Remember that moment when you found out you were going to have a baby? The rush of emotions usually trumps everything else, but eventually logistics come into play and you have to get that nursery ready. It usually goes something like this. “Oh we have lots of time, I’ll blissfully fold clothes neatly on my tummy in between the changing table and crib.” And maybe that was your reality, or maybe not. Maybe you have a two year old sleeping in a nursery packed with gear you’ve used once and a pile of clothes covering all available surfaces.
For those of you who don’t know me, I am a minimalist, a mom of twin girls and I strive to make sure we don’t buy things we simply don’t need or won’t use for a good long time. So here’s my how-to-set-up-a-nursery plan (For a complete list of sources, please see below):
Think Ahead. Avoid the temptation to buy into a theme room or purchase pieces that can only be used for a year or two. Buy things you love and that will both complement your home AND work well for a young child.
When it comes to lighting in a nursery, always go for the dimmers. Your middle of the night half awake self will thank you. This pendant is playful and adds some colour too. Also, you might want to avoid the night light altogether or consider a salt lamp with an amber glow out of baby’s reach.
Cribs need not be an investment. I say go basic here. Think Walmart.com or Ikea. Buy white or light sheets as they are easy to keep clean and sleep sacs were a favourite in our house.
Skip the change table and buy a big dresser instead – like this one from Ikea. You can easily stack a changing pad (This one by Keekaroo looks comfy) on top and embrace the concept of a lot of closed storage. We cloth diapered and loved this hanging bag by Fuzzibunz (you hang it on the door until it’s time to do laundry then you just unzip the bottom and shake, then throw it into the wash as well). If you are going to use disposable diapers, you will need a diaper pail.
Accessorize with colour and keep your walls (fairly) subtle. I’m not talking beige (please not beige) but consider an unsaturated hue and then add the colour in other places. My go-to brand for paint – Farrow & Ball. Also, how cute are these bookends!
Think lower. Prepare yourself to spend a lot of time on the floor. So make it comfortable with an area rug that has a variety of colours so it won’t show stains easily, or is washable like this line. The floor is a great place for low storage like these baskets and this book shelf (it’s on my personal to buy list!).
Get yourself a rocker OR chair. I think everyone envisions themselves rocking their little one to sleep, but your child may hate it. Personally we had a beautiful leather rocker and we still like it enough to keep it in our basement family room but I think we actually rocked in it a dozen times ever. This one is definitely nice enough to move down to the living room and I love these ottomans stacked as a footrest. This side table will transition easily to a bedside table when your child graduates to an actual bed. A comfortable (+ stylish) armchair could work nicely as well.
Get an organizing system in there now. I love both the Ikea Algot line and the Rubbermaid line.
1. Loa Chandelier by Sazerac Stitches | 2. Baby Mod Marley Convertible Crib | 3. Hurdal 9 Drawer Chest by Ikea | 4. Island Spirit Bookends by Anthropologie | 5. Marbled Layers Rug by Land of Nod | Sequin Basket and Jute Laundry Basket both by Leif | 6. Monte Jackson Rocker at Fab Baby Gear | Popsicle Art Print by Ivie Baby | Yellow Cat Pillow by Dancing in the Rains 7. Alseda Stool by Ikea | 8. ML Nightstand by Oeuf | 9. Keekaroo Peanut Changer | FuzziBunz Diaper Pail | 10. Slotted System Bookshelf – 2 in Gloss White by Book—Shop
Love some hands on help getting your nursery baby ready?
Want more design inspiration? Follow Ashley on Instagram