Today I’m going to tell you the 5 key things you need for your baby boy’s nursery PLUS where to get them.
Trust me I deliberated hours over which brands to choose so I’ll take the guesswork out of it for you.
I’ve read all of the reviews and now own and use each one of these items.
Nothing was sponsored here… I’m just excited to reveal my son’s nursery and share our favorite things with you.
Everything came together so beautifully… it all started with the coastal nursery design board I put together for him.
Now let’s go through each one of these in detail.
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# 1 – A beautiful, yet comfortable glider that you could sleep in
I can’t stress the importance of this one enough! You will spend SO much time rocking in this glider. It needs to be super comfortable and feel like an extension of your living room.
Even if you plan to keep your baby in your room for a few months, you should set up the glider in there for those newborn nighttime feedings. Day in and day out we’ve spent countless hours rocking on it, and I’m still reading bedtime books to my 14-month-old daughter on hers.
Our glider was the most expensive item we splurged on for the nursery, and it was 100% worth it. We used this one from Pottery Barn Kids for our daughter and now again for our son. It comes in a ton of colors and patterns but all with soft fabrics and comfortable cushions.
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# 2 – A set of blackout curtains that will keep your baby sleeping longer
Blackout curtains are a must-have for all babies! Good ones completely keep the sun out and keep the room cool during those warm months. Every sleep-related book I’ve read recommends keeping the baby’s room dark during naps and overnight.
Because our kids will only be 16 months apart, we basically needed two of everything including these blackout curtains. I love the thickness, quality, and effectiveness of these blue striped blackout curtains from Pottery Barn Kids. We have ones from Bed Bath & Beyond in our master bedroom and they just don’t work as well.
In our daughter’s nursery, we used these velvet blackout curtains from West Elm. Either would be an excellent choice! I snagged both for a great deal during one of their sales.
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# 3 – A neutral crib that not only grows with your child but matches anything
As your babe grows, you want your crib to work for every stage. Our natural wood crib includes the toddler bed conversion kit allowing you to easily convert from crib to toddler bed then daybed. It also converts to a full-size bed after that. I’ve seen a lot of cribs sold at the same price that won’t even convert to a toddler bed, leaving you stuck on what to use next.
An added bonus of neutral colored furniture is that will match anything, so you’ll stay happy with it no matter how you choose to decorate. My daughter’s crib was white and it fits perfectly into the design of her second bedroom.
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# 4 – A changing table with a removable topper and tons of storage
Choose a changing table that can later be transitioned to just a dresser. We love this one because the topper is removable so it can be used for years in their next bedroom or even a guest room one day.
I’ve also seen a trend of open changing tables, but honestly, I love the closed storage for easy access to all of their diapers, wipes, swaddles, burp cloths, onesies, etc.
Dressers can be expensive but this one from Wayfair is at a great budget price point and still great quality.
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# 5 – A cozy rug that ties the room together
You’ll be doing a lot of laying and crawling around on the floor with your little one, so getting a large cozy rug is essential! If you have hardwood floors that’s a given, but I love the look of a rug even layered over plain carpet.
Make sure you get one large enough to reach under the legs of each piece of furniture… it will tie the whole room together. It doesn’t have to go all the way up to any walls, the length of mine just worked out that way.
Rugs are one of those things I’ll never spend a lot of money on because they get a lot of wear and tear and usually can’t ever be resold. This one from Rugs USA is an amazing value for the size and price. My daughter’s new room has an equally adorable, cozy rug with fringe on the ends.
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Don’t forget about all of the fun accent decor!
Picking out all of the unique, fun accent decor is my favorite part of designing a nursery. These are heirloom type items I can save for my son to look back on one day.
Personalized Round Wood Sign from HelloLoveHelloLife on Etsy
Neutral Pacifier on a Beaded Pacifier Clip from Ryan & Rose
Hanging Rope Shelves from Amazon
I picked similar items for both shelves that balanced each other out. Here’s a view of the shelf to the left of the window.
Mini Sole Moccasins from Freshly Picked
What’s more coastal than rattan? I absolutely fell in love with this mirror and it’s a statement piece. I had to hang it a little higher than I would have preferred so baby boy won’t rip it down one day!
Since the rest of his nursery is so neutral, I wanted to include pops of blue in varying shades. This fringe throw is light, comfortable and great quality. Perfect to lay over my lap during those late night feedings.
You can also see a closer view of our rattan side table… I love its whitewashed look.
It’s all in the little details! I smile every time I look at his crib.
We used the same star crib mobile for my daughter… it’s hanging on clear fishing wire from a small gold hook. It was super easy to install and very sturdy.
See that cute lidded seagrass basket? I strategically have it right next to the changing table to hide all of his dirty laundry.
My husband built the board and batten wall behind the crib. I think any type of wainscoting or woodworking adds so much character to a room.
Source: Lidded Seagrass Basket
Where will you start first? Time to start decorating!
I’d love to hear about your baby boy nursery plans and answer any questions you may have. It may seem overwhelming but remember this is supposed to be FUN!
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What color are the walls?! They’re gorgeous!
What color are the walls