This Boy Nursery Tour has been a long time coming. And to be honest, I am not sure why it took me so long. It might just be that, over time, the nursery has changed as we learned that some things were working and others not.
My concept changed so much over the months as we found out things the hard way. One example was finding out that beautiful wallpaper doesn’t look good over textured walls! And I know you are saying duh!, but at the time, with baby brains and excitement, that didn’t make it into my planning.
I originally started with a theme of travel and adventure, however, I fell in love with some animal prints I found at Homegoods and then the theme went out of the window.
I struggled a little bit to decide how the nursery should look like because I like many styles of home decor and I kept going back and forth about a nursery being for the baby vs for the mom. At the end, I think I struck a good balance.
Today I want to share with you the pictures of the nursery and also share the products I used and some lessons learned along the way.
Boy Nursery Tour[ 1 ] The crib. We love this crib, it’s modern and sturdy! This 3-1 configuration crib turns into a toddler bed (with or without a rail) and it will be used for at least 3 years. If you are thinking of having multiple children, it’s a great investment! [ 2 ] The mattress. We bought a top of the line baby mattress. Babies and toddlers spend a lot of time on top of a mattress, so it should be good quality! It needs to hold its shape and be comfortable. As most crib mattresses, this one has a side for infants (harder) and a side for toddler (more plush). [ 3 ] The chair and ottoman. Over the past couple years, I spent many hours in this chair and it has held up really well. I would purchase it again if I needed one.
There were chairs that looked more modern, but I wanted a chair that was comfortable and that provided the right support for my arms through hours upon hours of breastfeeding, reading, and rocking my baby – now toddler.
Unfortunately, the company seems to have gone out of business, so now this is one of a kind. My tip for anyone in the market for a chair is before you buy, make sure you sit on it and pretend to feed a baby. If you are comfortable enough to fall asleep, buy it![ 4 ] The dresser. I searched everywhere for a dresser with the right dimensions, style and color that I wanted, but couldn’t find it. So I enlisted my husband to build one.
I love that it was hand built and it’s solid as a rock (pure wood). It will last many years and be repurposed for sure. On top of that I was able to choose its dimensions to perfectly fit the room, its color and hinges. It’s just perfect![ 5 ] The shelves are standard Ikea. We ended up with way more books and knick knacks than I’ve ever imagined! [ 6 ] Animal artwork. There is a giant rabbit poster on Pinterest that I really liked, but couldn’t find it anywhere to buy it. One day while browsing at HomeGoods, I found these two animal prints by the artist Simon Te Tai. I immediately purchased them. It’s one of my favorite things in the nursery. R loves it too. I attribute him loving animals from looking at these everyday. These prints are still available at HomeGoods and also available at Target.
The other painting on top of the crib is from Target. It’s more grown up, but the colors matched the chair and dresser perfectly and pulled the room together.
We hung on top of the crib for 6 months until R started standing up in his crib and playing with it and we had to take it down. If I were to do it again, I would probably paint a mural on the wall of the crib.Wall decals. Because my original idea of installing wallpaper went down in flames, I ordered these decals instead. They work wonderfully on my textured walls and gave the room a whimsical feel. R likes to peel them off while I am changing his diaper so I have to always have some in hand to fill in the gaps. But they were super cheap, so it’s easy enough to do. [ 8 ] Decor. It’s a mishmash of gifts and things that I had around the house or purchased at Hobby Lobby.
My favorites are: the official mascot of the Rio Olympics and the wooden cube with his initial and birth information.[ 9 ] Diaper pail. One of the best purchases we’ve made. The refills are more expensive than regular trash bags, but it keeps the stink in – so it’s totally worth it in my opinion.
We have two of these in the house, one in nursery and one in my main floor so I don’t have to walk up the stairs every time I need to change a diaper.[ 10 ] Baby wipes warmer. R was born in winter and every time we changed his diaper at night with a cold wipe, he would wake up a lot more and scream, so we bought the wipe warmer. After that we had no issues.
During the day, we use cold wipes, so we never had a problem with him getting used to the warm wipes.
TIP: The wipes tend to dry out in the warmer, but all you have to do is fill the container up with water every once in a while and re-moisten the wipes.[ 11 ] Laundry and toy basket. It is so handy to keep things organized, specially in the beginning when we were having tons of blow outs and washing the baby’s clothes separately. [ 12 ] The curtains. I’ve had these for years now and I was going to change them for a travel themed set, but once all the furniture was in, it fit the colors so well, I just left it. [ 13 ] Side table. I bought this side table at Target for only $20! I had planned to build one, but when I saw this table, it was too good to pass up. It’s white and has clean lines, which goes well with the modern decor of the nursery. It’s also heavy and sturdy which was perfect for those months that R was learning how to pull himself up. The top rotates so it can be made taller or shorter and it provides lots of entertainment for older babies. Roark loves to spin in back and forth.
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I will share how I organized the closet on another post, but for now, I hope you enjoyed this boy nursery tour.
If you have any questions or products that you absolutely loved, let me know in the comments below.