If a family has two or three children, each of them should have a room of his or her own – at least, so the argument goes. But parents who are unlucky to have a small dwelling, don’t be upset! Shared baby room designs suit perfectly for twins, doublets or even triplets.
Deciding to design a shared room for your baby twins, lay to heart recommendations of the leading USA child psychologists who say that the children’s age should be your first consideration. A room for babies requires a different approach as compared to a room for toddlers. Twice as many babies means twice as much trouble, especially for inexperienced parents. That’s why comfort for children and parents is the first and foremost requirement to a baby room for twins.
Your first step: renovation and finishing.
The room for babies needs to be in a perfect condition. You better start preparations a good while before they are born. Once you’ve decided which room you allocate for the twins, find a qualified home renovation team who will do minor repairs, maintenance and improvements of the space. Invariably opt for the most Eco-friendly and quality materials that you can afford.
A versatile babies’ room design is the best idea for the start – even if your twins are a boy and a girl. Use universal colors such as green, lilac, white, beige, orange. Define where you will put the baby cots and paint that wall pastel. The place where you will play with the babies requires a brighter, more saturated color solution.
As for decorations, babies don’t need many, so choose a few decorative items that fully express your parental affection. A sweet and original idea is to write the twins’ names on the wall above their baby cots. Many parents are carried away by temptation to apply photo wallpaper on one of the walls. It’s a complicated design tool, so make sure the selected scene is not too bright or obtrusive.
Zoning the room for baby twins.
In a shared room for baby twins, it’s not difficult to define the functional areas. The necessary zones are:
- sleeping area;
- childcare area;
- playing area;
- nursing area;
- resting area (for parents).
The childcare, nursing and resting areas don’t necessary need to be pronouncedly separated. During the first month of your twins’ lives you can confine these zones to just several essential elements:
- a diaper board;
- a storage unit for diapers and other baby-care items;
- a storage unit for babies’ clothes;
- a chair, sitting on which you are highly comfortable to feed or breast-feed the babies;
- a sofa, or a fold-able arm-chair to sleep on when you need to spend the night near the babies.
The choice of a specific place for these furniture pieces depends on the room’s configuration and your personal preferences. The sofa for parents to rest on fits perfectly in the sleeping, resting, or childcare areas. Later it may serve the place where you read exciting children’s stories to your toddlers. Many young moms appreciate rocking chairs that help to lull infants asleep quicker.
The playing area requires a set of boxes or baskets for storing toys, and a developing rug, where the twins will be learning to turn over, sit and walk. For the latter activity, you may also need a playpen (pick a spacious one, so that both babies can practice standing or walking simultaneously).
Focus on the sleeping area.
The sleeping area is an essential component of a babies’ room. Infants sleep most of the time, up to 20 hour per day, so make sure this part of their home is designed with a view to maximize comfort. Mommies and daddies should remember that the sleeping area is intended for sleeping only. Prefer not to nurse or entertain the children within this zone. Arrange no curtains or canopies over the baby cots, avoid cribs with soft walls, as such textile elements accumulate dust and hinder air circulation.
Position the baby cots in the darker part of the room, away from the doors and walls adjacent to noisy rooms. Don’t put the cribs near a heater as hot air may dry the gently skin of the babies. Try to place the baby cots farther from the playing and nursing areas, so that when you are playing with or breast-feeding one of the twins, the other could continue to sleep peacefully. Experienced mothers of twins recommend that the beds should be located near each other. This creates comfortable conditions for the twins, who are used to being near each other, and enables you to put both babies to sleep simultaneously. It’s better when the baby cots have interlocking wheels – if one of the twins wakes up, you’ll be able to move his or her cot to the farther corner in order not to wake up the other doublet.
Bargain for future changes.
In a couple years, your baby twins will take a fancy for individualizing the room, so you should think in advance about dividing the space into two parts. Make sure you can later replace the baby cots with beds without changing much of the design, decor and furniture. A nice forward-looking idea is to finish two walls in one color, and the remaining two in another color. With that, no color division on the floor is necessary.
Don’t deprive the twins of individuality – when you see an interesting decorative lighting fixture or beautiful bed sheets for children, don’t rush to purchase two pieces of similar design and pattern. The twins are not copies of each other. Your babies will grow up to be two different persons with their own preferences as to colors and accessories.