I have a few friends who are coming up on their due dates and super stressed about bringing baby home to a comfortable, beautiful space. I know the stress I was there 8 months pregnant with my son and just so eager to get all the pieces together so I could finally have the moment where it’s low lit and I’m rocking him in this big chair. I get it! I totally fantasized about it too!
So for our nursery I was given a crib. Now many mom’s get to pick theirs out but mine was handed down to me from my father. Who, made this crib for me when my mother was pregnant. I measured the slats to make sure it was safe and up to standards before confirming I would use it. This crib was fitted with a slide down rail and we immobilized it and raised the springs up when he was a newborn. I would strongly discourage you from thrifting your crib, I did because it was extremely well made. Check all the safety standards for your crib. All cribs purchased first hand should be up to code! If you have questions about further safety precautions to take before bringing baby home I have provided a link here.
So I could not change the color of the crib (it would have devastated my dad) you can actually read more about our relationship here so I started with it instead and worked my room around his bed. My husband and I actually made his chest of drawers while I was pregnant with Daxton. I even hand mixed a custom stain so it would match the oak! (When the crib was made it probably just had a clear coat on it but, because it was older the color had drastically changed).
I would NOT get a changing table. I would suggest getting a chest of drawers and placing the changing pad on top. A changing table will not have another use when you’re done with having children.
Black out curtains are a must for your baby to get good rest. This is so vital right when you bring them home because their days and nights are all jacked up! Curtains also dampen sound from the outside world and help create a cozy atmosphere. Designer Tip: What I did in Daxton’s room was found a sheer curtain that I loved with texture and found a solid blackout panel (that was ugly and boring) and placed it behind the sheer curtain. So I got the look of the texture but the blackout that I needed. Designer tip: Hang your curtains either all the way to the top of the ceiling or halfway between the top of the window and the ceiling. Your rail width wise should extend about a foot beyond the width of the window. This allows your window to feel more grand and larger than it truly is.
Look for ways to bring soft elements to the room without it being the bedding. Bare is best! I made this cute little pillow for the chair to bring color into his rather neutral room. I also chose soft fabrics for his changing pad and added a thick rug in a dark color to bring in more softness. You could even drape a soft, minky blanket over the chair for color and added softness. Sleep Specialist Tip: Do not purchase bold, printed crib sheets with high contrast like black and white or navy and white. This is distracting and not soothing for baby. Find patterns and colors that are tonal such as light gray and white or baby pink and white etc.
Avoid using overhead lights. In modern homes today many homes will have one outlet that’s tied to a switch. I would suggest using this! Having Daxton’s room be lit by a lamp creates ambiance and softness to a room. After all we want the baby’s room to make you want to be snuggly! To go along with this, pay attention to lights that are present when the room is dark. So in Daxton’s room the monitor shines a green light when it’s on and so does his sound machine we DON’T want any external light in their rooms. Black electric tape works wonders to cover these up. Sleep Specialist Tip: Your baby isn’t scared of the dark and you don’t need to see where you’re going in the middle of the night. Therefore you don’t need a nightlight in their room. This disrupts their sleep enormously!
Create a Nook just for Cozy Time this will most likely be your feeding chair. I placed a small side table next to the chair that had all my nursing supplies. This included a charger for my phone, a few bottles of water, lanolin cream, nursing pads and a Vava. Never heard of a Vava? Mom Tip: When you’re first learning how to nurse you kinda need to see what you’re doing but it’s often times in the middle of the night and baby’s room is pitch black. What do you do? You buy a VAVA. This little light has a touch sensitive dimmer in either a white or yellow light. You can adjust it just by the tap or press of your hand. It’ s not disruptive to baby and you can see what you’re doing. Here is the link!
As Daxton has gotten older and I don’t need all those supplies I’ve changed that out for a stack books we read before it’s time for nap. I’ve also set it sound machine (set to white noise only) on their as well. This makes getting ready for nap time a breeze.
Decorate up high if you notice my pictures are hung quite a bit higher up than where you normally would hang them. I have done this because from a young age my son loved to mess with them! I have placed them high enough that he has to stand to interfere with them (by then I can wrangle him back down haha!). When designing your nursery I would suggest adding floating shelves up high to add decorations and momentos. This helps for two reasons 1. You never have to worry about them pulling a bookcase down on them and 2. You can safely display all that you love without fear it’s going to get pushed off and broken. Decorate this way now so you don’t have broken things or a hurt child later.
These are all the tips I have for right now. However! In the near future I will be going over exactly what’s in each of his drawers and WHY I’ve organized his drawers this way. I promise you, it will save you so much headache and your changing station will always look polished and clean!
Hope this helps!