Figuring out the logistics and theme of your baby’s nursery can be stressful and overwhelming, but we are here to help! We’ve provided a step by step decorating guide and checklist to help take the guesswork out and keep things organized when preparing for your little one's arrival.
Deciding your Overall Look:
Deciding the look of your nursery is an important step that will guide many of your choices. It is worth spending time thinking about how you want the room to look and feel. After all, lots of bonding, changing and growing will be done in that room so you'll want the atmosphere to feel right. Narrowing down your aesthetic will pay off. If you are extremely unsure of where to start, consider looking on Pinterest for theme inspiration and room configurations. Don’t feel limited though - use fashion, art and any other elements around you to get inspired!
Must-Have Furniture Checklist
Needless to say, the crib is the most important piece of furniture that will go in your room. The most important part of the crib is the safety features. New cribs meet all of the safety features, so buying a new crib as opposed to a second hand or vintage crib is not ideal. If you are leaving the gender of your baby a surprise or plan on having multiple children, consider using a gender neutral crib.
Another crib option to consider is a conversion crib, sometimes called a convertible crib. These cribs grow with your baby into toddlerhood. This type of design converts from a crib to a toddler bed or daybed with an included toddler guard rail.
Changing Station and Dresser:
Adding a changing pad to an existing or new dresser can become convenient because you can continue to use the dresser after your baby grows out of diapers. You'll want the top of it to be a comfortable standing height, you do not want to be hunched over while changing your baby .If you have a big nursery and lots of room, consider a changing table. Changing tables will allow for additional storage of essentials.
While your baby will spend much of his or her nursery time in the crib, you will spend most of your time in the glider. Your glider will be the centerpiece for many hours of happy, bonding memories. This important chair provides you comfort while feeding and snuggling with your baby, and it also helps to calm your baby with a smooth rocking motion.
A side table is often overlooked in a nursery. When you are trying to minimize your movement with a sleeping baby, it’s important to have something beside your glider/rocker that can store your essentials like clock, wipes, ointments, water, books, tissue, to make reaching for these items easy.
If you have hardwood floors, you will want to invest in a soft rug, not only for noise reduction and warmth, but for a comfortable spot for both you and your baby to play, crawl, and roll around. Choose one that covers the central floor area of the nursery.
If you have the space, a small bookcase can be a great addition to a nursery as it provides a place to store books and display accessories, decorations, and keepsakes. Adding organizational bins will help keep things looking pulled together and will provide you with extra storage. Book cases can be styled so many ways and have a lot to offer! Before your baby comes home, be sure to secure your bookcase to the wall.
Planning Your ‘Stations’
Here, comfort is extremely important. Feeding your baby should be a relaxing and enjoyable activity, and the right set-up can make a big difference. Your nursing station should include a comfortable chair or rocker/glider, an ottoman if you like to have your feet up, a side table with a soft light lamp, and storage baskets with all your necessities. Add a cozy throw and a comfortable, stylish pillow to your glider, and you are ready to go.
This is a frequent activity that should be taken very much into consideration. Keep a few bins on or underneath the changing station or table for easy access with supplies separated, so there is no guesswork. Whichever direction you go, be sure that everything stays out of your baby’s reach.
A play area in the nursery is sometimes not always feasible. If you do have some space, even a small area, you can use it for quiet playtime, including tummy time and more. Keep a few cozy blankets and toys in a basket ready to spread out or a baby gym that can be stored in a closet or folded when not in use to help eliminate clutter.
Adding Window Coverings and Lighting:
Window coverings are necessary for many reasons. You want to be able to darken your nursery so that your baby can sleep at the right times, and you want to keep the room cool in hot summer months. Blinds or drapes can both do the trick, and the choice often comes down to the style of your nursery. A fan is also nice to have during the summer — a tabletop, floor, or ceiling fan can all work and create white noise for comfort.
If you are going for a clean, modern look, blinds are a good choice, but be sure they come with kid friendly cords. Your baby will be pulling those sooner than you think. Drapes can give a softer, sometimes more dramatic look and can be traditional or modern. We offer room darkening and blackout curtains for you and your baby’s convenience in many styles, colors and lengths. Whichever direction you go, be sure your curtains or blinds provide enough light reduction to darken the room adequately and are not in reach of your little one.
Ample soft lighting in your nursery is crucial. Having a lighting dimmer installed in the room can provide convenience, not only improving the overall atmosphere of the room at night, but it’ll also allow you to adjust the amount of light you need, particularly during late hours. The last thing you want is to turn a blaring light on a cranky baby in the middle of the night.
Choose a Safe and Stylish Paint
Choosing the right paint color for a room can be daunting, plus the concern of chemicals in the paint in your baby’s first room. It can be even more stressful than ever, but do not fear! There are so many low-EOV paints on the market which will reduce your stress level and allow you to pull out your paintbrush without hesitation! Painting is a great way to define the look of your nursery and can create a great ambiance even during those late nights and early mornings.
There are so many ways to add style with paint. You can choose one color for the whole room, paint one accent wall, or even create a design or motif with paint easily. There are also many wallpaper and wall decal options that are cute and easy to remove which make for easy transitions.