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Things You Need on Your Nursery Decoration Checklist

Did you know that in the United States, over fifty thousand more babies were born in March 2021 than in February 2021?

While birth rates slowed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re starting to return to their pre-pandemic levels. If you’re about to become a new parent, you’re in good company.

As a new parent, you have at least a million things to think about. What will you name your child? How do you baby-proof your home?

Nursery decoration can feel like just one more thing on the never-ending list of to-dos. Knowing how to decorate a nursery is a necessary but daunting task. That’s why we’ve created this nursery decoration checklist for you to use.

Furniture

The furniture you choose for your nursery will determine both how functional and comfortable the space is for you and your baby. While it can be tempting to choose nursery furniture based on what looks the cutest, make sure that the furniture you pick will also meet your day-to-day needs.

Items to keep in mind while furniture-shopping include:

  • an appropriately-sized crib with comfortable bedding
  • a glider or rocking chair
  • a cozy but easy-to-clean rug
  • a bookshelf
  • a soft-light lamp to sit near your chair

You will probably add more furniture over time, but these are the basics to get you started.

Nursery Decorations

Choosing the right furniture will determine the comfort level of the space, but the decor you choose will set the mood.

Things to think about for this category include:

  • the wallpaper design
  • a mural or other artwork on the walls

To up the cuteness factor of your nursery, choose a theme for the decor! For example, a purple dinosaur wallpaper creates the perfect backdrop for a dinosaur-themed room.

Toys

No nursery is complete without toys and games for your little one! Be sure to include these items in your nursery budget:

  • stuffed animals
  • books
  • games
  • building blocks

Don’t forget to buy a toy chest to store everything in; your future self will thank you!

Other Essentials

This is the part of the checklist that will be most helpful for new parents. Here are some of the odds and ends that you might not think about but will make your life much easier in the long run:

  • a humidifier
  • outlet covers
  • blackout curtains for the windows
  • a white noise machine
  • a diaper pail with a closed top
  • night lights

Investing in these small things can help make parenting just a little bit easier. Taking care of a baby can be hard work, and you should do what you can to make it as easy as possible on yourself and your newborn.

Go Decorate the Nursery of Your Dreams

Use this nursery decoration checklist in whatever way serves you best. Follow it exactly to make sure you get everything you need, or use it as a starting point and make it your own!

No matter how you end up decorating a nursery for your newborn, the love and care you put into it is sure to make your little one feel held and welcomed into the world.

Looking for other home and lifestyle tips and advice? Check out the other articles on our blog. We’re sure to have what you need!