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6 Tips for Setting Up Your Perfect Nursery


Madison Mommy here. I have been focusing a lot on Back to School since it's right around the corner. However, I want to get back today with our usual Saturday tips. Today I want to give you some tips on setting up your perfect Nursery. Deciding how to decorate your baby's nursery can be a ton of fun, but it can be very overwhelming as well. After all, one look on Pinterest or one walk down the baby aisles is all it takes to see that, when it comes to getting your nursery in order, you have plenty of choices. Now is not the time to stress out, however. Keep the process fun and stress-free with these six tips for getting your nursery in order.


1. Start Early - The last thing you want to do when getting your nursery in order is to wait until the last minute. Not only will starting early give you more options and more time to plan so you aren't stressing out at the last minute, but it will also ensure that if your bundle of joy comes early, his room will be ready to go when he is. After all, 40 weeks is just a guess, not a guarantee!

2. Choose a Design That Will Grow With Your Child - As tempting as it is to choose the most precious baby designs for your nursery, opt for more flexible designs that will grow with your child. Make sure all of your big purchases are in gender neutral colors so you can use them for multiple children, and choose a basic design theme that will look great for years to come. You can always decorate for your child's age in the smaller details.

3. Focus on the Essentials - Despite what the baby department aisles would lead you to believe, babies actually need very little for the first year or so of their life. Instead of worrying about all of the many gadgets and gizmos you could buy, start by focusing on the essentials. A crib, clothes, diapers, wipes, sheets, a dresser and bottles are must-haves for most women. Pretty much everything else is just extra.


4. Include Plenty of Storage - Even though babies don't need much, chances are high that you will still have plenty of baby gear to keep track of. Make sure that you have room for all of the gear by incorporating plenty of storage into your design. Choose a changing table with shelves, use totes under the crib or in the closet, or choose a large dresser with plenty of room.

5. Get Creative - Skip the straight-out-of-the-magazine look and opt for a more personalized, unique and eco-friendly custom look instead by getting creative with your design choices. Frame artwork from your older children to decorate the walls. Create your own d├ęcor by upcycling random things you find around your home. Use an idle shelf, dresser, table or chair from another part of the house rather than buying a new one.

6. Keep Safety in Mind - Your nursery's look and function will probably be your primary concern, but do not forget to consider safety as well. While it will be a few months until your baby begins crawling, you want the nursery to be safe for him/her when he/she does. Only use sturdy furniture that is not likely to topple, choose curtains or shades without strings to avoid a strangulation hazard, and avoid small pieces or parts, which can present a choking hazard. Your child's nursery is one of the first things you will give him/her, and it is one of your first expressions of who you are as a mother and who he/she will be as a child. It is understandable, then, that you will want it to be absolutely perfect. Keeping in mind these six tips for getting your nursery in order will give you and your child a great start.


Did you stress over creating the perfect nursery for your babies? What tips helped you?
Annmarie John
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  1. I don't have a baby but I do remember when my sister-in-law was preparing for my niece she couldn't decide on what to do. She finally decided to do it in a neutral color so that it could be easily changed. Great tips here!

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  2. I think starting early is the key to getting everything they way you want it. It gives you time to tweak everything. Thank goodness I don't need a nursery. Hopefully my Granddaughters wait a few years before starting a family.

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  3. Great point about starting early. You never know if the baby might come early, and you want to be ready!

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  4. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I started planning the nursery. A lot of it can transition with him (the color, and I didn't go with any sort of theme for curtains.) We're already thinking of his big boy room, and it should be a fairly easy change!

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  5. I definitely agree with #2 and #4. I also don't have kids of my own but I would especially go crazy if I didn't have enough space for storage.

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  6. I have stressed a lot about everything being perfect as this is baby 3 and I think my last I want things to be just right. Thank you for this very helpful post!

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  7. I was totally stressed with my oldest. It had to be just right. By the time my second one came along, I could have cared less LOL.

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  8. I definitely stressed over setting up the nursery when my sons were born. I wish Hubby would have paid attention to the first tip and started earlier.

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  9. Great tips. I did love doing a baby nursery and then re-doing the room once my boys were toddlers. I have a hard time with the grown up look too early. Funny though neither of my boys ever used their rooms, they had a bed in our room until they were older.

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  10. My daughter is expecting twins Dec/Jan. and we are just getting started with this. We find out the sexes on Thursday hopefully and that will decide which way she wants to go. These tips will help tremendously and came at just the right time thanks!

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  11. Our first daughter we didn't stress but spent too much unnecessary money. We learned with our next two girls.

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  12. Great tips. I never had an actual nursery. It's always been a dream of mine.

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  13. Great tips! It's been a long time since I set up a nursery ...

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  14. I totally stressed out with my 1st born. Everything had to be perfect. I went overboard buying everything and realized I had no space LOL. with my second I actually bought everything second hand. It saved me a lot of stress.

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  15. These are great tips,We always made sure we got things ready early.We are thinking about having another so since we gave everything away we are going to have to start all over again.

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  16. Storage is the main thing - my son doesn't have walk in closet like my daughter and it's still a struggle.

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  17. Awe! I have all boys but this looks like a great way to set up a nursery! = ) Can't wait to have a girl, so I can use ALL PINK.

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  18. My mom bought the crib set when I was pregnant, so we just followed the colors and patterns on that to finish the room. I loved how it turned out too!

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  19. I did stress out because at the time we had a two bedroom! The nursery was taking over the office, and we had no room for anything.

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  20. Starting early is great advice, my first was born almost 5 weeks early. We even had to reschedule the baby shower because we were at the hospital.

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  21. I gave up on buying toys for my son when he was little. He preferred to play with crumpled bits of paper and empty plastic ware.

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  22. We didn't stress over your nursery. We went with a basic scheme of country bears that would fit either boy or girl as we choose not to find out the sex of our son till he was born.

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  23. What great tips. I had my entire nursery ready for a while before the baby came. It is so fun and easy to shop for nursery accessories. The hardest thing is choosing just one!

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  24. I'll have to remember these tips in the future when I have grand kids!

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  25. I haven't had to set up a nursery in awhile, but oh how I remember the days. Amber N

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  26. I haven't set up a nursery yet, haven't had a need to yet. However, I'm sure that these tips would help me in the future when the time comes :)

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  27. We never had a nursery for my kids. They always had to share a room with us until they were toddler age. I did have a theme for all of their stuff like diaper bags (etc) though. These are awesome tips!

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  28. These are great tips! No littles here yet, but hopefully soon, and this post will be very helpful then, thank you!

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  29. I agree that even though the magazine nurseries look great (and they do), you don't necessarily want that for your child. Making a space unique and beautiful (and comfortable) is more work than copying a magazine, but it's worth it. Definitely.

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  30. These are all great tips. I shall share it with my newly expecting friends. :)

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  31. I didn't stress about it only because back then we didn't have an extra room to make into a nursery. Kiddo shared a room with me until he was about 3. I do wish I could have had a nursery to decorate and all that, maybe someday!

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  32. Great tips! We loved putting together our girls nurseries but learned so much after the first one.

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  33. Great tips! Setting up a nursery is such a fun and exciting time. I miss this stage!

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  34. What a great and helpful post!

    The thing that was most important to me when I was setting up my girls' nurseries was making sure it could convert nicely when they were older. I didn't want to be repainting, buying new furniture, and changing the decor every few years as they grew up.

    Thank you for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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