The idea of taking care of a baby may be overwhelming, especially for new parents, but it helps to be prepared! Decorating a nursery is perhaps one of the most life-changing projects you’ll ever take on so spend as much time as you need planning the little one’s bedroom.
The good news is, you can always incorporate your personal style into the overall design of the nursery. You can be as creative as you want to be, exploring different small apartment ideas and whimsical touches to create the dreamiest nursery for your little cherub! Below are small apartment ideas for creating the perfect nursery:
The heart of the nursery is, of course, the crib. Since a crib is not exactly cheap, take time finding the right crib design and shade! Some cribs are made of wood; others are constructed using a combination of rigid plastic, metal frame, and colorful textile. There are cribs that come with vintage-y, ornate designs while others are sleek and frills-free like this 3-in-1 Wayfair convertible crib:
The design of the crib sets the tone for the nursery’s overall look. As such, choose a design that goes well with the room’s existing decor and color scheme.
Crib Mattress + Beddings
If you’d like to get more bang for your buck, take advantage of bundled products. Some cribs come with crib mattresses and beddings. On the other hand, if you want to get the best for your baby, buy the crib essentials – such as a baby mattress, pillows, beddings, etc., – separately. Since babies puke, pee, and poop all the time, you have to invest in several bedding sets.
Always choose crib accessories that are made from organic, hypoallergenic and machine-washable materials. The Emily & Meritt Stars baby bedding set by Pottery Barn is designed with sweet spangled patterns. The bedding is made from the softest organic cotton percale money can buy! The fitted crib sheets, beddings, and quilt are guaranteed safe for your baby because the materials are free from over 300 harmful substances.
Changing the baby’s diaper takes a lot of work! You’ll need a place to change your baby’s dirty diapers to minimize the mess. A changing table makes diaper changing easier and less messy. You can either buy a stand-alone changing table or get a crib with a built-in changing table.
I highly suggest investing in a separate changing table because this piece usually comes with more room for extra diapers, washcloths, etc. A standalone changing table also comes with space for diaper changing essentials – such as baby powder, rash cream, wet wipes, etc. – so they are always within easy reach. IKEA offers a variety of changing tables, like the Sniglar changing table. This piece is made from durable beech wood. The perfect height allows you to change dirty diapers in a snap.
Since the baby is a poo and pee machine, you need a special kind of trash bin to prevent dirty diapers from stinking up the nursery. A diaper pail is a sealed trash bin designed to contain the foulest diaper odors! This trash bin comes with a foot pedal so the cover opens and closes with ease, perfect if your hands are literally full.
When choosing a diaper pail, go for one that’s made of stainless steel because the material won’t absorb bad odors. The Bubula steel diaper pail is made of heavy-duty stainless steel and boasts of a chic, versatile design!
Nightly feedings do not have to mean sleepless nights when you’re sitting comfortably on a cozy chair. No need to go for a specific type of chair, choose a piece that feels as comfortable as possible. A sofa chair, a rocking chair, even a simple armchair will work perfectly! Whatever type of chair you choose, make sure the chair offers impeccable back and shoulder support to make the nightly feedings easier for you.
If you’re shopping around for a nursing chair, Amazon has a great selection to choose from! One of my favorite designs is the Custom Hoop Glider and Ottoman by StorkCraft. The seating room is quite generous, the material is high quality, and the chair glides in a smooth, fluid motion, perfect for soothing a cranky baby!
Bath and Body Essentials + Storage
You’ll need an arsenal of bath and body essentials to keep your little one smelling clean and fresh all day and night! As such, you need a designated nook for your baby’s bath and body supplies. Assuming that you bought a changing table, you can turn this piece of furniture into a changing station complete with bath essentials.
On the other hand, you can turn a corner into a storage area for baby supplies by investing in a dresser or installing floating shelves. If the baby room is too small for bigger pieces of furniture, opt for hanging canvas organizers or a storage caddy to organize the baby’s bath and body products. Target has a great selection of compact storage solutions for the nursery so shop around to find the perfect products that suit your needs.
Investing in baby monitors is a must for your baby’s safety and for your peace of mind! Baby monitors are available in a variety of designs and feature so do your research! Do not let the price be the sole deciding factor when buying baby monitors because you get exactly what you pay for. Find out which brands offer the best products for the price.
Opt for a baby monitor set that comes with wireless technology, sensitive motion sensors, a strong reception, and of course, clear video. One of the highest rated baby monitoring set you can find on Amazon is the Infant Optics DXR-8.This baby monitor that comes with interchangeable optical lens capability, a large, full-color LCD display, long battery life, sound-activated light alerts, and a customizable viewing angle.
Define the nursery by embellishing it with an area rug! Area rugs are versatile decors, they add a touch of whimsy to the nursery while protecting your hardwood floor from scratches. On top of that, the rugs create a safe and soft play area for growing babies.
Choose an area rug made of a soft, breathable and easy to clean material. The material should be plush yet firm. It should have a non-slip bottom so the rug won’t slip and slide. Crate and Barrel has a lovely selection of nursery area rugs. One of my favorites is the Tally Blue rug!