Today, I will show you a little look at our nursery!
Before I begin, I need to give two disclaimers. First, our “nursery” is more like temporary baby zones. We live in a small two-bedroom apartment, so we couldn’t have a dedicated nursery room. Pete gave up half of his office to share with the baby so you may notice little touches left over from him. Hence the guitar on the door and the Star Wars rug. We didn’t know the baby’s gender, so we figured we’d go all out in our next home. Secondly, I took these photos all before the arrival of our little one. By the time this post comes out, I know these zones will be less neat, so I did a little photoshoot ahead of time. I’m sure I will do an updated version once we are in the thick of things. Until then, enjoy the tidiness 🙂
How adorable is this Disney Tangled canvas! Many years ago, Pete gifted me this artwork by one of my favorite artists, Thomas Kinkade, when he went on a Disney Cruise before we were even married. I always dreamed of hanging it in a nursery one day, and now we have! Pete and I hung up the artwork and knew we needed to hang the bookshelf below it.
We decided to only set up the bassinet and hold off on the crib until our little one outgrows this. The beauty of this bassinet is it’s light weight and can roll. So, we can have the bassinet in our room or the nursery. It even has a window that zips down for nightly feeds and storage below. We currently have extra sheets, an infant lounger, and a baby bouncer in the storage below.
I spent so long researching gliders because deciding on an item you can’t test out in person is difficult. Once we got our registry discount, we finally decided to go with this one, and I love it! It swivels, glides, and electronically reclines. It even comes with a phone charging port. The electronic reclining feature sold me. I read so many reviews where the number one complaint was postpartum moms experiencing pain and difficulty closing a manual recliner. With all the trauma your abdomen goes through during pregnancy and delivery, I did not want to hurt myself on a silly chair. So far, I am delighted with this purchase, and I predict many evenings will be spent reading to our baby in this chair. 🙂
TikTok convinced me!! This “changing table” is the IKEA Hemnes dresser! Veteran moms have said it’s the perfect height, so it’s much easier on your back, and the storage is great for baby clothes and extra gear. We hope it will last longer than our changing table needs and be a future kids’ bedroom dresser.
Dresser: Ikea Hemnes
Since I scoured the internet trying to figure out the best way to organize our dresser, I will share with you how we have it set up so far. This will likely change once we better understand our baby’s needs, but this made the most sense for quick and easy access…
From left to right: We have a baby medicine/disposable changing pads drawer, a blurp cloth drawer, a wipes/diaper cream drawer, and a diaper drawer.
I even labeled each drawer to help us (mostly my husband, hehe) stay organized! I am obsessed with my new label maker! My exact one can be found here: Label Maker
I dedicated the second row of drawers entirely to baby clothes and swaddles. After I washed and folded everything, I created the rows for each clothing size. Based on advice from fellow moms, I have the most clothing for sizes 0-3 and 3-6 months. However, I did buy a few newborn-sized items just in case our baby is on the smaller side. There is some debate between folding baby clothes and not, but the best way to avoid non-worn clothing would be to see them, so this process works best for me.
Swaddles and Sleep Sacks:
All of my miscellanous items went into the last two drawers. It’s not pretty, but it’s functional enough. I knew these drawers would end up being a catch-all. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but these last drawers are taller than the middle ones, which means they also fit any of our bulky items.
On the right side, I have primarily bottles, books, and toys. On the left side, it is mostly breast pump gear and baby carriers. Side note: Did you know many health insurances will send you a breast pump for free?! I didn’t until someone told me, but that’s how I got mine! I used the company AeroFlow, and they handled it all for me – Easy peasy!
Another tip I learned from Tik Tok – A nursing cart!
Seriously, I would have never thought of this… It’s so genius to have a rolling cart that you can bring to your bedroom, living room, or nursery. I plan to leave ours next to the glider, but I love that it’s mobile in case we have a different nursery plan for our next home or future babies. So far, I added extra diapers, a few onesies, pacifiers, my haakaa, blurp clothes, books, baby nail file, baby thermometer, wipes, nipple cream, and a few fun snacks for me.
Please ignore the ugly sink drain, but here is our bath station. I cannot wait to see our baby in that adorable ducky bathrobe! When we received the bathrobe, I remember my husband looking at it strangely and going, “Why does a baby need a bathrobe?” and me saying, “Because I’m going to be in my bathrobe, and I didn’t want the baby to feel left out!” Haha.. men don’t understand cute things.
Last but not least, I have my nursing pillow set up in our living room. Currently, it sits right next to our couch and TV because this is where I will most likely reach for it. I went with the My Breast Friend pillow over the Boppy because I liked the idea of the back support and strap more.
Now, that’s it for all our baby zones!
It’s not the perfect Pinterest nursery, but it’s what we can do in our little ole apartment, and I know the baby won’t be able to tell the difference 😉