Top Five Things You Should Know When Setting up Your Nursery


Making room for a baby is an exciting adventure in every parent’s life. There is so much to look forward to and so much to do before the baby arrives, it can all get pretty hectic. Here are five pieces of advice that stand the test of time from experienced parents who have been there and survived.

Number One: Start Early

No matter how busy you are now, life will be much more so after you bring baby home, so don’t procrastinate setting up that important room in which he or she (and you) will be spending most of their time. Now is the time to determine what you need and where those things will best fit in the space you have. The obvious necessities are a crib, changing table, nursing station, a place to put baby’s clothes and storage for the many supplies a baby needs to get through their first year and probably beyond.

Number Two: Don’t get too Passionate about a Specific Decor Theme

For one thing, your baby doesn’t care about what their room looks like and he or she won’t care if it is blue for boys or pink for girls. Baby will only need a place to sleep and a place to nurse, and that is true for many months to come. The point is, decorate in a theme or style that you’d love and don’t fret about the artistic taste of the new arrival, they don’t have any preferences in interior design (yet).

The best way to start filling in the nursery decor is to choose a focal point in the room. This could be an accent wall, an architectural feature or a window. Take a good look at the room and something will pop out, or nothing will and that is where an accent wall or even a mural on the ceiling could be the basis for the nursery setup.

A good idea is to gather the furniture pieces you need and take the color palette from them. For example, if the crib, changing table, nursing station and dresser are all white, you can either go minimalist and keep everything pale and sparse, or go with an abundance of color with paint and decorative objects to set off the white.

Number Three: The Changing Station, Nursing Station and Sanitation Station

A simple changing table has a padded top, open shelving or drawers to hold diapers, baby wipes and other baby changing essentials. The open shelving may be more convenient, but the drawers offer a neater appearance and you won’t need to worry about regularly straightening up the shelves. Some tables also come with hamper for dirty baby clothes, which can be a great space saver. All of them solve the problem of keeping diaper-changing supplies within easy reach. 

The nursing station should include:

  • A comfortable chair with a washable fabric upholstery
  • An end table with storage for nursing essentials like pads and creams, and a book or magazine for you
  • Low lighting, which is calming for those late-night feedings, but not so low that you can’t see what you are doing.

A sanitation station can include a diaper pail that is especially designed for odor control while it holds dirty diapers. These special pails come with a squeezing device that removes excess waste and compacts the diaper so more can fit in the pail. The pails have liners so you can easily and neatly remove the diapers when the pail is full. Be warned that some diaper pails require expensive specialty replacement liners, and some use the much cheaper, regular household trash bags.

Number Four: Organization and Storage

Develop a plan on how you are going to organize baby clothes and what type of storage the nursery will require for baby clothes, linens, toys and everything else a baby needs.

Number Five: A Ceiling Fan and Blackout Shades

The ceiling fan will keep the baby from over-heating. Since over-heating has been found to be one of the main causes of SIDS, this is an essential part of a safe nursery.

Blackout shades are another necessity because babies will be sleeping any time night or day and just like people of all ages, find it difficult to sleep in bright light.

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