Setting up a nursery can be extremely exciting and frustrating all at the same time. I know when I set my daughters up, I did not know where to start. Here are my best nursery tips and tricks!
Decorating the Room
I loved getting to choose a fun style for both our daughters rooms! I poured over Pinterest posts and Instagram photos for months. Personally, I feel like one of the most important nursery tips and tricks is choosing a look that can grow with your child. Knowing my very opinionated three year old, I have a feeling she will eventually want to have some input in how her room looks. So, when I chose all the items for her room, I picked things that could be repurposed to fit any theme.
To start, I chose all white furniture, which I feel can grow with her room and styles. Obviously, I think the same can apply to any neutral furniture you choose. One simple trick that is cheap and adds flare is changing out the hardware on the dresser or end tables. I chose some very cute knobs that matched the style of the room, and they would be extremely simple to change out in the future.
Another design choice was picking a peel and stick wall paper for an accent wall. It was extremely easy to put up, and it is also very easy to take down. So, whenever they decided to change the looks of the room, I can peel off the panels with now wear or tear on the walls. There are lots of great companies on Etsy that sell peel and stick options. It is a slight bit pricey, so we did opt to do a half wall with board and batten. That was also extremely easy to put up! All in all, just think about how hard it will be to update and change the look when it comes time.
I am fortunate and have a dad with a ton of talent, so he actually built my daughter’s crib. However, he did build it so that it could transform into a full-size bed. I am SO glad we made the choice to do a convertible bed because it made transitioning easy. So, my next nursery tip and trick is to get a convertible crib!
I feel like it is also fiscally responsible. What do you really do with those cribs after they are done with them? Sell it? All we had to figure out was getting a full-size mattress. It was also super convenient because she can use that same bed pretty much all the way through school.
I always had a twin size bed growing up, which worked, however the full size is nice for a lot of reasons. Our daughter has less room to fall of the bed and can stretch out. Also, it is so nice to lay in bed together and read books at night. It has been a very sweet routine we have created! All-in-all I feel like there are a lot of pros when it comes to getting a convertible bed. I would consider buying the conversion rails with the bed just incase they discontinue them. You will thank yourself later!
The next nursery tip and trick is to skip the changing table. It is something that will take up space and be useless when you are done with it. We purchased a changing table topper that goes on the top if the dresser. It screws into the back of the dressers and keeps the changing pad secure and in place. The cost was around $50 which is much cheaper. HERE is the on that I purchased on Amazon! I also found the actual changing pad on a Facebook marketplace and it was brand new in the plastic. Don’t forget to always check your local markets!
I will say we did a changing table in the downstairs portion of our house. Since all of our kids’ rooms are upstairs, we didn’t want to have to go up and down the stairs to change diapers. So, I do love having a changing table as a station. We also keep their pajamas on the bottom shelf of our changing table since they also take baths downstairs. Whatever you can do to make things faster, do it! As far as the nursery goes, I would definitely do the top of the dresser!
Rocking Chair and Glider
The next nursery tips and tricks is revolved around chairs! I ended up purchasing a rocking chair and a glider. They both have pros and cons. I will say my gliders was much more comfortable. It was purchased on Wayfair and they had very reasonable prices. I loved it because it had a footrest that rocked with the chair. We spend many nights in that glider! I also had a c-section, and this chair was comfortable to get in and out of. There was also a convenient side pocket to hold bottles, burp clothes, etc.
For my second daughter, I opted for a rocking chair. Our daughters are close in age, so we had to have two of everything. Had they been spread out further, I would have just used the same glider. However, I really chose the rocking chair based on looks. It is super pretty and has a nice wide design. Perfect for stretching out with two people! I will say I wish I had the rocking footrest with it. While it was much prettier, I think the glider was more functional.
In my opinion, there is no need to spend an arm and a leg on this furniture piece. Ultimately, I don’t intend on keeping these chairs long term. I have already sold one of them. However, that could be something to consider. Can you use it in another part of your house when you are finished with it?
Another thing to consider is organization when discussing nursery tips and tricks. One of the things I loved was our travel diaper caddy. It sat next to the changing table, and I could easily pick it up when I needed to take it to another room. Also, when I stopped needing it for a diaper caddy, I turned it into a medicine caddy. It now holds all of the snot suckers, thermometers, Tylenol, etc. I love that we know exactly where to look and it keeps it all organized! Here is the exact one I purchased!
Also, I spent countless hours organizing clothing. There are so many sizes! I highly recommend getting a shelf that holds those little square cubes. I put one in both of my daughters closest, and I got masking tape to label the sizes inside of them. That way, I can sort future sizes neatly so they are easy to find. It also made clothes sharing easy between my two daughters. Another thing I like to do is to keep a large bag to add donation items to. Organizing as you go makes things so much better in the long run!
My other favorite organization hack is back underwear/sock holders at Walmart for the dresser drawers! Here is the amazon version that is pretty much exactly the same. I love to roll up all the tiny onesies, shorts, and pants. That way, they are all easy to see and much faster to put away. I found I was digging through drawers to find what I was looking for, so this method allows me to easily see what I am looking for.
Final organization hack is getting a hanging shoe organizer. I have it on the back of the closet door, and it holds all the tiny things! We put socks, bows, hats, etc. You will probably receive an overwhelming amount of things, so being able to see them is KEY!
Setting up your first nursery is extremely fun. Remember these nursery tips and tricks!
- Will the room easily grow with your child?
- Is it worth spending a ton of money on the item? If they will only use it for a couple years, it’s worth spending less or finding it used.
- Make sure to check your local marketplaces for baby items. They are always in such great condition because they are used for such a minimal amount of time.
- Set up a good organizational system prior to the baby coming! You will thank yourself later.
I hope you have a blast setting up your first nursery!