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One of the baby to-do tasks I looked forward to most before our daughter arrived was designing her nursery. Although I wanted the room to be stylish, I also knew how important it was that we created a space that would be functional, safe and timeless. Here are my tips to help you design the perfect space to welcome your baby home to.

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Furniture: When choosing furniture for the baby’s room, consider neutral pieces that can play double duty, such as this IKEA dresser that can be used as a changing table by placing a changing pad on top, or this nightstand, which can stay in the room for years to come. You can also update the style of the dresser by updating the drawer pulls with cute designs like this or this. Also, when shopping for cribs, look for designs such as this one that transition into a toddler bed and then can be used as a headboard and footboard when your child is a bit older. Finally, when choosing a rocker, be sure you don’t pick a chair based on style alone. You will spend a lot of time sitting in your rocker nursing, reading, and cuddling with your child. We love our glider from Carousel Designs which is comfortable and stylish.

nursery glider chair

Photo Credit: Carousel Designs

Colors: When contemplating a color palette for your nursery, consider choosing colors that will be relaxing to both you and your baby, such as these warm and cool neutrals from Sherwin Williams. Keep in mind that warm colors can make large spaces feel a bit cozier. Cool colors can make a room feel more spacious and have a soothing effect.

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Accessories and Art Work: Consider keeping nursery accessories and art work simple. As children grow up, their tastes will change. We decorated our entire nursery with items from HomeGoods and Target for a great price.

Also, when deciding on window treatments for your nursery, we were lucky to move into a house that had blackout shades, similar to these, already installed. Blackout shades allow us to have control over the amount of sunlight that comes into the room, which we found to be helpful during naptimes. You can also find blackout shades in a variety of colors and styles.

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Product Placement: When designing the layout of your nursery, make sure all frequently used products such as diapers, wipes, and lotions are easily accessible. We keep these products in the top drawer of the dresser close to the changing pad, but out of reach from our now-mobile 1-year-old. You may also want to consider placing a table or some sort of surface close to your rocker. We use our side table frequently to hold items for middle-of-the-night feedings, as well as snacks, books, headphones and other items for Mom and Dad.

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Safety: When designing your nursery, creating a space that is safe for your baby is critical. Be sure to anchor any heavy furniture to the wall so it can’t tip over. Also, make sure all choking or hazardous items are put away or are out of baby’s reach. Finally, make sure all cords are tucked away and drawers and outlets are baby-proofed. You can use outlet protectors like these or these.

Timing: Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to get started on the nursery. Many nursery products can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to be delivered. My husband and I also found that once we completed the design and organization of our nursery, we felt ready to welcome our baby into our home.

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Photo Credit: Project Nursery