Today is the second of a three part series featuring advice from the one and only Rockababy Guru. Desiree not only offers sleep training solutions, but she has extensive knowledge in everything baby. From products to planning, she can help you to make your transition to baby an easy one. Check out her Instagram and Facebook pages for everything she’s been up to as well as fabulous tips and tricks for life with baby.
In last week’s post we touched on Top Baby Products for new parents and Desiree shared with us her favorite baby brands you can’t live without. This week we sat down and discussed the do’s and don’ts when planning your baby’s nursery. I am also sharing my design inspiration for our little lady’s room.
Here are 5 helpful tips Desiree gave me when planning the nursery:
1. Remember that the nursery is for SLEEP. Keep the room very neutral and relaxing with no bright colors, glowing stickers, music, or night lights. Simple, clean and quiet is the best approach. Too much stimulation and distraction prevents healthy sleep habits. We chose Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray for our wall color with white, gold and blush accents in other aspects of the room’s textiles and accessories. This soothing color palette is neutral with a touch of femininity. Perfect for our little lady.
2. Don’t place a mobile over the crib, as it can be much too stimulating. Hanging it in another area of the room, like over the change table, is a great alternative. Some of my favorite mobiles are the cloud mobile from Baby Jives or these hand painted wood mobiles from Coral and Cloud.
3. The crib is ONLY for sleep. So, house all those cute little teddy bears and toys on a wall shelf or wire storage basket in another part of the room.
4. Use black out drapes to keep the room completely dark when it’s time for sleep. Even use velcro strips to close the curtains to the wall to prevent light from leaking in. I found a fabulous pair of cotton pannels from Pottery Barn Kids.
5. The change table should allow easy access to diapers, wipes, creams and anything else you will need. Don’t put these items in drawers, have them easily available on a rolling caddy or a storage shelf within arms reach.
Desiree also mentioned that the ideal temperature for the nursery should be between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius. Warm enough that your baby will be able to sleep in clothing but doesn’t need a blanket. As for keeping the nursery clean, she recommended having small hand towel sized cloths for daily change table covers. That way they can be washed on a daily basis and your change table cover can be washed weekly. Nature Clean was her recommended brand for surface disinfecting and 7th Generation and Method was shared as her top choices for gentle and eco-friendly laundry detergent.
Once I had a good grasp on all of the important aspect of the nursery, the fun part was to create a mood board that could translate the vision I have been planning in my head. I want to create a soothing and calm environment using a variety of fabrics and textures to create interest in the space. Here are a few of the other elements I have collected to make the nursery our own:
I am really looking forward to completing the space and sharing the photos with you here on the blog! For more nursery inspiration take a look at my Pin Board here! It offers tons of gender neutral and calming spaces that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!
As always, I’d love to hear how your nursery planning is coming along! Any favorite color palettes or nursery must-haves that you want to share? Leave me a comment below!