Nursery Setup Guide
As an expecting parent, setting up a nursery is likely one of the many items on your to-do list before your bundle of joy arrives. You may be asking yourself (and everyone around you!) “when should I start setting up the baby nursery?” While it's exciting to start planning and designing your baby's room, it's important to consider a few key factors before deciding when to set up a nursery.
What is the point of a baby nursery?
You'll be surprised at how much stuff one tiny person can accumulate, regardless of how minimalist you try to be. A nursery is a designated safe space for your baby to sleep and grow. It’s also where you’ll likely keep their belongings and necessities. A nursery can also serve as a space for you to bond with your baby, without the distractions and responsibilities of the rest of the household - a place where you can relax in a rocking chair and do absolutely nothing except for snuggling your baby… after all, growing them was hard work.
When should I start setting up the baby nursery?
Speaking of hard work, setting up a nursery is a huge task! It’s a good idea to start early so you don’t feel overwhelmed towards the end of your pregnancy. Your first trimester is the perfect time to start dreaming up ideas as to how you want your baby’s space to look. During your second trimester, you’re (hopefully) in that sweet spot where morning sickness isn’t plaguing your entire day, and you’re still small enough to see your toes.. kindof. This is the perfect time to start executing your ideas and getting ready for your baby. Planning ahead also gives you plenty of time to make decisions on larger purchases like a crib or your rocking chair. Aim to have your nursery completed 2-4 weeks before your due date just in case your sweet baby decides to make an early arrival.
What do you need to set up a baby nursery?
If you’re expecting, you’re likely browsing the internet for ideas for your dream nursery, and wondering how the heck you’re going to get everything done. The truth is, your newborn baby doesn’t need an extravagant, Pinterest-inspired nursery. It isn't even necessary for them to have their own room. All that really matters is that your baby has a clean, secure place to sleep and a place to store their necessities. Smaller, simpler nurseries are just fine for your little one, and are more than enough for them to feel safe and comfortable. Let’s be frank, babies mostly just eat, sleep and poop… this means you’ll be all set with a comfy spot to feed your baby, a safe sleep space, and somewhere to change diapers. That said, some items on your “nursery checklist” may include:
- Crib or bassinet
- Crib sheets
- Changing table
- Rocking chair or glider
- Crib mobile
- Trash can for diaper disposal
- Dresser for all of their cute little clothes
- Toys and toy bins
- Baby monitor
Deciding exactly what items you need in your baby's nursery can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. Start with a list of essentials, and go from there keeping safety, comfort, functionality and your budget in mind when planning.
What is the best way to layout a nursery?
The layout of a nursery can make a big difference in how efficient and cozy the room is for both you and baby. No two babies will have the same “perfect” nursery layout as this will vary based on the size of the space and their furniture. The crib is typically the focal point of the room, so it's a good idea to start by deciding where to place it. If you plan on using a changing table, it’s usually most convenient near a closet or dresser where baby’s clothes will be kept. A rocking chair or glider typically fits well in a corner, ideally near a window so baby can soak up a bit of that good ‘ole vitamin D while they nap in your arms. When planning your layout, keep in mind that the crib should be placed away from any potential hazards, such as windows or outlets. Also be sure all heavy furniture is secured to the wall and all cords are out of reach.
How much does it cost to set up a baby nursery?
The cost of setting up a baby nursery can vary widely depending on a variety of factors such as location, size of the room, quality of items purchased, and personal preferences. All in all, setting up a basic baby nursery can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 or more. Before you panic at the price tag, keep in mind this is a general range when factoring in all furniture and some basics like a baby monitor and a diaper pail. It’s totally possible to save money by purchasing gently used items, looking for sales or discounts, and prioritizing your purchases based on your needs and budget.
Why is it called a baby nursery? Do Newborns need a nursery?
The term "nursery" actually comes from the Latin word "nutrire", which means to nourish or to bring up. The term has been used for centuries to describe a place where young children are cared for and nurtured.
Even though newborns don't need a nursery, having a designated space for them can make their care easier and more convenient. Additionally, a nursery can help you create a routine for your baby by creating a familiar and consistent environment for them to spend time in. A nursery is also a space for you to bond with your new baby, whether it’s during feedings or cuddle time.