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Now that we have officially celebrated baby boy’s FIRST birthday, I think it is about time to FINALLY share our nursery reveal on the blog. I had every single intention of doing this a year ago, but regardless of my intentions, I am very happy to finally share on the blog our baby boy nursery reveal.
It was the absolute sweetest experience building baby boy’s nursery, putting together the furniture, and decorating the space all in anticipation of baby boy’s arrival. I know many people say that you don’t need to rush putting the nursery together because the truth is baby will spend most of the early weeks in your own room in the bassinet. For us though, we LOVED having our nursery fully set up and used it so often, every single day!
I definitely recommend to have as much of your baby nursery complete as possible before baby’s arrival and then simply enjoy it once baby is here! In order to help make that a reality, I am going to pair this baby boy nursery reveal with a helpful guide of the 8 essentials you need to build your nursery. Ah so excited, let’s get started!
To make this nursery reveal as helpful as possible for you, I have organized it into the 8 essentials you need to build your nursery. These are 8 things that will help create the nursery of your dreams, as well as insure that the nursery is practical and functional for all things taking care of a newborn! Throughout this nursery reveal, I will be linking to several different products that we have in our baby boy nursery and absolutely love. If you click on the links and make a purchase, I do make a tiny commission off of that. As always, thank you so much for supporting this creative space! Alright, without any further ado, let’s get started on the 8 essentials to building your nursery for your sweet bundle of joy!
Most likely the first thing you think about when planning your nursery is the paint color. For our walls we used Benjamin Moore Sweet Innocence. Additionally, I love adding in a statement wall to the nursery. This is such a sweet way to be able to elevate the look of the room and create the theme of the nursery. There are so many different options to choose from for a statement wall. From wall decals, to wallpaper, to texture with board and batten, there are SO many things you can do and make as your own. First step, of course, is to pick a general theme or color scheme for the nursery and then build your statement wall around that.
For our baby boy nursery, I really built the entire room around the wallpaper that I dreamed of for this space. The wallpaper that is the feature point of our nursery is a mural of Mt. Rainer and it is absolutely stunning. While, it is possible to install the wallpaper yourself, we made a great decision in having a local wallpaper installer take charge, and I am so glad we did. It was worth every single penny. Every single day in baby boy’s nursery, I smile so big looking at this beautiful statement wall.
Another key feature of a nursery is the crib. There are so many different options for cribs that you can easily choose based on design, quality and aesthetic. For our baby boy nursery, choosing a crib that was made with non-toxic chemicals and high quality materials. We absolutely adore our crib, the Wesley Farmhouse 4-in-1 convertible storage crib. Our finish is in Heirloom White and it is such a pretty crib for our nursery. Plus, the added bonus of the storage drawer is perfect for keeping extra sheets, blankets, and our Snuggle Me lounger (that little babe has now officially outgrown!)
For the remaining furniture for your baby boy nursery, you will want to consider what are the most essential pieces. For us, that included a changing table, a dresser, and a glider. Now, in what makes for the sweetest nursery is the fact that these three furniture pieces were all borrowed from family. Our dresser was the dresser in my late grandmother’s house. I absolutely love the fact that a piece of her is in my son’s room. Additionally, the changing table and the glider were the exact same pieces that were in my nursery when I was a baby. My mom saved both of those for my sister and I and she fixed them up and gave them a little refresh as we were planning and building our nursery. It is the sweetest feeling, rocking my baby boy in the glider that my mother rocked me!
Another essential piece to your baby nursery is a bookcase. Trust me on this one, you are going to get a lot of books and. you will want a place to put them. I love our bookcase, which we found at Home Goods. I have several similar options linked below for you to check out. But, I love that this type of bookcase comes with the tiered shelving, perfect for displaying the covers of several books as well as the storage cubby shelf on the bottom. We use the storage cubby shelf to keep the smaller toys and teethers as a way to provide organization within the nursery.
In your nursery, you definitely want to consider adding in some level of toy storage. While you may not have lots of baby toys in the beginning of little one’s life, it is safe to assume that you will accumulate MANY very quickly. I love these soft storage bins from Target. They are easy to handle, my son reaches for them and is easily able to pick up, pull out, and play with his toys. In addition, the storage cubby system that we used in his closet, also is a place for us to store some toys. Just now, at one year old, we are working on creating a playroom for our son. Up until this point, the majority of his playthings have been kept and stored in his room!
As you choose and build on your nursery theme, I highly encourage you to pick up a few decor pieces that match your theme. You really don’t need to go overboard. Another benefit of having the large mural of Rainer as a statement wall was that was one less space I needed to worry about decorating. Our nursery theme is focused on outdoor travel and therefore I am obsessed with this US National Park mat from Gathre that I have hanging on the wall over the changing table. Personally, this is one of my absolute favorite parts of the entire nursery. Our first big trip with baby was a road trip all the way (from Georgia) to the tip of Maine, to Acadia National Park. I love being able to look at this map every single day and smile so many smiles thinking of the memories already made, and the memories to be made as we travel with our sweet little boy.
Another way to incorporate decor for your nursery is the use of a peg shelf. I love the look of a wooden peg shelf, and love the ability to hang favorite clothing, or signs from the wooden peg shelf. Boston is our favorite city, one to which we travel to often, and when I saw H&M release this sweatshirt set over a year ago, I knew we needed it, not just for the nursery, but also for baby’s wardrobe!
Another key feature to nursery decor are floating shelves. This provides another way to be able to display signs, a book or two, and stuffed animals. I am absolutely obsessed with the touches added to our baby boy nursery through the floating shelves.
One really important thing to keep in mind as you are building and planning your nursery is practicality. You really want to make sure that your nursery is set up for practical, every day function. Therefore as you pick your furniture pieces, choose items that are functional. For the rug, it was important to me that we had something that not only was a beautiful piece, but also something that was heavy duty, easy to clean, and provided a soft surface to play. We have all hardwoods throughout our home, therefore, it was so important to make sure the “rug” that we chose for our nursery was comfortable.
I could not rave more about our play-mat from House of Noa. Their play-mats are stunning and the perfect addition for any nursery and/or play space. Our House of Noa play-mat is the Starlight in Sterling. And I absolutely love everything about it. This play-mat is incredible functional, practical, and completely completes our nursery space.
The final essential for you to keep in mind as you plan and build your nursery for baby is organization. You definitely are going to want to make a priority the use of an organizational system for all things baby, especially in the newborn phase. The first few days and weeks after returning home from the hospital are A LOT and full of so many different feelings, emotions, and very little sleep. By coming up with your own organizational system for the nursery, you are doing yourself a favor by not just keeping things organized, neat and tidy, but also easier to clean up, as well as easy to get to in the wee hours of the night.
I recommend utilizing space near the changing table where you can keep the necessities. Underneath our changing table, we used wicker baskets to organize all the diapering essentials. One wicker basket is for diapers, another for burp cloths, and the third for all the other things that you use daily. The things like the diaper cream, the butt spatula (yes, it is worth the hype), lotion, and pretty much anything else you use for the changing and bedtime routine.
Finally, I strongly suggest having an additional storage system in the closet (if possible). We built a cubby storage system with bins. The different bins each hold the following
By having this extra organizational system it allowed for us to keep everything neat and tidy in the nursery. Plus, whenever we needed something (especially in the middle of the night or super early hours of the morning) we knew exactly where everything was.
Putting together a nursery is the sweetest of things. From determining the theme, wall color, to picking out the furniture, adding in the decor, it is one of the sweetest rooms to build. Not only are you planning a room, but you are dreaming of the future with all the hope, joy, and anticipation in the world as you look to bring home sweet baby into the world, and your lives!
As you build your nursery, I encourage you to enjoy the process. Try to not get overwhelmed or stressed, and simply find the joy of creating the space where you get to raise your little one! I hope you enjoyed this baby boy nursery reveal If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out over on Instagram. Wishing you the absolute best!