So one of the benefits of revealing the nursery 7 months late is that I get a little bit of perspective about what I needed and what I didn’t need in the nursery. So for those of you in the process of planning yours, I thought I might have some insight. These are in no particular order. I just wrote them in the order that they came to me.
1. Glider and ottoman
I know you know that you need a glider. It’s a no brainer, but you may think that you should get one of the super cheapo ones. Please don’t. If you are going to spend good money on something, make it your glider. Please. I can not tell you how many endless hours are spent in this thing, how many times I feel asleep in nursing him and how thankful I am for having a comfortable glider.
There are many reasons to have a nightlight…
- so you don’t wake the baby up too much in the middle of the night
- so you don’t break your neck when you go in to check on the baby freaking out that he/she is not breathing (it happens… a lot)
- so you can tell if the baby is completely asleep without shining your cell phone on his/her face (not saying that happened, but I’m not saying it didn’t)
- because it just looks cute
You can see it on the little table above. While it's not the most beautiful accessory, it is necessary. Especially in the early days of breastfeeding, you need to know what time you started feeding, what time you ended, when the next one starts, etc... a lot of things are based around a schedule and it just helps.
4. Toy Receptacle
Anything that can corral all of your baby item’s toys. I used a cute little basket that was given to me at a shower. I would say that it’s nice that it’s not a closed box and that it’s lightweight. I like that I can move it with us wherever we are going to play and I like that I can scoop everything up and drop it in. Some people might thing that you want to cover it all up with a lid, but seriously… this is a child’s room! It’s ok if you see the toys.
We had a awkward little corner that wouldn’t have been good for anything else, but it’s been so great to have a few shelves for his books, stuffed animals and knickknacks that’s out of the way. I never knew babies had knickknacks, but they definitely do.
6. Container for baby items
We have this sweet little vintage duck container, but anything will do. Jack’s hairbrush, diaper cream, powder, lotion, droppers, etc are all kept from cluttering up everything in this little guy.
7. Open Picture Frames
Ideally, these would be filled shortly after birth, but if you’re me, then that doesn’t happen. But you don’t really have time to go looking for a picture frame after birth so it’s nice to already have it there waiting for you… whenever you might have time to get a picture printed.
8. Open floor Space
We have a large blanket that I throw on the floor, surround him with a bunch of toys and let him play for a while. You’ll want some space for them to be able to play.
I can’t tell you how many times I want to put him down to run to the bathroom or run downstairs to get something or fold his laundry. A mobile will keep him entertained for the 5-10 minutes that I need. Even in the beginning he was fascinated by it. I’m sad that it’s nearing time to take it down since he has grabbed it more than once.
I know it’s a no-brainer, but they go through a lot of clothes and this is something I didn’t remember to get until the week before he was born.
11. something personal
I want Jack to know that even though this room is gender neutral and I didn’t know his name, that this room was made for him. Above is a cross-stitch sampler that I made for him before his birth but finished in the month or two (or 4) after his birth. It has his name, weight, birthday, etc on it. The one above (in pink) is the same sampler my Mom made for me when I was born. I plan to make this for each child to help make the nursery theirs while they are in it.
I also have the little Jack bunting that a friend made for me for a party that was thrown in Jack’s honor after he was born:
12. LOTS OF STORAGE
We have a huge closet, a large dresser, the toy chest and the bookshelf and they are all filled. They need a lot of stuff. It doesn’t seem like it when they are a newborn because everything is so tiny but they quickly start using up more and more storage.
Hope this helps!
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