I have been spending most of my waking hours planning for my baby’s nursery and pulling together just the right mix of practical and cool. Since this is my second, I know what I really need, what I can reuse from my first and what is a complete waste of money and space. As a minimalist with little square footage, here are my recommendations for pulling together a nursery. Yes, there are many extravagant options out there you will be tempted or coerced to put on your wish list, but here’s what you will actually need.
An antique dresser can be refurbished and restyled to create a darling changing station.
A glider or rocking chair is the third item you will need. You will be spending a lot of time nursing and rocking your baby to sleep. Make sure you have a comfortable chair set up close to the crib, with a foot rest and lots of back support in the form of pillows.
It doesn’t hurt to also have a small side table to place a cup of water, your phone, a journal with pen for logging your baby’s feeding and sleep schedule, and some reading materials.
Soft surfaces are important too once your baby is crawling. A nice sheepskin rug you can throw on the floor or on a chair, a pouf for them to lean on as they start standing and scooting, and any soft floor rug are all ideal.
Bonus: Notice the wallpaper on the ceiling for an original jolt of visual interest as your baby stares up from the crib.
A gender-neutral room does not have to be green or yellow. Cremes, taupes and beiges offer a soothing nursery. Don’t you love the effect of painting two-toned striped walls?
A guest bed or futon is not a nursery essential, but it will be a welcome addition if you have the floor space for it. Sometimes during nursing you will be too pooped to make it back to your own bed and you will just want to lie down.
When you start sleep training, it will be a comfortable spot for you to wait. It can also be a cute corner for reading time and an additional sleeping spot for that out-of-town guest (a.k.a. grandma).