Time for the big reveal… its our gender neutral nursery! All 3 of my babies – 2 girls, 1 boy – have used this nursery. We keep it as a perma-nursery and move the kids out when they’re ready for a “big kid” room – I love having one dedicated space in the house for the littlest member of our family and there are tons of sweet memories in this room. Because we never find out the sex of our babies, it’s important to have a space that works for boys or girls, so keeping it neutral was really important to me.
A couple notes on gender neutral nursery design…
- Try to choose things that aren’t overly trendy. This nursery has worked for us since 2012 and while there are some different choices I would make today, I’m happy I went with a fairly classic color scheme of grey, light blue, and yellow.
- A dimmable ceiling fan is a GREAT investment!
- A side table next to the glider is essential for nursing & pumping moms. It holds my glass of water in the middle of the night and held my pump for many weeks in a row!
- You can customize the nursery for each baby, even if the overall design stays the same – in ours, the initial letters and wall art changes a bit with each babe.
- Get a good glider or rocker but don’t spend too much. You want it to be comfy and last through all your kids, but spending a ton on something that will likely get poop, spit up and/or breastmilk on it just doesn’t make sense. I even have my cushion covered with a piece of scrap fabric to try to prevent major staining.
- I used plexiglass instead of normal framed glass in the prints above the crib. You can go to any home improvement store and choose a piece and have them cut it down to size. It made me feel a lot better about having something hanging over the crib!
- Skip crib bumpers and entire crib sets – all that belongs in a crib is a fitted sheet.
- The maps are actually pieces of wrapping paper that I framed. Cheapest wall art ever!
- Speaking of safety… the *most important* thing I did in this room (and every room in my house) is anchor the furniture to the walls. People will say things like, oh my dresser is solid wood so it would never tip, or, oh, that piece is plywood so it doesn’t need an anchor. It does. Everything needs an anchor. Hops off soapbox.
Here’s our gender neutral nursery:
bunting (similar, similar) // wall art (similar, similar, similar) // grey crib sheet // crib skirt fabric (similar) – I did this DIY no-sew project // crib (actual in different color) (similar) // crib mattress (c/o)
we <3 the Ollie Swaddle – it’s SUPER soft, it’s totally adjustable (good for my tiny peanut babies), works when you’re ready to transition out of the swaddle (just free up one arm at a time) and, most importantly, totally husband-proof! is my hubby the only one who cannot figure out how swaddles work?!
Wovenaire Crib Mattress (c/o) – I want one of these in king size! the core is literally made of air and has no foam, latex, springs, glue, or allergens and is 100% recyclable. it’s totally odor-free right out of the box (which is mailed to you for free, btw) and it’s cushy but firm, which is a safe sleeping recommendation. Emmy is our first baby to sleep in her room straight from birth and she LOVES her crib! here’s my code for $25 off your purchase of $300 or more: LOVELY25
birthstone art (c/o) – one of my very favorite pieces of art in our home. I have one for each of the kids and they make the best new baby gifts, birthday gifts, I’ve even gifted one as a wedding gift even though they’re birthstones 🙂
Emmy’s new lovie from Finn and Emma (c/o) – I love the rattle lovie because it’s organic so no gross stuff when she inevitably starts shoving it in her mouth // these Milestone cards (c/o) are adorable – kind of like a modern baby book to mark milestones with pics of babe // wire basket
book bin (similar)
sheepskin – an easy way to make any chair more cozy
Gender Neutral Nursery
I’m ob.sessed. with our new baby monitor from ComfortCam. Before this, we had an old-school monitor that was on it’s last leg. I’ve been wanting a wifi baby monitor that we could use from our phones forever and after doing some research, I landed on the ComfortCam monitor for a couple reasons:
- It’s secure – no weirdos can tap into your nursery livestream, which is kind of a big deal! Nothing goes to the cloud or a server, making it super secure.
- It was super easy to set up. You just plug it in, sync up the wifi, and get going. But… it doesn’t NEED wifi to run – if your wifi goes out in the middle of the night, it still works via a wireless connection.
- You can talk to baby through your phone, you can zoom in by pinching your fingers, the camera pans 350 degrees (for when baby turns into a toddler) and you can turn on the sound alerts to work even when your phone is “sleeping” ie you don’t have to have the app pulled up to hear what’s going on.
- Any smartphone can be a monitor – so I have mine, my husband’s, my mom’s and my mother-in-law’s all set up to view when they’re at our house.
- There’s an option to pay $9/month for the premium app, which allows you to view even when you’re not on the wifi network. So if you’re halfway around the world, you can still see your baby sleeping and sing them a lullaby. Technology is pretty cool.