How to Turn a Nursery Into the Best Place for Your Kid

What comes to mind when you think about your little one's nursery?

Most parents aim for a comfortable place where baby feels safe, and organized room where all the essentials are at hand, and maybe a cute and fun theme. As important as these elements are, why not also use this space to encourage your baby's physical, intellectual and emotional development? Here are some ideas to help you make your baby room do just that.

1. Texture

Babies can learn a lot through touch. As your son or daughter gets older, they will enjoy the tactile experience of feeling different textures. Soft versus hard, smooth versus bumpy, fuzzy versus prickly: all of these feelings are new and fascinating to baby. Why not include them as part of the baby room decor?

2. Patterns

Babies love to gaze at interesting objects. High-contrast patterns with bold colors are especially popular with newborns; given their immature eyesight, these images are easiest for them to see. As baby gets older, they will continue to enjoy observing more subtle designs. Being exposed to patterns can also help them learn about repeating elements and organization, skills they will need to need to rely on throughout life.

3. A Reading Nook

Nothing can be more stimulating to a child's mind than being held close and sharing a book. It is never too early to introduce baby to reading; even before they seem to be paying attention or able to follow a story, they are learning from your vocal rhythms and from looking at the pictures. This can also become a beloved part of the bedtime routine for years to come. A dedicated reading area could be a great element of the nursery to help them get into the habit of picking a book on their own later.

4. Space to Move

One of the more overlooked ideas for the baby room is plenty of open space to move. After all, crawling is an art that takes lots of floorspace to perfect! Baby will not only be encouraged to exercise physically, but their growing brain will also be engaged in exploring all areas of the nursery. Having too many items taking up floorspace could feel confining for baby, and limit the natural creativity children love to use. As a bonus for parents, having unfilled space makes it easier to keep the room clean and organized.

5. Low-Tech Toys

Certainly, toys that light up and talk or sing are both fun and educational, but toys that don't "do" anything also have their place. When baby has to use her imagination to play, she is in control of the experience rather than just following along with what the toy does. Blocks can become whatever he wants to build, until they fall over. Why do they do that? Cars can roll around wherever she wants, but why do they stop when they run into each other? Play experiences with low-tech toys can engage baby's brain in ways that higher-tech one can't.

I'm Shannon, a mother of three adorable kids: a boy and two girls. My children fill my life with fun and joy and make my life really fulfilled. I also enjoy reading, shopping, and hanging out with family and friends!
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  1. Truly seems like a lifetime ago for this for me, but still you totally nailed how to turn a nursery into an awesome place for your baby and for yourself as a parent, too here :)

  2. I never would have thought of all these steps when setting up a nursery, but that's because I have no child of my own, just nieces and nephews. I'm sure by the time I do have one, I'll remember all these steps in order to make it perfect.

  3. Such wonderful suggestions!

    It's been a while since there was a nursery in our home *cue sentimental tears*.

    I love those play teepees - they make for the best reading nooks (and every child's room needs a special reading place).

    Thanks for sharing these delightful ideas.

  4. There is so much great decor nowadays for kid's rooms and a million DIY ideas to support them on Pinterest! I love that you add a list of LOW TECH toys for the room- to keep the kids off the gadgets! Thanks.

  5. These rooms are all so cute! I wish I would have seen this when my kids were at that age.

  6. That tippy is so cute. Transitioning baby room to a more grown up set up is perfect for budget management too. I wish I had kids at home to do a fun room makeover.

  7. I love all of your nursery inspo photos. My brother and sister in law are having a baby in Feb, so this is great info for them. I can't wait to help them put it all together.

  8. These are great ideas! My boys don't play in their bedrooms because we have a dedicated playroom, but I have incorporated a lot of this into that room as well. Even though they are now 2 and 4, they still enjoy a lot of the items on this list.

  9. So many cute ideas. I love the room with the tree mural on the wall.

  10. That's such a beautifully decorated room for your child. I remember doing something like that with my daughter. I love your use of space.

  11. My sister just added a TeePee to her new nursery. Yay!
    This seems so in the past for me, but jury is still out on whether it's in the future. We are planning renovations in the next two years and could make a nursery!

  12. 3, 4 and 5 are my favorite. But the Space To Move is the best because it gives them a lot of space.

  13. Wow all these nursery rooms are just plain beautiful! I love the colors in the last one!!

  14. Such lovely design ideas! I really love what you have done and this makes me baby hungry!

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