First off, congratulations on the new baby in your life! You now have nine short months (maybe less) to set up the new nursery and furniture. For some this may seem like a daunting task. Here is a breakdown of how to get the nursery ready for your new little bundle of joy.
It is time to start setting up for your new baby’s arrival. The first step is to decide on a theme or color scheme. You may choose to find out the gender of your baby and choose a theme tailored to a boy or girl. You may decide you aren’t going to find out the gender or just want to get started right away leading you to choose a gender neutral theme. No matter what theme you choose it is going to be perfect for your baby. Can’t decide or have no idea where to start in picking a theme? Start by picking a color to narrow down your options for a theme.
Things to Consider When Picking a Theme/Color Scheme
- traditional (pink/blue)
- gender neutral (green/yellow)
- a color that would match well with the rest of your house (gray/brown)
- a favorite thing from your childhood (dinosaurs/cars/ponies/princesses)
- a popular/timeless character (Minnie/Mickey Mouse/Winnie the Pooh)
Deciding on a color can make choosing a theme that fits well with your color so much easier. The rest is up to you.
Every nursery needs three basic pieces of furniture.
- A crib (or bassinet or playpen)
- A changing table
- A dresser
The options available these days are extremely helpful (especially if you are limited on space). You can find cribs that are combined with a changing table. There are dressers you can double as a changing table with the right accessories on top. Deciding on what combination sounds the most useful to you only leaves you with the task of matching the furniture color to your theme/color scheme.
One last piece of furniture that is not necessary but very useful for late night feedings or future bedtime stories is a rocker or glider. I would highly recommend adding one to your nursery and furniture collection if you have the space available in the nursery.
Important Nursery Accessories
Now that you have picked a theme and furniture for your nursery it’s time to come up with the accessories. The options are virtually limitless from wall decorations to night lights and things for your baby to focus on or play with.
My first recommendation would be a night light. For some time after the baby is born there are going to be many late night feedings and diaper changes. A soft dim night light is important so you can see what you are doing without turning on the bright light in the room and starting the bedtime routine all over again. There are different kinds to choose from such as the plug in night lights that sense motion to turn on, or there are some adorable lamps that can take night light dim bulbs to keep it soft on babies eyes when you have to go in there. Depending on your theme there are some pretty neat night lights available.
Another pretty important thing to have for your nursery is something for your baby to watch or play with such as a mobile. This isn’t necessary for the moment you bring them home. However, it won’t be long before you will need something to keep them entertained while they learn to put themselves to sleep or make them happy when they wake up. There are also some small soft toys you can attach to the rails for them to grab at without becoming a hazard giving them more than just audio/visual stimulation.
There are some other items that can be very useful accessories to have in your nursery but are more of a personal choice to use. A baby monitor, a sound machine, and a diaper pail are some of these items.
A monitor may not be necessary if your baby’s room is close enough to hear the baby from anywhere in the house. It is, however, a good peace of mind and sometimes a relaxing activity as a new parent to just sit and watch your baby sleep on a video monitor. They do the cutest things in their sleep sometimes.
A noise machine can play several kinds of noises to help baby sleep such as waves, birds, or even static sound. This can help your baby learn to sleep through sounds such as a vacuum so you don’t have to worry about waking up the baby if you can muster up the energy to do chores while they are napping.
A diaper pail may or may not be something you want to add to your nursery. It can be very handy to be able to throw the diaper away right after you change it but if you don’t empty it every half a day or so it could make the nursery smell. There are brands that claim to stop the smell from leaving the trash can if you want to have that convenience in your nursery.
These items can be a great addition to any nursery.
Customizing Your Nursery
You have chosen the perfect theme for your nursery and found the best and cutest accessories to go with it. Now, what sets your teddy bear, butterfly, or dinosaur nursery apart from all the others? The answer is customization! There are so many options of things to customize these days.
You could get a personalized teddy bear to set on the dresser (until they are old enough to have it) as a decoration in your teddy bear nursery. Another option would be to get a stencil and paint their name on the wall in fancy letters with some butterflies around it in a butterfly themed nursery you’ve put together. This would allow you to use the precise color you want. There are personalized signs you could have made in the shape of a dinosaur with your child’s name to tie in perfectly with your dinosaur themed nursery. This is absolutely not necessary but it would put the perfect finishing touch on your baby’s first space.
Your Perfect Nursery
It is a big job putting together a nursery. After picking a theme and furniture for your nursery everything else will start to fall together. No matter how much or how little you decide to put in your nursery it will undoubtedly be perfect for you’re baby. Happy planning!