Practical Tips for Designing Your Dream Nursery

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As soon as I found out I was having a girl, I began designing her nursery! I thought it was going to be easy. After all, I had secretly been hoping for a girl and planning her imaginary nursery in my head for months. When it came to actually purchasing the items for her room, I was a bit overwhelmed.

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Everything was so cute and I had a hard time differentiating between what I wanted for her nursery and what we actually needed for her nursery. I sat down with a couple of my girlfriends who had older children and asked for advice. Below I have compiled some of their helpful tips, to help anyone else who might find themselves lost in piles of baby catalogues and websites.

  • Plan a room that has longevity. Kids grow up fast! It is important to pick wall treatments and furniture that can transition to preschool and maybe even grade school – unless you have the financial mean to entirely redo the room in a just a few short years.
  • Look for “double duty” furniture. This will help if you are planning to have a room that will last through childhood. Many changing tables can be converted to a dresser once your little one is out of diapers. This is practical and easy on your wallet!
  • Be mindful of windows. Once you have chosen a crib, it is important to make sure it isn't in a spot where baby's sleep could be interrupted by direct sunlight or a light from the street at night.
  • Chose hardwood floors. Hardwood floors with area rugs are a better choice for nurseries. First, hardwood floors are easier to clean and they don't harbor allergens as wall-to-wall carpeting does. Also, area rugs are easy to switch out as your child grows and inevitably their tastes change.
  • Plan lots of storage space. Trust me, you'll need it!
  • Don't forget a place for you! It is important to include a comfortable place to sit, you will be spending a lot of time in this room, rocking your new baby to sleep and playing as they grow older.

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Best of luck with the room. If you keep these things in mind as you plan, you will end up with a functional, attractive room that will hopefully last throughout childhood.

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46 comments

  1. susan says:

    cant wait to start my nursery

  2. Brittinee says:

    I start my Nursery this week for a little girl I definitely can’t wait wait to see it all come together

  3. Moyo says:

    So wall-wall carpeting isn’t good?

  4. Lynn says:

    We had trouble finding something that was in between boring and Babyish (like Pooh) and so crazily original you would never nursery items for it (like Harry Potter). We will wait and see what is on sale.

  5. Caitlyn says:

    I cant wait to begin the nursery!

  6. liz says:

    i did this course 5 times and i did not get the badge 🙂

    • Megan Klay says:

      Hi Liz – Can you please let us know which course you’re speaking about? It looks like you have your ‘Preparing Your Home’ Course badge. We’ll be happy to help!

      • LIZ says:

        HI Megan, im talking about preparing your home course, because in my badges still just 12/13 and when i open the course badge that one still in grey and doesn’t show when i completed, just show the description about the course, tnx so much for your help i apreciate it 🙂 Liz

  7. Christina says:

    We are looking for a new place and as soon as we move we will be baby proofing

  8. Jack says:

    It is SOOO hard not to buy everything! Especially when there’s so many cute things to choose from! One thing I’ve never bought for either of my children is designer baby shoes! As awesome as they are, I refuse to pay $50 for a pair of baby Converse AllStars. Haha

  9. Timothy says:

    i think our house is just about as ready as WE R….

  10. dj says:

    Good info 🙂

  11. Daniela says:

    I didn’t get a badge either

  12. kalivt says:

    This was a great course. My little man will be sharing a room with his big sister for a little bit. So NO nursery for us. But luckily her favorite color is blue or turquoise and we’re doing yellow accents for him. Grey and white will be the main colors. Thanks to pintrest too I’ve gotten some great help

  13. Stephanie says:

    Didn’t get credit for doing this course either…but it had some good reminders of some things I still need to do before baby comes.

  14. Momo says:

    Thanks for all the great info!

  15. I finished it twice & didn’t even receive a badge =/

  16. patty_zumba says:

    Great information I would definitely try all these!

  17. Claudia says:

    A lot of great information was provided! Reminded mW of last minute things I need to do for my son’s nursery.

  18. Informative and insightful

  19. ProudMomma says:

    The registry information was very helpful because this is my first time making one and felt a bit overwhelmed.

  20. MrsPearson says:

    Ive got everything ill ever need an then some thank GOD!

  21. William says:

    This was great advice and gave me ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. Thanks

  22. Toshi89 says:

    My biggest worry is getting everything set up in time. We are moving the month before my due date, so we can’t do any home perpetration until then.

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