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10 Tips for Setting Up a Nursery

  • Decide on a theme 1 of 10
    Decide on a theme
    Decide whether you’d like a boy/girl theme or something more gender-neutral, like this Skip Hop bedding – if you pick the latter, it's easier if/when you do decide to have another child.
  • When painting, safety comes first! 2 of 10
    When painting, safety comes first!
    Keep the colors calming and pleasant and don't forget to check for lead in all paints &mdash they should be water-based, low-odor and free from VOCs for the safety of you and your child. The Natura line from Benjamin Moore is a safe bet.
  • A firm mattress is a must! 3 of 10
    A firm mattress is a must!
    When shopping for a crib, make sure it meets the highest safety standards and be sure to buy a firm, quality mattress.
  • Pick the softest bedding 4 of 10
    Pick the softest bedding
    Baby bedding should be super soft – especially the sheets. Jersey cotton sheets, like these from Carter’s are a fabulous option, as they stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Invest in furniture that will grow with your child. 5 of 10
    Invest in furniture that will grow with your child.
    Instead of spending money on a standard change table, consider pieces like this 360° table. It can easily transform into regular household furniture when your baby grows out of diapers.
  • Organize your baby’s clothing in a dresser. 6 of 10
    Organize your baby's clothing in a dresser.
    All of those adorable baby outfits have to go somewhere and you'll run out of closet space quickly, so do yourself a favor and invest in a dresser! (And why not customize the knobs with baby photos while you’re at it?)
  • Gliders are a parents best friend. 7 of 10
    Gliders are a parents best friend.
    A comfortable, sturdy glider, like this one from Dutailier is a nursery must-have that will come in handy during midnight feedings and when you’re reading stories to your child.
  • Stay safe and cover those outlet plugs! 8 of 10
    Stay safe and cover those outlet plugs!
    Baby proofing is a good thing to take care of now as your little one will be crawling and climbing up on things before you know it. We recommend these eco-friendly outlet covers from Rhoost.
  • Add a little light with a night light. 9 of 10
    Add a little light with a night light.
    To save yourself from bumps and bruises, invest in a nightlight, like this rechargeable one from Bed Bath and Beyond.
  • Keep it simple. 10 of 10
    Keep it simple.
    Don't sweat the small stuff when decorating your nursery. Less is more and you can always add pieces of furniture, knicks-knacks and art such as this chic vintage piece later on as your child grows.
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