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A few key tricks will help you create a nice non-nursery space for your baby, says lifestyle expert Laurie Gelman.
Laurie Gelman: To successfully add a baby to your own room, you have to remember that it needs to stay your room. You do not want the baby's stuff to take over. So whatever you need, put it in one corner. Designate that the baby's corner, be it your changing table, the cradle, the mobile, whatever it is. And then find some sort of movable screen, one of those Chinese screens, so that you can cover up that area.
You still want it to be a place where you want to get romantic with your husband.
You don't want it to be all about the baby all the time. That's one of the most important things.
Now, if you're going to incorporate a baby into another child's room, this gets a little more tricky. Because you know that this other child is going to resent the baby coming in. So you don’t want them to feel like they're taking over the room.
Especially if they're going to be using the crib that that child is using.
If that's the case, get that child out of the crib as soon as possible,
so that they don't feel they're being replaced as the baby in the family.
But also make sure that the room has two personalities. It has a little baby area, so people know the baby is here. But also a toddler place or a little kid place.
So that there's no baby stuff. And especially if it's boys and girls. Have a pink side, have a blue side. Make sure that there's a definite division between the spaces.
The baby really won't care, but your other child will definitely care. They will need their own space.