The Most Essential Nursery Ideas and Tips for New Parents

Decorating a nursery is a big project, especially if this is your first time. While your baby may not care about the design or nursery themes, you will spend many nights in this room, so it’s crucial you create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. From purchasing the right crib to picking the perfect wallpaper, putting together a nursery can feel stressful and overwhelming. That is why we are here to help you with some essential tips and nursery ideas you will need to know when setting up your baby’s new happy place.

The Crib

Crib Ideas
Cute nursery interior with comfortable crib near white wall

The crib is the most important piece in any nursery in terms of comfort, safety, and design. This is the item that you should invest the most in, and your nursery design should revolve around it. Keep in mind that a crib may not be as temporary as you may think. Some kids sleep in their cribs until they are three or older, depending on the crib’s size and ability to be customized or adjusted as kids get older. If you are planning on having more kids, investing in a sturdy, high-quality crib can also help save you money and time in the long run.

When choosing a crib, you should verify that the design meets all U.S. safety standards. Cribs should not be a DIY project. In the last 50 years, crib safety and quality standards have evolved tremendously, and most manufacturers have to meet these standards and requirements. 

When it comes to nursery design ideas, the crib will be the centerpiece, as we said before, and everything else will revolve around the crib as well as your nursery chair (more on that below). Wooden cribs are the most common, as they provide a safe, durable option that is perfect for any family. We recommend going for a white or light-colored wooden crib to help give your nursery a cozy, classic look without much effort. White cribs are also great for those planning to have more kids since white can complement most designs and nursery ideas for both girls and boys.

The Nursery Chair

The Nursery Chair

After the crib, the nursery chair may be the next most important purchase in your nursery. While the crib will provide your baby with their own personal haven, the nursery chair will offer the same for you. Your chair is where you will spend countless hours rocking your baby to sleep, feeding, and sharing a good cry on many nights. 

When shopping for a nursery chair, the main two things you should focus on are comfort and motion. Consider a rocking chair with a wide range of movement that will help lull your baby to sleep. If going for a wooden chair, invest in good cushions and pillows for the head, bottom, and back support. Some designs even include a retractable section to rest your feet for the ultimate comfort.

If you want a budget-friendly option and want to get a little creative, the nursery chair is the perfect opportunity to build your own or repurpose an old chair from elsewhere in the house. 

Cabinets and Closets for Storage

Cabinets and Closets for Storage

One of the most surprising things when expecting is the number of toys, books, clothes, and gear that babies need. Even before they are born, things can start piling up! That is why closets and storage are a crucial part of any nursery. Oh, and did we mention diapers? Yeah, you will need a lot of room for those, too.

Consider spacious closets and storage cabinets that are accessible and easy to operate. Wall shelves can also be extremely useful for everyday items like lotions, baby wipes, and so on. Shelves and storage cabinets can also help add a level of warmth and coziness to the nursery. We recommend modern, simple designs that complement your crib design and overall nursery atmosphere like decor and wallpaper. We also recommend adding bins and baskets to help organize items in your baby’s room.

Wallpaper and Nursery Decor

Wallpaper and Nursery Decor

When choosing your nursery’s wallpaper, go for whatever design you like, but just make sure it’s washable. Speaking of washable, go for a rug that is easy to clean. We recommend cotton rather than wool since cotton is often washing machine-friendly. This is where your baby will learn to sit and crawl, so spills and messes will be made.

Another important decor item to invest in is a good set of curtains. Curtains are often overlooked in nursery design, but they play an essential role in helping your baby sleep in the middle of the day, aka your daily break. Go for a blackout shade or buy curtains with a built-in blackout liner.

Other baby room decor items to consider investing in include a lamp, an ottoman for your feet, and throw blanket for cold nights.

Go With Professionals

If you are a new parent, stop stressing over the perfect nursery ideas and design. While it may seem quite daunting, putting together a cozy nursery doesn’t have to be difficult. We encourage you to ask for assistance when shopping for cribs, chairs, cabinets, etc. If you are considering Pedini Miami for your newborn’s nursery, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help you create the happiest, warmest nursery with our modern closet and cabinet designs, and professional experts with decades of experience.

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