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Designing a Nursery? Oh Baby!

Having a little one is BIG. Congrats!

Setting up your nursery should be fun and exciting. Here are a few tips — and a checklist — to keep it that way.
Baby room design: top tips from parents

The happiest new parents put function before fashion, creating rooms that work hard during 3 a.m. feedings and surprise diaper changes.
Mom and dads say that the best nursery designs…

  • Use only furniture certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), all designed, tested, and crafted to keep baby safe
  • Take versatility into account when choosing furniture and storage so that the plan can grow and change with your little one
  • Place the crib against a cozy, draft-free wall and keep the foot path clear so you can rush to the rescue without running an obstacle course
  • Put what you need (diapers, wipes, onesies, pacifiers, your phone) in easy reach and are fully stocked well before the due date
  • Are filled with storage so you can stay organized
  • Keep rugs either out of high-traffic zones or locked down with double-sided rug tape so you don’t trip
  • Use a soft pastel or light monochromatic color scheme to keep baby calm and, ummm, sleepy

Baby’s basics (a.k.a. your nursery design checklist)
Must-have furnishings:

  • For the perfect blend of functionality, safety, and style, shop the Bassett baby collection. A few pieces to get little well into childhood:
  • Convertible crib — Bassett Everest transforms into a child’s bed — no need to change bedroom sets as baby grows
  • Mattress — lots of hours logged here.
  • Dresser — for extra quilts and teeny-weeny clothes; our Seraphina dresser doubles as a changing table with optional gallery rails
  • Changing table — placed near the bed to get important business done in a flash; great for storage too
  • Comfy chair (ottoman, too!) — doesn’t have to be a rocking chair, does have to be comfy and supportive
  • Side table — for bottles, bedtime books, your laptop, and a soft light

Lots of storage:

  • Itsy-bitsy babies come with mountains of suppies. Here are a few places to put them:
  • Storage crib — the Everest also economizes space, especially if your nursery is on the wee side
  • Dresser hutch — this ingenious dresser “tops” like our Addison hutch can display adorable stuffed animals, picture books, future keepsakes, and more
  • Hanging sweater organizers — substitute for a dresser when baby’s clothes are small; a handy place to put extra linens and diapers
  • Big canvas baskets — another option for little toys, towels, and quilts
  • Stackable tubs — store “too big” clothes, quilts, and diaper reserves back in the closet
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As you decorate, these accessories and cozy touches can help set the tone for the first few years:

  • Wall art and mobiles — removable decals, playful wallpaper, and sparkling mobiles give those beautiful eyes something to focus on between cuddle and feeding time
  • Baby’s bedding — a chance to infuse characters, colors, and patterns
  • “Adult” throw and pillows — an oh-so-practical way to add warmth, softness and color to your cozy chair
  • Low lighting — set on the side table, the glow of a soft light can help keep you both on the sleepy side …. or let you get work done (sorry)
  • Monitor and sound soother — the first so you can listen in; the second to carry baby through hours of sweet dreams
  • Need more baby room ideas?

    Yep, it’s a busy time. So just ask a Bassett interior designer. She or he can put together the nursery you’re dreaming of.

    Welcome, baby, welcome.