Make room for baby! And for most expecting parents, that means furnishing a nursery that’s equal parts sweet and functional. But if you’re not sure exactly where to start (or what you need), take a look at our nursery decor checklist for some easy inspiration. Because from choosing your go-to brand of diapers to figuring out how to install the car seat, we know you already have enough on your plate.
As much as we wish they would stay little forever, babies will eventually grow out of their crib and require a bed. That’s why we suggest planning for the future with a transitional crib. This will save you the expense and trouble of having to update later, as four-in-one options will transform from crib, to toddler bed, to full bed, and even a day bed.
Since most parents are operating on no sleep and endless amounts of laundry and dirty diapers, anything that brings function should be a welcome relief. This same rule applies to furniture, so go with pieces like a dresser that doubles as a changing table. The two-in-one design gets bonus points for its space-saving function, since most nurseries are small spaces.
Wall decals make a sweet alternative to hanging photos in the nursery. These simple peel-and-stick designs are a breeze to apply, and they come in a variety of adorable patterns, like the space theme we used here. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about covering nail holes down the road (or about anything falling off the wall).
This nursery furniture staple is guaranteed to get almost as much use as the crib. A glider offers a comfy spot for those round-the-clock feedings, as well as a place to cozy up during bedtime stories. And the beauty of a glider is that it rocks back and forth as well as front to back, so you can gently swivel and sway baby to sleep.
Between all the toys, diapers, and books, it’s no surprise you’ll need some extra storage. And since your hands are going to be full (both literally and figuratively), we recommend going with storage that is easy to access. Think bookshelves, baskets, and pretty much anything that allows you to easily see and grab what you need.
After that, your nursery decor checklist is complete! All that’s left to do is stock up on diapers, bottles, clothes, and more—so it’s a good thing you got that storage part down. There’s few things more exciting than bringing your little one home, and our goal is to make it as seamless and smooth as possible. Congrats!