Designing a baby nursery can be a super fun and satisfying experience. However, it can also leave you feeling a tad overwhelmed if you don’t know where to begin from. Don’t worry, we have your back! Our nursery design ideas and list of must-haves will definitely help you prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy.

The first and the most important tip from our side is to try to plan your baby nursery layout as well as nursery decor well before the birth if possible. Starting early can give you a good amount of time to ensure that the space you create is safe, warm, and healthy. 

You can begin designing the nursery in your second trimester. It’s also the time when you get to know your baby’s gender (for those who decide to find out) and therefore you’ll have a better idea of the nursery colors or themes you’d want.

Before you welcome a new and wonderful life into your lives, home, and heart — it’s important to have everything organized and planned. 

Here are nine things that you MUST have for the most perfect baby nursery. 

1. Sturdy crib

Baby crib

You really need to invest in a comfortable and quality crib. A quality crib is an important piece of furniture for your baby’s nursery. Make sure it meets the US safety standards. And while you think of this piece of baby furniture as a temporary item and not worth the expense, keep in mind that a mini crib is the one place you’ll leave your baby alone. Therefore, you don’t want to compromise on the safety and quality aspects. 

Moreover, most kids sleep in their cribs for three or more years. Some cribs convert to toddler beds and even full-sized beds. Also, it will come in handy if you’re planning to have more children. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep the baby crib color gender-neutral.

2. Comfortable bedding

crib bedding

Your baby bedding can effortlessly make the nursery stunning and comfortable. It’s also a great way to incorporate a theme or create a color palette for space.

Invest in super-comfortable crib mattresses and at least 5 to 6 crib fitted sheets. The more the better. Unless you want to keep doing laundry constantly! Make sure the bedding is soft to the touch and 100% cotton as a baby’s skin is highly sensitive.

If you want the crib to have a more traditional look, you can opt for a crib skirt. It will add warmth and an old-world charm to the nursery. For a more modern crib design, you may go for bright sheets with popular Disney characters.  

3. Changing table

Changing table

Well, how do we put it pleasantly? With babies come dirty diapers. And, lots and lots of changes. In order to keep things organized and stress-free, it’s important that you have all the essentials close at hand and a changing table where you can do the dirty deed quickly and efficiently.

You can either have a freestanding changing table or add a changing pad on top of an existing dresser. The former will be handier and can be repurposed later into a toy storage or a bookcase. Trust us, you’ll not regret buying this nursery furniture. 

4. Storage space

Baby storage space

Don’t be fooled by the tiny size of your newborn. The littlest of people need the most stuff. Their soft toys, blankets, diapers, clothes, the colorful books that will become a part of their nightly routine — all need to be stored. 

Choose storage items that will last through most phases of your child’s life. For example, an open bin storage now can be transformed into a toy box as the child grows up. 

Make sure you choose low-profile bin designs as they can be easily tucked away under the crib. Having lots of hanging closet storage and dresser drawers to store diapers, wipes, change of clothes, ointments, lotions, etc. are a must. 

5. Nursery or rocking chair

Apart from the crib, changing table and the other nursery furniture items, here’s another must-have for your baby nursery. A rocking chair! Whether you’re nursing your baby or reading out wonderful stories, you will need a comfortable place to sit. This is where you’ll rock your baby to sleep, feed her, laugh with her, or cuddle with her. A good rocking chair or glider will see you through many parent-baby bonding sessions. 

So, choose your nursery chair wisely. Look for chair fabric that cleans easily and holds up to a lot of wear and tear (we’re thinking spit ups, poop, and regurgitated milk!). 

We like the idea of a rocking chair helping lull your baby to sleep. The soft movement relaxing both of you. And yes, don’t forget an ottoman and a throw blanket. There’s nothing like putting your feet up after a long day for a cozy nap with your little one. You definitely deserve it!  

6. Easy-to-clean rug

nursery rug

Once you’ve got the utilitarian pieces of your nursery in place, it’s time to get to work on decorating the space. A beautiful rug will add a lot of personality to the space. Moreover, a soft rug will cushion your baby as she learns to sit, crawl, and walk. 

When choosing a rug, always remember to match it with the flooring. For instance, if you have wood flooring, a plush wool or shag rug will be a good idea. 

Don’t opt for long pile rugs; they can pose a choking hazard. When it comes to selecting a carpet, opt for a flat weave one that will add color to the space without adding bulk.

Whichever you choose, make sure it cleans easily. Keep in mind that most wool rugs are easy to clean and cotton rugs can be machine washed. 

7. Soothing curtains

nursery design

Curtains are one of the most important parts of your baby nursery design. The right color and pattern will add warmth to the space and help your baby sleep peacefully — shutting out the daylight outside.

Using a blackout shade or curtains with a built-in blackout liner is a good idea. It will darken the room at nap time. If you have limited space for the nursery, consider soothing Roman shades or short tailored panels. They’ll be less bulky and yet will make the baby room appear spacious.

8. Soft-edged bookcase

small bookcase

A small bookcase (with no sharp edges, please!) next to the nursery chair is a great idea for your bedtime stories together. Select a case with a flat top. You can then have a spot to place a bottle of water, baby creme, or any other essentials. 

9. Safe lamp

Nursery lamp

Now that you have an adorable baby in your arms, a nice comfy chair, and an engaging book — you only need one more thing. A quality lamp with the most soothing light. Place it nearby so that you can easily reach out to switch it on if needed or off once the baby is fast asleep. 

Last words

The nursery is your baby’s first home. It’s up to you to make the space inviting, calming, and happy. Creating a nursery that’s functional, comfortable, and fun is a great idea — for both the baby as well as the new parent.

We hope these nursery ideas will help you design a nursery that will be so perfect that it will make you smile, relax, and enjoy together. Happy parenting!

9 Must-Have Items for Designing the Perfect Baby Nursery was last modified: February 11th, 2021 by Ramona Sinha
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