeing lights like this anyway but swore by blackout curtains!

  4. 15/04/2018 / 9:40 pm

    My kids are a bit older now, but I loved our blackout blinds. They were a must for naps during bright summer days.

  5. 16/04/2018 / 8:48 am

    I agree that lighting is very important to settle your baby but the best thing we did was invest in good quality blackout linings for our curtains.
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  6. bryanna skye
    16/04/2018 / 9:39 pm

    what lovely and useful ideas you have — and beautiful photos!

  7. 21/04/2018 / 4:44 am

    For Lighting Science founder Fred Maxik, implementing bulbs like the Sleepy Baby in our homes to improve sleep quality is just the beginning of understanding the intersection of light and biology.

  8. 28/04/2018 / 8:46 pm

    I haven’t got any children yet, but when I do, I will definitely be taking into account some of these helpful tips. In fact I’m going to share this post with one of my pregnant friends, as she’s just doing up the nursery now x

  9. 27/05/2018 / 7:13 am

    I think light can be the loveliest added features in a room. When a baby is newborn in the home it needs to change because of the extraordinary care for a newborn baby. if possible, keep night-lights away from the direct line vision of the cot. It can be done that a plastic light in the shape of a teddy bear stands sentry in the corner of a room. For a baby’s room a blackout curtain: is also needed.

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