Nursery Ideas: The 5 Essentials You Need to Get Started

If you’re in the middle of gathering some nursery ideas to welcome your new baby, it helps to know where to start. Read this blog post to learn the five essentials you need when planning the perfect nursery.

If you’re dreaming up nursery ideas, you might be wondering where to start. Furniture? Paint? Decor? The simple answer: Start with a plan. Think about what the nursery of your dreams looks like. What colors and themes come to mind? Do you want something elaborate and ornate, or do you prefer a simple, streamlined nursery? Once you have an image of what your ideal nursery looks like, you’re ready to move on to the five essentials of planning a nursery.

1. A Paint Color

The color you choose for your walls sets the tone for the entire nursery. Do you want a room that’s soothing and relaxing, or one that’s bright and cheery? You and your baby will be spending a lot of time in the nursery, so grab a few paint swatches and think about the atmosphere you want to create. It’s also helpful to know how color affects your baby. Read up on color theory and how to choose the right paint color for your nursery.

2. A Crib

Your baby will need a safe place to drift off to dreamland, so do some research on the type of crib you want for your nursery. There are cribs to fit every style and budget — whether you’re looking for something modern or classic. Take a peek here to see some of the best cribs of 2014.

3. A Changing Station

Along with a new baby comes diapers — lots of them. As you’re going through your nursery ideas, be sure to create a designated place for changing diapers. Many parents opt for a changing table, but if you’re limited on space, you could place a changing pad on top of a dresser. Just be sure you select a dresser that’s large enough to accommodate the changing pad and all the diaper-changing accoutrements: diapers, wipes, balms, lotions, and hand sanitizer.

4. A Comfy Place to Sit

Every nursery should have a glider or rocker. This is where you’ll spend a lot of time (often in the wee hours of the night) rocking or feeding your baby. It’s helpful to choose a chair with a foot rest and plenty of back support. Also, consider placing a small table alongside the chair so you have a place to keep your phone and a bottle of water or snacks.

5. Dark Window Shades

When thinking about nursery ideas, many parents don’t consider blackout curtains or dark window shades. But remember: Your baby is used to life in the womb where it’s nice and dark. When naptime rolls around, a dark room makes it much easier to catch some zzz’s.

When planning a nursery in your Metroplex home, it helps to keep it simple. Start with these five essentials and then customize your nursery to suit your taste and needs. For more ideas, check out these 10 tips to creating the perfect nursery on a budget.

Image Source: Flickr/Myles Grant


Audrey Sellers is an award-winning, Dallas-based writer and editor with a background in marketing and promotions. She’s a former magazine editor turned blogger who’s a pro at crafting all kinds of engaging content: blog posts, case studies, feature stories, social media content, and more. When her fingers aren’t flying on her laptop, she’s busy not relaxing with her husband and two young kids.

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  1. john
    September 13, 2015

    awesome tips.I am using convertible baby cribs for my cute baby.

  2. john
    September 17, 2015

    Nice article.I have purchased convertible crib for my newborn baby.

  3. mike
    October 8, 2015

    Yes,john.convertible cribs is the best crib for newborn baby.

  4. cambrila
    December 21, 2015

    Nice guide.I think we should buy convertible cribs and mattress for our newborn baby.

  5. Dr. Michael owner
    February 20, 2016

    Nice review! It would be nice if you mentioned something like rocking type of cradles though (wooden, hanging with a swinging motion).

  6. Ehan Joe
    March 28, 2016

    Hi, Audrey Sellers you are abvsoulately right but I want to say thay you should add ( Safety ) with you information…. Thanks for you helps by this information

  7. Sass
    October 17, 2016

    The paint color is such a great suggestion. When people think of what color to paint their nursery, they firs think what will look good instead of thinking of a calming color to help the baby sleep.

  8. complainer
    March 26, 2017

    All great tips, especially the dark window shades because if your baby doesn’t get much sleep, neither will you! It’s also important to note to not have too many pillows or any other type of hazard in the crib. Safety first.

    • Lindsay Listanski
      April 4, 2017

      Great tips and as I new mom I totally agree that if your baby doesn’t sleep neither do you 🙂

  9. Shellie
    August 18, 2017

    Decent guide.I think we should purchase convertible bunks and sleeping pad for our infant.


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