85 Darling Baby Nursery Design Ideas for 2019

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If you have a little one on the way, preparing the nursery is one of the most important tasks ahead of you, one that will make you feel more at ease.  One obvious item you need is a baby crib, but there’s a ton of other things you need.

Being prepared for taking care of your new baby is important, and preparing your nursery ahead of time will ensure that you have everything you need on the day that you bring your new baby home for the first time.

Of course, a nursery is more than just a place where you’ll be changing diapers. It’s also the place where your baby will sleep, wake up every morning, and will probably grow up in.

For this reason, you’ll want your nursery to be a place that is comfortable for baby, in soothing colors, filled with hope, light, and learning.

We’ve included a wide variety of styles in this collection, so we’re sure you’ll find a design to suit your sensibilities, regardless of whether you prefer traditional styles or a cleaner, more modern look.

From colorful, stimulating nurseries to soft, soothing spaces designed to lull baby peacefully into dreamland, we’re proud to present this collection,

As you peruse these images, we invite you to imagine the room in your home, with your brand new baby.

Gather inspiration from all, or maybe just a few of these rooms and design the nursery of your dreams.

Inspirational Types of Baby Nurseries Every Parent Needs to See

I. Baby nursery guide

Creating the ultimate baby nursery requires the utmost attention to detail and care. Every aspect of your child’s needs must be taken into consideration, as do your own as the parent.

Being a first, or even second, time parent can seem like a whirlwind of choices and decisions. Consider the following that others have implemented in various types of baby nurseries.

A. What Designs Are Popular?

Overall themes for nurseries consist of three designs; for a boy, for a girl, and neutral. The following is based on 31,535 nursery rooms. As you can see, choosing a neutral theme proved incredibly popular having been featured in 12,015 homes, just under a girl-themed room.

B. Essentials

No nursery is complete without the essentials. Each of these must-have items is designed to keep your infant safe and comfortable all the way through to their toddler years.

1. Crib

The staple in any nursery, a crib offers any child a place to sleep while keeping them from rolling onto the floor.

A 4-in-1 convertible crib for the baby.

Camden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib” by Child Craft at Wayfair

There are standard models, which are the usual item depicted when the word crib comes to mind, convertible cribs that are made larger as your child ages, and portable or travel cribs for on the go use.

Cribs are made from a wide variety of materials. Some utilize hardwoods in their frames for a classic look, while others might stick with economic variety woods or alloys.

Wood is primarily used in nearly all cribs, but bassinets tend to stick with nylon for the bed and aluminum for the support.

2. Mattress

According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, your baby’s mattress should be a tight fit inside of the crib. Leave no more than two fingers width between the edge of the mattress and the side of the crib to create a safe sleeping environment.

It should also provide firm support, unlike the cushiony feel of a regular mattress. It will need to hold its shape and remain flat.

3. Mattress Pad

The mattress pad should fit exactly like the mattress, providing a softer layer on top of the firm support. Make sure it is secure to avoid a choking hazard.

Keeping two pads handy ensures that you have a backup in the event of an accident in the middle of the night.

A crib mattress pad for support.

Sertapedic Crib Mattress Pad” by Serta at Wayfair

4. Bedding

It is recommended to own at least two forms of bedding as well for the same reason as above. The bedding provides an added layer of comfort and warmth, especially on colder nights.

Layering your bedding and mattress pads can make late night messes easier to clean up. Once the first layer is wet through, simply remove it to reveal the dry layer and take care of the mess in the morning.

5. Monitor

A set of monitors and receivers helps you to keep tabs on your child anytime they are sleeping. They come in a variety of fun designs, but any standard model will do.

Some monitors will interfere with other electronics like garage door openers. Make sure to hang on to the receipt just in case.

6. Hazard Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are just as important as a car seat. No nursery should be without both, and you can pick them up at your local hardware store.

C. Recommended Features

When considering types of baby nurseries, these pieces of furniture and useful additions make any baby’s room feel cozier. They’re also helpful to you when it comes to caring for your child.

1. Dresser

Infants can acquire an incredible amount of clothes in their first few months. Not only will a dresser help you store and organize them, designs for nurseries usually feature a slide out changing tables and spaces for care items such as wipes or creams.

2. Crib Bumper

Some modern crib models come complete with bumpers that soften the sides of your baby’s bed. However, many traditional and portable styles do not.

Fastening a crib bumper against the sides of the crib will ensure that there are no bumped heads or hurt limbs.

A crib bumper for the baby's delicate head.

Luca Bumper” by Petit Tresor at Wayfair

3. Changing Table

All types of baby nurseries come equipped with a changing table. If the dresser you chose does not feature one, then make life easier for yourself and pick one up.

The initial cost might be high, but eliminating the strain on your back from bending over a crib is well worth the investment. Every changing table should have curved sides and a wrist strap to prevent falls.

4. Receiving Blankets

Receiving blankets are used to cuddle or swaddle your baby, and can easily match the color scheme you’ve chosen for the nursery. While they are not a necessity, they do add a little flair to the room aside from their practicality.

5. Rocking Chair

Rocking back and forth is a calming activity for fussy infants and adults alike. Choosing to have a rocking chair in your nursery allows for easy feeding as well as a way to soothe a crying baby.

Not all types of baby nurseries accommodate a rocking chair, though. The size constraints of a compact room might not fit an extra chair into their space. Consider which room in your home should be the designated nursery.

A wooden rocking chair.

Hanlon Rocking Chair” by Darby Home Co. at Wayfair

Out of 24,123 analyzed homes, these are the sizes chosen for a child’s room.

6. Nightlight

Some babies and small children enjoy the soft glow of a nightlight. Studies show that they offer reassurance which combats separation anxiety, the light is non-stimulating, and models with a timed alarm help to prevent early waking by setting a steady sleep schedule.

However, you may find one more useful as you slip in and out of the nursery at night. Your toes will thank you for not stubbing them on the leg of the crib or dresser.

7. Diaper disposal system

These nifty gadgets minimize the odor caused by dirty diapers. While parents who choose to use cloth may not need one, they sure come in handy either way.

Different colors are accommodating to different design ideas. For instance, a neutral disposal system compliments contemporary and modern styles, while blue may work best for a boy’s room or Mediterranean style.

In an analyzation of 95,830 children’s bedrooms, this is the breakdown of design choices.

8. Bookshelf

If the size of the room accommodates, a bookshelf is an excellent addition to various types of baby nurseries. Even if you only have a few books to choose from, utilize the extra shelf space for supplies like blankets and diapers.

A trendy cube unit bookcase.

Cliffside 33” Cube Unit Bookcase” by Varick Gallery at Wayfair

If you aren’t sure which books to purchase, there are plenty of online resources the highlight the best books for babies. Mother Goose nursery rhymes, Goodnight Moon, and Dr. Suess are all still extremely trendy choices.

D. Additional Items

Adding the finishing touches to your new nursery make it feel like a genuine part of your home. These suggestions are commonly found in all types of baby nurseries.

1. Stereo or Noise Maker

Researchers have found that a steady stream of music or sound helps to relax infants and toddlers. Many parents choose to play lullaby CDs, but you can also opt for a noisemaker that plays sounds like babbling brooks or rain.

2. Mobile

Some babies relax faster with moving mobiles above their cribs, while others find them more stimulating. If a mobile is best for your baby, then pick something attractive that matches the theme or color scheme of the nursery.

These are the colors parents chose in 71,729 analyzed children’s bedrooms.

3. Toy Holders

There’s nothing worse than walking into your child’s room at night and stepping on something left out on the floor. While your baby might not be able to play with their toys yet, having a toy holder ready to go is a great idea.

These come in a variety of designs and styles, ensuring that something will match the scheme you choose for the room.

When it does come time for them to play and move about, 40.32% of 26,582 analyzed rooms utilized carpet as their flooring of choice. This provides a level of comfort for your child while eliminating the possibility of scratched wood flooring.

You may want to choose the color of the carpet based on your overall design theme. If you were curious as to what colors were the most popular, however, this chart breaks down the percentages based on 4,835 analyzed rooms.

4. Bouncy Seat

Opting to add a bouncy seat to your nursery offers two very important benefits. First, it provides stimulating fun during playtime for your baby. Second, it can act as a way to relax your child if they become restless at night.

If your nursery room is large enough to accommodate, then place the bouncer in one of the corners to help save on space.

5. Wall Art

Choosing to decorate the room with wall art can aid a variety of design schemes for different types of baby nurseries. You could choose a DIY project, decals, or traditional framed pieces.

Consider the color of the walls before applying any art to them. In an analyzation of 29,390 rooms, these were the colors parents chose for their children’s walls.

A wall art of birch tree forests in a white backdrop.

Birch Tree Forest Branches Wall Decal” by Innovative Stencils at Wayfair

6. Room Thermometer

Infants cannot regulate their body temperature as well as full grown children can. This causes them to become chilly or overheated quickly, which can lead to a very upset baby.

Utilizing a room thermometer is an inexpensive way to tell if the temperature is the reason your child is crying.

7. Wipe Warmer

This optional addition to your nursery does exactly what the name suggests, warms up baby wipes. They come in handy during the winter months and help prevent colds.

The only drawback is that the bottom portion of the stack tend to dry out, which means you’ll need to remoisten them before use. If that isn’t a problem, then this is an excellent choice to make your baby that much more comfortable.

II. Pricing Your Nursery

The price you pay to put a nursery together depends on a wide variety of factors. Different types of baby nurseries will cost more based on the size, furniture, and additional items for the room.

A. The Average Cost

On average, parents are estimated to spend anywhere around $2,000 on the room alone. That figure takes into each piece of furniture and bedding into consideration.

The crib can cost anywhere between $160 and $750, excluding ones from baby boutiques. Bedding can range from a simple $35 to an astonishing $270 while changing tables average between $70 and $600.

Mattress covers, crib blankets, and sheets all cost under $20, which is great news. However, dressers and rocking chairs can cost you anywhere from $90 to $650.

The $2,000 estimate does not include supplies such as formula or baby gear like playpens and bouncer seats. It also excludes small items like the room thermometer and nightlight.

B. Saving Money

For budget-conscious parents, saving every penny counts when it comes to raising a child. Do your research and shop around online before making a final decision.

You may also want to consider spending less on the crib itself. Safety regulations are always changing, meaning the crib you buy for your first baby may not be considered suitable for any other additions to the family later on.

Items like rocking chairs and dressers, however, can be used for generations or even passed down once your little ones grow up and have children of their own. On the flip side of the coin, they can also be sold after your child outgrows the need for them online or at a garage sale.

Don’t skip the essentials, but feel free to skip the additional items if funds are tight. You can always add on or change the appearance of the room down the road. As long as your baby has the necessities, he or she will be just fine.


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