September 28, 2008

Oh, Baby! Expert Design Tips for the Little One’s First Bedroom

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Now new parents can have designer access to the hottest trends and nursery design tips from "Extreme Makeover" personality Ty Pennington.

He's sharing his design expertise through "Ty's Nursery Guide," a step-by-step guide that helps parents identify their nursery design style.

The following questions from "Ty's Nursery Guide" can help parents begin discovering their inspiration:

* Which colors appeal to you most? Soft pastels, classic primaries, vibrant hues or earthy tones? Remember, you can choose more than one.

* If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would that be? What does it look like there?

* Do you know if you're having a boy or a girl? If so, do you want the room to be boy or girl themed? Or gender neutral?

After completing this type of "Inspiration Quiz," Pennington said to start forming a theme. Once it's determined, it's time to pick up the basics :

* Crib If only one item can be splurged on, it should be the crib. Visit to check crib safety recommendations.

* Mattress and sheets Skip the bedding set. A tight-fitting mattress and a couple of crib sheets are all the bedding an infant needs.

* Dresser and changing pad A waist-high dresser can hold a lot of onesies, and can work as a changing table with the addition of a pad.

* Glider A comfortable place to sit for feedings and late-night rocking is important.

For more nursery decorating tips from Pennington or to download a free copy of "Ty's Nursery Guide," go to

did you know?

Americans spent $6.2 billion on gadgets, equipment and furniture for babies in 2007.

New parents spent anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 to prepare the nursery in 2007.

Sources: Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Mintel International, Baby Durables Report published in March 2008

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