One of the most satisfying things to do during the wait for baby’s arrival is to plan the nursery. It’s a tangible something that makes baby’s arrival seem somehow closer, more real.
Time seemed so convoluted when I was pregnant for Sam. Being tired lasted too long, but restful nights were too short. I kept busy with work so some days seemed to speed by, but it felt like the wait to actually hold him was longer than a kid’s night before Christmas.
So, I daydreamed all sorts of nursery set-ups. Ultimately I chose to include things that would work through the toddler stage and beyond, as well as a few baby-centric items.
Some of the ideas illustrated in this darling vintage plane-themed nursery from Kim and Jordan are the sort of things I included, too.
Although sometimes a special piece of art will be the starting place for a nursery theme, in this case Jordan’s dad was an Army pilot and that served as this nursery’s inspiration. The navy and white line drawings of vintage planes make an awesome focal point.
White-washed pegboard provides a great, inexpensive base for necessities like baskets of diapers, wipes and ointment, as well as decorative items that can be swapped out for developing interests.
Baby’s initial is a terrific long-term décor choice. While ultrasound photos will always be precious reminders of the months when the two of you were one, I think they’re an especially sweet piece to include in baby’s nursery. And I like how the sky blue and cloud white ball dovetails with the plane theme for today, even as it nods to a little guy’s future interest.
A dresser whose top can serve as a temporary changing table is a great idea. Even the changing pad cover becomes part of the décor when it plays on the room’s theme. And with the right style, the dresser is ready to serve throughout boyhood.
Of course there’s the important debate over the nursery’s centerpiece: baby’s crib. I love this crib with its boyishly cute collection of stripes and plaid. The stripes are repeated in the curtains, giving the room a nice rhythm.
Additional sentimental pieces such as a framed onesie, signed by baby shower guests, deserve pride of place in the nursery.
There’s no better time to include cuddle toys and favorite childhood story books. And a cozy rocker is a practical spot to curl up in with baby—don’t underestimate the importance of a good foot stool!
Another practical item you’ll want to choose for a nursery is a quality baby monitor. It gives you peace of mind so you can hurry to do those hundreds of tasks while baby sleeps.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.