Organize your nursery so it is a comfortable room for you and for baby. Here are tips on how to organize a nursery, as well as some pretty nurseries so you can get ideas on how to organize your baby’s nursery.

pretty nursery prganization with chair

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Getting your baby’s nursery setup is both one of the most daunting and exciting parts of your pregnancy.

Setting up the room where you and your baby will spend so much time is a special task. One that you want to put a lot of thought and care into.

Making the space warm, cozy, and organized will go a long way in helping you with all the tasks you’ll do in your baby’s nursery.

In this blog post on How to Arrange and Organize Your Baby’s Nursery, we’ll walk you through:

  • When to Start Organizing Baby’s Nursery
  • How to Setup Baby’s Sleeping Space
  • How to Setup Your Breastfeeding Area
  • How to Arrange Baby’s Changing Area
  • How to Organize Baby’s Dresser
  • How to Organize Baby’s Closet
  • How to Organize Baby’s Nursery in A Small Space

I have helped plenty of new moms set up their baby’s nursery and am sharing my best tips with you today.

When to Start Organizing Baby’s Nursery?

Wondering when to start organizing your baby’s nursery?

I have strong opinions on this one.

The best time to to start organizing your baby’s nursery is during your second trimester. This tends to be the sweet spot of having energy and mobility.

Hopefully by that time, you’re past the morning sickness and fatigue, but don’t feel too uncomfortable to move around and decorate. The closer you get to your due date, the harder it will be to get things done.

There may be some big-ticket items that you’re planning to add to your registry, like a crib or dresser. You might not have those just yet, but that’s okay.

If that’s the case, organize as much of the nursery as you can and fill in additional items after your baby shower.

How to Setup Baby’s Sleeping Space

Your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping in those early days (even though it doesn’t seem like it).

I always recommend setting up a safe sleep space first. (If you’re wondering when to move your baby to their room, I have a post that can help.)

Here’s how to setup a safe sleeping space:

  • Use a firm mattress and tight fitting sheets.
  • Keep all toys, pillows, bumpers, and stuffed animals out of baby’s sleep area.
  • Use a swaddle or sleep sack instead of a blanket to keep your baby warm.
  • Layer your bedding with a waterproof mattress pad and then crib sheets. If you ever have a late night blowout or throw up, it will be a lot easier to pull everything off.
  • Keep an extra waterproof mattress pad and set of sheets nearby for said late-night changes.

Keeping loose objects out of the sleep area helps reduce the risk of entrapment or suffocation, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

You can use a crib right away or a pack and play or bassinet until you’re ready to transition to a crib.

Create An Optimized Sleep Environment

As a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, one of the first things I do when I work with families is review their baby’s sleep space and then offer recommendations.

Here are the things I recommend doing to help your baby sleep:

  • Create darkness in your baby’s space by using blackout curtains.
  • Use a white noise sound machine to help recreate the sounds of the womb and blockout outside noises.
  • Keep the room a cool temperature, between 68–72 id ideal.

How to Setup Breastfeeding Station

You will spend a lot of time feeding your baby, so get comfortable. Here’s how to set yourself up for comfortable feeding sessions.

Comfortable chair

It all starts with a omfortable chair or glider. You’ll be sitting in this chair with your baby a ton, so make sure to test out lots of options and get one you like.

Table or Nightstand

Add a small table or nightstand next your chair so you can keep important things nearby. Things I always think are handy include:

  • Clock
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Phone charger
  • Extra burp cloths
  • Other essentials

How to Organize Baby’s Changing Area

Get ready for lots of diaper changes. They really aren’t so bad. Here’s how I make those diaper changes quick and painless.

  • Use a changing table or a changing pad on top of a dresser.
  • I like using a changing pad with a cover. Whenever we got poop on the pad, it was easy to pull it off and throw in the washing machine.
  • Keep your diapers, diaper wipes, diaper cream, and a diaper genie near this area as well.
  • I also like having a hamper nearby. Whenever there is a blowout or spit up, it’s easy to throw the baby’s clothes in the hamper. Without a hamper nearby, I’m much more likely to leave dirty clothes sitting in piles.

Everything with Emily walks you through exactly how she set up this simple baby changing station. I love her organization idea of using little baskets to hold things like diaper creams and burp cloths inside the drawers.

how to organize a nursery dresser

How to Organize Baby’s Dresser

Organize all those adorable baby clothes to make laundry a breeze.

  • I love using drawer dividers to help break up tiny baby onesies, socks, and diaper covers throughout all of your dresser drawers.
  • Establish a system in baby’s dresser that works for you. I have a whole post on how to organize your baby’s clothes.
  • Store clothes that don’t fit in space saver bags to save space or bins to stack.
  • Go through everything every few months to and make sure things stay organized.

How to Organize Baby’s Closet

Setup your baby’s closet for efficiency and storage. Here are some of the things I did to help maximize storage in our bursery closet:

  • Use closet dividers to store seasonal clothes such as coats and special occasion outfits in the closet.
  • If you have a walk-in closet, take advantage of the door space by hanging additional storage on it.
  • Check out how the Avid Appetite added a ton of storage space to a small area and kept her closet organized.
  • Store baby blankets in a shoe organizer.

How to Organize A Nursery in A Small Space

What about if you need to organize a baby nursery in a small space? The good thing about babies is they’re small, and so are the things they use! Here’s some great ideas for setting up a baby nursery in a small space.

A diaper pegboard is perfect for keeping everything organized and accessible in a small space. You can paint the board and your baskets to match your nursery’s colors.

how to organize a nursery pegboard

Enjoy organizing your baby’s nursery! It doesn’t have to look like a Pottery Barn catalog for you to love it. You can create a baby nursery on a budget as well! Just include some cozy elements that you and baby can both enjoy!

collage of baby nurseries
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