Today’s Pearly Wisdom topic is:
The above is Jack’s nursery. We painted it Sherwin Williams “Evening Shadow” and got the furniture from Babies R Us. (Crib, dresser, changing table, glider; Bookshelf from Target). It’s such a peaceful room that he loves to nap and sleep in; with lots of storage for toys and books!
I got all of the baskets from the Christmas Tree Shop and they are perfect for organizing all of the “changing table” necessities!
Here’s some advice from the “experts”; i.e. the Mama’s!
I made drawer separators out of craft foam board and organized his drawers by his current size, and the next size up. You cannot have too many baskets. I put a shoe organizer hanging on the back of his door for storage. Originally, this held receiving blankets and swaddlers. Now it's transitioning to hold other things, like toys. Here's more details on my nursery: LINK.
Xavier’s robot-themed nursery
In Sam's room, we have a book case which I think is a must have. He gets so many books from family and friends. It's great to have a place for it. We also use baskets for organizing extras of toiletries and toys he's not old enough for yet. I am a neat freak, so I am not good at teaching. I just do.
Organization in Sam’s nursery
Have the crib where you can peek the door open and see the baby, Makes it so much easier to check on them if you don't have a video monitor.
Ugh. Some of you are going to hate me for saying this. Don’t buy fancy (adorable, MAKE YOUR NURSERY, finishing touch) bumpers. You will only keep them in there for the first few months, and your baby will most likely be in your room for the first couple of months. Once they start rolling you’re going to be petrified by SIDS possibilities and want to take them out anyways and then, they start standing up. Which only means they’re used for a means to climb out of the crib. And I’m assuming we’re all trying to AVOID head injuries, yes? So opt for the breathable ones that match everything else in your nursery color scheme. You can get them at Buy Buy Baby or Baby’s R Us. And get a comfortable glider. You will spend many a long night in it.
We have a small space to work with, but the room has 2 closets. I use one for his nicer outfits and the other to store random toys, the huge box of diapers, etc. We also put in a bookshelf from Ikea for some toys and his books.
His changing pad is on top of a dresser, so the top drawer has a bunch of his diapers, wipes, nail clippers, thermometer, etc. The other drawers have his casual onesies, pants, and PJs. I put them in drawers according to what they are (all PJs and sleep sacks go together in 1 drawer, etc)
His spare towels are in his clothes closet, but all of the washcloths are on the glider. Not the best spot, but it works. His bibs are in a basket on the floor next to the dresser/changing table.
I went with a Safari theme. I thought about all the things I wish I had as a child. I remember loving animals and the huge safari stuffed animals. We bought Evan a huge zebra rug, a 6 ft. giraffe and a 7 ft. lion. He had monkeys hanging from his ceiling fan and all sorts of safari stuff. I love the way it came out. There were a ideas that I couldn't fulfill because I wanted to keep his room safe. Make sure you're organized! Don't have a years worth of sizes stuffed in one draw! Separate by size and store them away when they don't fit anymore. It's never too early to buy a toy box! Trust me! Have everything you need in arms reach. (Diapers, wipes, etc. etc.) I cant give much advice other than think realistically and have fun!
Evan’s safari-themed nursery
-I didn’t want a rocker but our little one has LOVED it so I’m glad we have it (although she is kind of in the stage where she is out growing being rocked)
-She also thrives with a sound machine and cool air humidifier
-Put things where you can get to them easily. Keep the important stuff (diapers, wipes, diaper cream) handy.
- Don't waste money on a change table - you only use them for a short period of time. You're better off investing in a quality dresser and inexpensive change pad OR you can do what we do and throw an IKEA sheep skin down on an ottoman and call it a makeshift change station.
Gabe’s nursery nook
have a changing station that is organized and has good flow- you spend a lot of time here ;)
Thank you to this week’s contributors!
Samantha, Mama to Xavier, 6 months, Author of Three Beasts One Baby
Shanna, Mama to Samuel, 1 year, Author of The Life and Times of Lubey
McKeever, Mama to Grayson, 10 Months, Author of The Cobia Family
KW, Mama to C, 15 months, Author of Snips and Snails and Ponytails
Melissa, Mama to Landon, 7 Months, Author of Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage!
Mrs. C, Mama to Evan, 1 year, Author of The Other Side of the Story
Emily, Mama to Georgia, 8 months, Author of Live a Charmed Life
Sara, Mama to Saige, 3 years & Gabe, 3 months, Author of Saige Wisdom
Andrea, Mama to Avrie, 7 months, Author of Keeping Up With the Sonneks