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Organize your nursery so it is a comfortable room for you and for baby! Here are the best nursery organization tips as well as some pretty nursery design so you can start setting up your dream nursery!
Your baby might not care about the nursery organization you’ve done or the handmade quilt that adorns their rocker. Babies don’t notice all the aesthetics of their nursery, but setting up certain things will help them—and you—feel more comfortable. Here are some tips to help you organize and set up your baby’s nursery.
When Should you Set Up the Nursery?
Start organizing your nursery while you’re in your second trimester. 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 items that you’re planning to register for and might not receive until later. If that’s the case, organize as much of the nursery as you can and fill in additional items after your shower. Try to set up the big pieces of furniture while you’re still (somewhat) comfortable.
How Do I Organize Baby’s STUFF?
Each family will have unique needs for their nursery. Here are the things I used for Evelyn’s nursery organization, as well as some tips from other moms! Also check out these gorgeous IKEA nursery hacks for even more inspiration!
Set Up A Safe Sleep Area
Your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping in those early days (even though it doesn’t seem like it). You can organize your nursery to create an optimal sleep environment that is safe for baby.
Keep all toys, pillows, bumpers, and stuffed animals out of baby’s sleep area. You can use a crib right away or a pack and play or bassinet until you’re ready to transition to a crib. Use a firm mattress and tight fitting sheets.
Use a swaddle or sleep sack instead of a blanket to keep your baby warm. Keeping loose objects out of the sleep area helps reduce the risk of entrapment or suffocation, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
See how there are no loose objects in this gender neutral nursery? This is how you want your crib to look when baby is ready to sleep.
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. Also, keep an extra waterproof mattress pad and set of sheets nearby for said late-night changes.
One more thing for setting up a good sleep environment, use a sound machine! It helps muffle outside noises and keeps the environment loud, which is what babies are used to from the womb. My favorite sound machine, is this one. My husband and I love it so much that we bought one for ourselves!
Organizing Baby’s Feeding Area
You will spend a lot of time feeding your baby, so get comfortable. A comfortable chair or glider is one of the most important pieces of nursery furniture. Put it next to a small side table (you can also use a nightstand). Use this area for smaller items like your coffee, water, and other necessities. I always had a few extra burping cloths nearby as well for the spit up that was bound to happen.
I wouldn’t mind rocking a baby for hours in this pretty glider area Brittany has set up. Okay, maybe hours would be a tad too long.
This comfortable breastfeeding station shows you how she organized everything for breastfeeding. That little basket for mom is so smart!
Look at this nursing, rocking, and reading station that will grow with your baby. You can use it for feeding and rocking now and storytelling and snuggling as your baby grows. The shelving unit is perfect to hold things like books and toys.
Organizing Baby’s Changing Area
Get ready for fun diaper changes! They really aren’t so bad. Use a dedicated changing table or a changing pad on top of a dresser.
I liked 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. Save yourself the sanity, and buy a cheap clothes basket.
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.
Add Details and Accessories
Don’t forget little details like shelves or a bookcase to hold books, figurines and other decorative elements. I love the gold mirror on the wall and the gold curtain rods to really glam up my friend’s nursery.
Setting Up A Baby 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.
Utilize closet space to fit all the essentials for baby. Check out how the Avid Appetite added a ton of storage space to a small area and kept her closet organized.
It seems like you’re always looking for a baby blanket or burp cloth with a newborn. Store them in a hanging shoe bag so you always know where they are.
how do you store baby clothes?
- Store and organize baby clothes that currently fit baby in drawer dividers to help break up tiny baby onesies, socks, and diaper covers throughout all of your dresser drawers.
- Use closet dividers to store seasonal clothes such as coats and special occasion outfits in the closet.
- Store clothes that don’t fit in space saver bags to save space or bins to stack.
- Go through everything every few months to organize your baby’s clothes and make sure things stay organized.
Other Essentials for Baby’s Nursery
Now you can add a little nursery organization to drawers and closets, as well as some pretty decor! After all, you will be spending a lot of time in this room so you may as well enjoy it!
- Create a little wall collage that is easily customizable for your baby.
- Install a ceiling fan in your baby’s room to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- A soft night light keeps you from stumbling around in the dark during those middle-of-the-night feedings, and keeps you from turning on bright overhead lighting.
- A little pretty sign like this free printable makes cute and simple decor.
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!