Sweet baby C is my last baby.  Seriously, last one.  So I tired to put some love and creativity into her non-ideal room (see my post on it’s location here).  We also had to make sure that our second nursery could double as a guest room since we have family that comes to visit.

My color scheme was aqua, violet, lavender, and white, and I wanted flowers to be worked into the decorating.  The wall color is Aqua Wish from Behr paints, available at home depot.  It’s definitely a bold choice, but I think it works for a kid’s room.

So, here is the crib I picked.  It’s a Delta Emery 4-1 crib.  I highly recommend a convertible crib.  Our toddler has one and it was super easy to transition her out of her crib into the toddler bed (essentially the crib without the front panel).  I made the paper flowers by watching some tutorials online and picking up some card stock at the craft store.  I also bought my first glue gun, I’m not sure how I lived 30 years without owning one.

The room gets lots of natural light, so I bought black out curtain panels.  These are Harper panels in lavender from Pottery Barn.  The dresser was purchased by my mother-in-law at a church thrift store.  She repainted it with white paint and we added new nobs. I painted the pictures of flowers that are above the dresser and added frames.

As you can see, we had to keep our guest bed in the room (a queen) and the bedding is kept simple in white to balance out the aqua walls.


And that’s it.  Hopefully baby C likes her room.  She seems to like it, unless it’s time for a nap..

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The basic foundational pieces of a nursery are really pretty simple:

  • A crib
  • A place to change the baby
  • Clothes storage
  • Storage for other baby necessities
  • Window coverings
  • A lamp
  • A nightlight 

Once you have these pieces, the rest of the fun decorating and accessorizing can start.  

Here is some basic advice for foundation pieces:

  • The crib should be sturdy, meet current safety standards, and be an appropriate size for the room where it will be placed.  Here is more information on crib safety.
  • Changing pads should be large enough to accomodate a growing baby and come with safety straps. You can also find pads that have non-skid backing on the bottom.
  • I recommend using a low dresser in the nursery to accomodate storage of the baby’s clothes and other necessities and placing a changing pad on top of the dresser.  Changing tables can be used for a limited period of time, but dressers can grow with the child or be put to other uses.
  • I recommend a small book shelf for the baby’s room.  Babies mean lots of books, trust me on this one.  Even if you don’t get a million children’s books at your shower, you can use storage bins and place them on the shelf.
  • If the nursery has a window (recommended for safety purposes) window coverings are essential.  Blackout curtains are the best (wait till you start nap sleeptraining, darkness is key!!).  If you choose blinds, be mindful of the cord and either tie the cord out of a child’s reach or buy cordless blinds.
  • If you choose a floor lamp, make sure the base is sturdy and a child can’t easily tip it over.
  • You need a nightlight for those nightime changes, feedings, etc.  You will not want to turn on a room light and get the baby excited.  Again – trust me on this, keeping the lights low at night encourages a baby to fall back asleep.
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Where in your home should the nursery be located?

If you are lucky enough to have more than one option in your home as a location for a nursery, there are several factors to think about:

  • Low noise level – Pick a room that is away from the hustle and bustle of every day life in your home.  Noises will wake the baby.  When picking my first daughter’s room, my husband and I chose to avoid the  room over the garage to keep the noise from waking her up.  My poor second daughter got the room over the garage and a sound machine (poor second kids).
  • Temperature control – Pick a room where temperature remains consistent and will remain warm.  Again, my husband and I chose to avoid the over the garage room because it gets colder than other rooms in our house.   And yes, my second daughter got the garage room and some heavy wearable blankets to keep her warm.
  • Low light – Pick a room that is not the brightest room in your house.  Low lights help babies nap better.  Guess which of my kids got the brightest room? Yep,second child.  She also got the finest blackout curtains that money could buy.  
  • Size – Make sure the room can accommodate a sleeping and changing area for your child.  The room doesn’t have to be big.  In fact, avoid that, and know that the bigger room can be a play room one day when you need it.
  • Safety – Make sure the room is free of hazards and is easily accessible in case of emergency.  

Again these are factors to consider.  Make sure you have a safe space for the baby.  Every other shortcoming can be cured – just ask my second daughter.  

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So you found out a baby (or babies) is on its way and you are ready to get started on your nursery – where do you start?

For my first baby, I started by bugging my one and only friend who already had a child for as much advice as possible.  Hopefully this post can save you from doing the same to your dear friends.  I learned a lot from her and from having two babies and two nurseries.

Here are my recommended steps:

  • Figure out where in your home the nursery will be.  (Here is more advice on the perfect location ).
  • Assess the space and make a list of items you will need for the basic needs of the baby, like sleeping, storing clothes, changing the baby, etc.  (My post on nursery must haves ).
  • Using the list, mark next to each item, whether you already have the item or you will buy it.  (I will post on starting a registry soon!). 
  • Start a timeline for when the nursery should be completed ( I recommend starting with your due date and working back two months as your end time for major aspects of the nursery) and list major items that will need to be completed (like painting the room, installing a closet organizer, etc. ).
  • Enlist help!  Ask your significant other and/or friends or family to help you complete specific tasks.  (Having particular tasks helps your friends and family be more helpful and splits the load).
  • Get to work, slowly completing things on your list and timeline.  You have months to get ready for the baby, and even if you aren’t finished by the time the baby arrives, it’s ok.  Repeat – it’s ok.  Most of the time newborns don’t sleep in their own cribs for months.  Life just gets more hectic when they arrive.

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Whether it’s your first or not, each child sparks a mom’s need to “nest” and get ready for the new little one to enter this world.  One of the biggest urges I had while being pregnant with my two little ones was starting a nursery.  I don’t think I just was excited to decorate a new room, but I needed to do something physical to get ready for the baby to enter my family’s life.  The preparation of a nursery can be an elaborate redecorating of a bedroom for the baby, or as simple as gathering a few essentials for the new baby in an existing space, or maybe somewhere in between.  This blog is devoted to all things nursery – gendered, themed, neutral, and at all different price points. Babies are special, and so is the preparation we moms undertake to make sure their new world is comforting and happy.

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