Having a baby in the future? Nursery room planning is one of the most fun aspects of preparing for an incoming baby but it can also be stressful. Monica Pedersen shares her tips and tricks for designing the perfect nursery for your newborn. This room was made for a baby girl but all of Monica’s ideas can also be applied to a boy’s room.
Sources: crib with padded headboard, white dresser, change pad and cover, dwell bird crib sheet, dwell play blanket, pink and white bird blanket, bird cushion, Moms to Be and More; side table, Urban Barn; rocker, Pottery Barn Kids; wallpaper, Farrow and Ball; frames, art ledges, sheepskin, Ikea; rug, Hellenic Rugs; books, baskets, rocking horse, Homesense; chandelier, Putti Fine Furnishings; .stuffed toys, Indigo.
Cribs and Bedding
First, if you are having a baby and don’t have a crib yet don’t panic: the baby sleeps in a bassinet for the first few months anyway! When you are finally ready to buy a crib, this simple white crib is actually a great investment. It’s traditional but clean lined with button tufted backing that’s easily wipe-able. Not only is it a crib, but it also turns into a toddler bed. It’s great for parents who want to keep things simple. By reusing the same bed it will match the décor already created for the baby. Bedding for your little one should definitely be more of an investment. You want quality products here in natural fabrics to let your baby breathe easy. This modern tree print in yellow and pink feels fresh. It’s also a nice designer touch!
Since this nursery is designed for a baby girl, Monica went with a soothing pale pink palette. The wainscoting is elegant and keeps the wallpaper from looking too young. Parents are often worried about their little ones damaging wallpaper, but this high gloss wainscoting will take care of that issue, should it come up in the future.
Changing Area and Rocker
You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a change table for the baby, just add a change pad on top of a dresser and you're all set! This dresser is great because it has a timeless appeal and can be used in any room down the road. Same goes for this wing back rocker, it has traditional lines but done in a clean and modern way.
When it comes to picking a rug, choose a low pile wool rug that’s soft for baby's skin. It’s also a natural material and easy to clean. Plus a low pile makes it easier to find pacifiers and small toys that could be choking hazards.
Lighting can be something that can grow with your child so don’t be afraid to invest more in these pieces. You can also put these on dimmers to make the lighting super soft for your baby’s eyes.
For the art, why not DIY? Here we used one of our favourite children’s books and framed some of the pages with beautiful artwork.
Lastly, make sure you have plenty of storage bins and hampers as these items are handy for organizing toys and clothes. Just make sure these bins are woven or made of a material that is breathable. As soon as your baby starts to crawl they love to get into these bins and turn them over onto their heads!