How to Create the Perfect Nursery
By Brandi Jeter Riley, Mama Knows It All
The time before a new baby arrives — when the family is getting ready to welcome him or her home — is so special. As we got ready to welcome our second child earlier this year, my husband, daughter and I worked together to carefully craft a space that is just as sweet and special as we anticipate our little boy to be. We filled his nursery with everything he needs from books to diapers and everything in between. Then the only thing missing was our baby boy!
Here’s how we’re getting ready:
Prepare the Room
When you're working on creating the perfect nursery, the first thing to do is measure the space. And don't forget to measure the areas on the wall where you'll want to hang pictures, and the floor space to determine how big of a rug you may want to add. Since we're in a cozy flat, making sure we had the right measurements before we purchased furniture saved us a lot of time upfront. We knew exactly what would fit in our baby's nursery, and we used painter's tape to mark off the space and get a sense of how the room would look when we had it all filled up.
Pick the Furniture
A crib, changing table and lots of storage space is a huge necessity with a little baby. You may want to add a glider or rocker to the room so that you have a place to relax when you're putting baby to sleep or reading a story. Our nursery has a soft recliner that I look forward to kicking back in and snuggling with my precious boy.
Choose a Theme
Instead of characters or a specific color, we wanted books to be the focus so that he can be introduced to tons of images and words early on. Everywhere he looks, his room is filled with them; books make excellent decorations with their brightly colored covers and different textures!
Stock up on Supplies
Make sure you have everything you'll need to take care of baby. It's no fun racing around the house trying to find a diaper in one room and a onesie in another. We are relying on baskets – lots and lots of baskets – to help us stay organized and keep all our baby stuff in order. You'd be surprised how quickly a serene nursery can turn into a chaotic space if you aren't organized! We've filled the baskets with nursery staples like lotions and wipes, and we also have plenty of blankets, burp clothes and extra outfits stashed in different spots throughout the room to make baby care as easy as possible.
Here’s a quick and easy checklist that you can use to stock your nursery and make sure you have everything you need for your little one’s arrival:
Stock Your Nursery Checklist
- Baby hair brush
- Baby nail care kit (that includes clippers and a nail file)
- Baby wipes
- Burp cloths
- DESITIN® Maximum Strength Original Paste
- Diaper disposal
- Diapers (start by stocking size 1 and 2, or cloth diapers)
- Digital thermometer
- Extra outfits (onesies, pants, socks, hats)
- JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion
- JOHNSON’S® Hand & Face Wipes
- JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® Extra Moisturizing Baby Wash
- Nasal aspirator
- Pacifiers (optional)
- Swaddle blankets
It can seem like babies need a ton of stuff, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This list includes everything you’ll need to take care of your baby. The only thing you need to add is your love!
What was your favorite part of creating your baby's nursery?
Brandi Jeter Riley is a paid spokesperson for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Program.