If you’re looking to set up a nursery for your precious one, Peekaboo is here to help! Read on to discover the must-have nursery products as well as tips on how to craft the perfect room to accommodate your growing family.

When should you start babies’ nursery?

The decision of when to set up a nursery room is one that will vary from one expecting family to the next, but for the most part, it is a good idea to get started around the second trimester of pregnancy. Some parents may want to wait until they find out the biological sex of their baby before setting up a nursery, while other parents who opt for a gender-neutral space may be able to start decorating this special room in their house as soon as they wish.

Nursery Checklist: What do you put in a baby nursery?

If you think baby room products are limited to just a cot or crib and a mattress, think again. While it is true that a sleeping solution will be one of the most important kids furniture items in the room, there are other needs you’ll also need to consider to make your baby’s life as comfortable as possible.

With that in mind, your first order of business when shopping for nursery essentials should be to look for items like pillows and baby bedding sets best suited to your little one’s age group and any other special needs. For extra comfort in cooler temperatures, you can also grab some blankets or swaddles for your baby, the latter being particularly popular with parents of newborns.

Once you’ve got the sleeping part covered, you may also want to set aside a corner of the room for diapering and changing, especially if you don’t want to carry your newborn into other rooms at all hours of the day and night. If you’ve got the space, it is also recommended to store your baby’s clothes in the nursery, as keeping most baby-related items in one space will help you find what you’re looking for easily.

With an ever-growing array of clothes, toys, books, and other items, babies require plenty of storage space, which makes storage solutions a must-have for nurseries. You can opt for shelving units, storage boxes, baskets, or anything else to help you stay organized.

How do you prepare a baby nursery room?

When it comes to prepping your nursery, the first thing to do before taking any action is to consider your needs. After all, parents of twins will have significantly different nursery needs than parents of an only child, while families who already have kids may face challenges finding enough space.

Wherever you decide to set up your nursery, it’s important to start with a clean slate. Having a decluttered, deep-cleaned, fresh room will help you plan its layout better, saving you time and energy in the long run. Besides, it’s important to keep a hygienic space for your baby’s sake, as well. 

After the cleaning comes the fun part: picking a color palette and choosing the right furniture and decor to go with your preferred style. It is also a good idea to take measurements of the room at this time, before making any purchases. Once you’ve settled on what items you want for your nursery and either purchased or otherwise obtained them, it’s time to get moving.

Place larger pieces of furniture such as beds or cots and mattresses, chests, drawers, etc., first, before moving on to decor and furnishings. This will help you make sure you aren’t overcrowding your space with unnecessary items instead of making room for the essential ones. Once you’ve got your bases covered, it’s time to have some fun!

As your baby gets older, you may consider switching out some of the furniture, like adding in a playpen instead of a changing table or opting for a tipi-style bedframe cover to keep bedtime fun and interesting.

How do you make a baby room in a small apartment?

Being limited by physical space can be challenging when it comes to fitting all that you need to fit into a baby’s room, so it’s important to think smart when it comes to the items you do keep in there. Modular and multi-functional products such as convertible baby beds with built-in storage are a great option, as are bunk beds (especially for families with more than one baby). 

Another option would be to keep your baby’s clothes, diapers, etc. elsewhere and use another room—or the bathroom—as the diapering and changing station.

Whether you’re looking to build a nursery from scratch or simply upgrade your existing one, Peekaboo’s wide selection of useful products is guaranteed to have what you need.