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Throwback Thursday: Preparing the Nursery



We've decided to get back into the groove of our regular schedule. It's been tough with all the reviews we currently have but with friends having babies we thought this would be a great idea to once again give out a few tips.

Now most of you know all about my Throwback Thursday posts. It's where I highlight a photo of myself from the past and mommy and I share a few tips. Todays tips is going to be all about preparing the nursery for baby. Now I wish this could be picture laden but we'll see how it goes.


This is  a picture of my nursery before I was born. Everything is not highlighted in there but you can see almost everything. This was before mommy decided and I decided after a turned a year old that ladybugs were not for me. Now I'm an owl person because I'm a night baby. I love being up with the owls. Here are the essentials that both mommy and I know you're going to need. I'm also going to list a few things that aren't essential but are also fun to have. 

  • Crib & Mattress:- Babies need somewhere to sleep and although mommy and I condone co-sleeping a lot of mommies don't. Do what you feel is best for you and your baby. Choose a safe and sturdy crib and also choose a mattress that fits snugly inside. When buying a crib make sure the slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. They should be close enough to prevent your baby from sticking his/her head through and getting stuck. Also look for a crib where the mattress height can be adjusted. I learned how to climb out of my crib at a very early age and mommy decided the best thing for me was a toddler bed. There are cribs that can be converted to a toddler bed when that time arrives which may save some money in the long run. 
  • Mobile :- This can be attached to either your crib or your changing table. They come in lots of colors and sizes and choosing the one you love the best might be a challenge. With different themes and music selection try to find one that has a volume adjuster. There are a few with remotes as well that helps if baby hasn't fallen asleep and you don't want to go in the room for baby to see you. Mommy went through 3 of them until she found the perfect one for me. 
  • Bassinets / Moses Baskets :- This can be very convenient especially if you have baby in a separate room from your own. Mommy had a c-section and having me in her room for the first few days in my own basket helped a lot. They can be moved from room to room easily and are also a very cozy way for baby to sleep. For those who would prefer not having baby in bed with them this makes it easier to feed baby in the middle of the night since baby can be right beside your bedside. 
  • Changing Table with Pad :- This makes it a lot easier to change baby since it usually has shelves where you can store everything that baby is going to need for the many diaper changes that you're going to be doing. Sure you can change your baby on your own bed but we loved our changing table. Once you have no need for a changing table it can be used for other things as well. With some cute baskets you can now store other items for your toddler instead.
  • Diaper Pail :- After changing baby you're going to need somewhere to store those stinky diapers. There are lots of options out there on the market with some working a lot better than others. Bear in mind that a lot of them require special bags that need to be replaced very often and can become very costly in the long run. Try to find one that uses regular plastic bags. After all you get a lot of those whenever you go shopping. You'll also be recycling and saving money. 
  • Glider and Ottoman :- This is a nice quiet place to soothe and feed your baby with the back and forth motion the glider/rocker gives. When buying a glider/rocker make sure that it is sturdy enough for you and has nice padded armrests and seat cushions. Mommy and I spent many a nights rocking back and forth in our glider. 

  • Rug or Play Mat :- You're going to start having tummy time which is very important to baby, so why not invest in something that is both aesthetically pleasing to both you and baby. It's also a place where you and baby will spend a lot of time. Mommy decided to have both a rug and play mat. 
  • Night Light :-  With late night feedings and check ups on baby you may not want to turn that bright overhead light on. You also don't want to stub your toe trying to feel your way around baby's room. That's where the nightlight comes in handy. Check on baby without actually waking up baby. 

  • Baby Monitor :- If you're a heavy sleeper like my daddy or if you live in a big house with baby's room not too close then a baby monitor will be a necessity. It also gives you peace of mind knowing baby is ok. With the advancement of monitors over the years there are quite a few to choose from. You can now not only hear your baby but see your baby as well in the middle of the night. 
  • Wall Decor :- Now this is all up to you. Whether you decide to do trains, cars, butterflies or fairy princesses this is all a matter of your preference. 
Now that we've brought you a few of the things we recommend when decorating your nursery what did we miss? What do you recommend as well? I would love to hear all about it. Be on the lookout for our post next week where we have something else for you mommies having your babies very soon. 


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  1. Im gonna share this to my sister who is having a baby in 3 months. She's gonna thank you,Madison. :)

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    1. Congratulations to your sister! I'm so happy I'm able to help her. ♥ Madison

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  2. Awe! I love seeing all of the pictures! These are some great products as well! Thank you for the recommendations! Love it!

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    1. You're very welcome. I hope our recommendation will help some other moms. ♥ Madison

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  3. Very cute! My first borns room was perfect months before he was born. My seconds room was still under construction when he was born!

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    1. Well at least he had an awesome room when it was all done I'm sure. ♥ Madison

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  4. It looks like she had an awesome nursery.

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    1. I really did and now I have an awesome toddler room. ♥ Madison

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  5. I remember being so adamant about needing a rocking chair when I was pregnant with my first son, and you know what? I think I used it once LOL. You have a great list here and it sounds like you've got it pretty much covered :)

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    1. Thank you. We used our rocking chair a lot when I was a baby and even when I was older I used it to rock myself until mommy decided I needed a toddler one made just for me. ♥ Madison

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  6. Very good tips for those who are just having babies. I remember when I was having babies... the old cribs were horrible and could fit a baby head between the slats. I was very lucky that my Daughter didn't get her head stuck and get hurt... but many did. A crib is a very importan choice.

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    1. That is so awful. I'm happy that they decided to change the cribs. Its terrible when babies get hurt. ♥ Madison

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  7. Love the list! The times have changed over the years for what to get for babies. Glad I didnt keep any of our stuff. Great list!

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    1. Thank you Teresa. The times surely have changed because my big sister didn't get these great stuff when she was a baby either. ♥ Madison

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  8. What a lovely nursery. I can't say I put that much thought into the nurseries my children had. My first son's did get a fresh coat of paint (but we lived in a rental so our decorating was limited). Second son had a newly gutted and refinished room. There wasn't anything on the walls (it's just not my thing) but everything was new, new carpet, walls, paint, windows, and in a 100+ year old house, he had the nicest room in the place. Third son slept in our room until he was well over a year old. Youngest son also slept in the same room as us often co-sleeping. lol

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    1. Mommy believes in co-sleeping. I still in mommy's bed at times even though I have my own room but mommy said that's going to stop very soon. ♥ Madison

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  9. Nice! Thanks for the tips Madison... I have a question for everyone... What type of diaper pail uses regular bags or shopping bags in particular? That would be great because not only would I save money but I have a gazillion bags that I could use and although I'm figuring that a regular garbage bin will be just as fine.. Prefer something designed to keep the stink at bay!!

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    1. Hi Kurl-Ann, Safety First has a diaper pail that uses regular bags. It's the Safety First Easy Saver Diaper Pail. It will surely save you lots of money having to buy refills even though they might be on sale. ♥ Madison

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    2. Thanks sweetie, will be looking into that for sure!

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  10. I'm waiting for grandchildren so I can see all of this again from my two sons. Excellent article for expecting moms and for you to look back and read again and show as Madison is growing up! :) From UBC and happy to be here!

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    1. That sounds awesome Carolyn, so happy you found us. I'm sure I'll be reading this again when I'm older and decide on having kids of my own. ♥ Madison

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  11. Kurl - You can just get a trashcan with a foot-pedal that has a nice, tight lid. Just be vigilant about taking out the trash! My husband and I have a diaper genie, but found discounted bags for them at Target that work great. Honestly, the key is just to make sure you're doing the normal household chores and get those dirty diapers out to where they need to be (the bin). Save those shopping bags anyway - they're handy to have in the diaper bag when you go out anywhere, both for diapers and clothes accidents.

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    1. True! Thanks Measi.. Hopefully plan on getting a diaper genie as well. Walmart, Target and Amazon have good deals on refills.

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    2. That really is the key Measi, being vigilant and taking the diapers outside. Even though they may say "odor free" they sometimes still smell. ♥ Madison

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  12. Aww how cute! <3 I bet it was amazing sorting out the nursery ready for the arrival! :) x

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    1. Mommy says it was really a lot of fun buying and decorating. She likes to decorate and make things look nicer. ♥ Madison

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    1. It really was but now it's no longer a nursery. ♥ Madison

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  14. This is a great list! I will share it! That nursery is adorable. My Brady had a space theme :) Also love that fluffy bear rug and then video monitor! I don't miss the days of being glued to the monitor.

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    1. Thank you for sharing my list. Oh that rug is still here and I still use it. It is so very comfortable and I just love laying on it. ♥ Madison

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  15. That is such a beautiful nursery! When I found out I was pregnant, I couldn't wait to decorate!

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    1. Mommy said she couldn't wait to decorate either and it was so tough finding the perfect decor. ♥ Madison

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  16. This is a fantastic throwback. You rule Amanda!

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    1. Thank you Diz Mommy. I try and do what I can at times. ♥ Madison

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  17. love the pictures and great recommendations

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    1. That's awesome April. Hopefully you'll be able to recommend them to others as well. ♥ Madison

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  18. All good tips. I got my son and his wife a baby monitor w/night vision because I knew it was going to come in handy and give them peace of mind. They do love it and it does do both. :)

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    1. That's great! The night vision monitors are awesome! I still have mine that I use but it doesn't get used as much since I've gotten much older. ♥ Madison

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  19. I love the photos of you as a wee one! I miss having to prep a nursery. Will there be a third child for Des and Scarlet to help care for? We shall see!

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    1. That would be awesome! I can't wait to hear if there will be one. I know Scarlet and Des will make great older siblings. ♥ Madison

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  20. I love looking at the photos of when she was small. You listed a nice list of things to get when preparing to have a baby. I never had a baby monitor when my kids were small but I wish we did. It sure can ease a parents mind by being able to see the baby at all times.

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    1. It really does ease mommies and daddies mind when you can see and hear what is going on, especially if baby is not in the room with you. ♥ Madison

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  21. Awww I love this. Look just how little you were Madison. Now you're a big girl. Love this Throwback Thursday

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    1. Yeah I'm growing up so fast, mommy said too fast! ♥ Madison

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  22. What a nice time to look back on! I can't believe how little she was!

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    1. Yeah I can't believe it myself when I look at it. I love being big though, I can do so much more stuff now. ♥ Madison

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  23. Nice nursery! The glider and ottoman are very important. I loved sitting in ours and rocking Krissy for hours.

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    1. Thank you. Being able to sit and relax with baby is so very important and that's where the glider and ottoman comes in. Babies love the rocking motion and it soothes them. I'm sure Krissy loved it as much as you did. ♥ Madison

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  24. I would definitely recommend a medula breast pump. They are the best. I am not a big fan on the diaper genie. I just used a trash can. I also loved my changing table! Mine was attached to my first crib. This was a great feature as we lived in a pretty small house at the time.

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    1. Yes the Medula breast pumps are awesome! Mommy got one for herself when she went back to work when I was 6 weeks old and the changing table surely is a great feature. ♥ Madison

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  25. You are very lucky having such a beautiful and peaceful nursery, Madison. We didn't have a nursery. Our babies share room with us in a very old bed which I used as a baby before. Nice picture. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Not all babies have a nursery but sharing a bed with your baby is super cool too. I shared the bed with mommy at times when I was younger and I still do now too. ♥ Madison

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  26. I've never had to set up a nursery, but I think your list is great! The nursery is really cute and I like all your photos. I'll refer back to this post in a few years perhaps when we have kids :)

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    1. That would be awesome! It's great to know that my list can help someone later down the road. ♥ Madison

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  27. Love the new blog design and your nursery was SUPER cute! Great tips for expectant first time moms!

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    1. Thank you so very much. I'm happy you liked both the new blog design and the nursery. Mommy and I are trying to give out a bit more tips for new moms. ♥ Madison

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  28. Love nursery Madison :) also I love your new look here too! Thank you for linking up to Mommy Monday, you shared some awesome tips for Mamas
    XO
    http://mrs-aok-a-work-in-progress.blogspot.com

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