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When you’re expecting, preparing for your new baby can take on a lot of different forms. Some days you might find yourself baby proofing the entire house and other days, you may be reading the car seat manual cover to cover. Outfitting the perfect nursery is another way that parents-to-be often spend their time. It can be a fascinating part of preparing for the baby’s arrival.
As a new parent, you want to feel as prepared as you can before your baby is born, but there are so many factors that you can’t control. The nursery is one of the few things new parents can take complete control of and it’s a great place to focus your attention as you get ready for this new season in your life. Building a nursery can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time parent. Many parents wonder where they should start.
We hope this article helps you determine how to put together a nursery that’s perfect for your little one.
When should you start baby room planning?
Even though designing the perfect nursery can take time, you shouldn’t feel pressure to start planning as soon as you see a positive pregnancy test. There isn’t one right answer to when you should begin because the answer depends on your own feelings and circumstances.
Within the first few weeks of pregnancy, you may have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to your baby’s nursery. There isn’t any reason for you to start planning right away if you aren’t ready yet. But there also isn’t any reason that you can’t start planning right away if it brings you joy and comfort in this time.
If you’re unsure of when to start planning your nursery, there are some factors you may want to consider. It’s vital to remember babies have their own timeline, and you won’t want to wait until the last minute in case your baby comes early. It’s also important to consider the fact that it may be more difficult for you to complete tasks such as painting the baby’s room or putting together nursery furniture once you get to the 3rd trimester.
The 2nd trimester tends to be the sweet spot for many pregnant women. You will likely have more energy than you did in the 1st trimester and you may not have as much trouble getting around as you will in the 3rd trimester. Try to get as much of the big stuff done early. That way, you can spend the 3rd trimester truly nesting and preparing the small details for your little one.
How to choose a baby nursery theme
Once you’re ready to start planning your nursery, the next step is choosing a theme. There are so many options out there for baby nursery themes and choosing one can sometimes seem daunting.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Start with the colors. If you’re unsure what you want the theme to be, start by choosing the color scheme instead. Building the theme off the colors you like is often easier than trying to plan a theme first. Remember you’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery as well. Make sure the colors you choose bring you joy as well.
- Start with one item. Finding baby nursery decor that you love can be a challenge, but if you’ve chosen your colors and are still unsure what theme to go with, start by picking out just one item you like. Finding at least one item, whether it’s a lamp or a piece of furniture, can help you narrow down your focus and give you inspiration for the rest of the nursery.
- Keep it flexible. Although it will be a while before your little one has their own preferences on colors and themes, keep in mind that your baby will be a toddler before you know it. If you plan on switching up the room once they have a favorite character or a favorite color, design the space in such a way that you don’t have to put too much effort in when you want to change it up.
- Give yourself grace. Suppose you enjoy decorating for your new baby and have plenty of ideas. In that case, it’s okay to put a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect nursery. But don’t forget to offer yourself grace as well. Even if your nursery isn’t “Pinterest perfect,” there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple if that’s all you’re able to do.
Baby nursery essentials
When it comes to buying furniture for the baby nursery and other items, it’s helpful to start with the items you know you will use consistently. Here are unique baby furniture and accessories for every nursery from some of our favorite brands.
Crib and crib mattress
When it comes to comfort and safety, finding the right crib and crib mattress can be tricky. Delta Children has an affordable Emery 4-in-1 Convertible Baby Crib that you’ll be able to use for many years to come. To go along with your baby’s new crib, Newton has a completely washable and non-toxic crib mattress that meets all safety standards.
With all the diapers you’ll have to change over the next couple of years, a changing table is a necessity. Changing table and dresser combos such as this one from the DaVinci Store are great if you’re looking for something to use long-term.
Whether you’re planning on bottle feeding or breastfeeding, you’ll be spending many late nights and early mornings in the nursery. This Tuscany Custom Glider and Ottoman with Lumbar Pillow from the Stork Craft Store will make the feeding sessions with your little one a lot more enjoyable for you.
Disposable diapers vs. cloth diapers is another decision you’ll make before the baby arrives. If you choose disposable diapers, you’ll need a place to throw away the dirty ones. A diaper disposal system is a must-have in the nursery, whether you’re cleaning the diapers or getting rid of them. The all-in-one Playtex Complete Diaper Pail, with Built-in Odor Controlling Antimicrobial from Diaper Genie is a favorite among parents.
A good rule of thumb for nursery setup is to have everything you might need within arm’s reach of the changing table. To accomplish this, you’ll need a good storage system. A changing table organizer is a great way to keep diapers, wipes, and anything else you may need close by.
Nursery safety checklist
When you are putting your nursery together, safety is one of the first things you should consider. From the furniture you choose to the room setup, making sure your nursery is safe for your little one before they arrive will save you a lot of worries later.
Here are some nursery safety tips:
- Outlet covers are a simple and quick way to make sure your nursery is safe for your baby. You can purchase a large pack of outlet covers for less than $5.
- Make sure none of the baby’s furniture is placed near or under the window.
- Familiarize yourself with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep recommendations as you’re planning your nursery.
- Ensure you do your research before buying any new products for the nursery and register any new products you purchased to be notified of any recalls.
- Baby proofing ahead of time is crucial for the safety of your baby. Be sure to read our baby proofing article before setting up your nursery.
As you’re preparing your nursery, don’t forget to think about your comfort as well. You and your new baby will be spending a lot of time there once they arrive, and it should be a comfortable and joyful place for both of you. Remember, the perfect nursery reflects who you are and how much you love your little one. Whether you’re looking for nursery ideas for a boy or a girl, the love you put into it is truly most important, no matter what it looks like in the end.