An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Designing A Nursery

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Designing A Nursery

Now that we know this baby in my belly is another boy, I can get cranking designing the nursery! I feel SO on top of things. At over 20 weeks pregnant, I have the crib and sheets ordered. I didn't even think about this stuff until I was nearly in my third trimester with Henry - and then everything didn't get here until Lil' H was well over two months old. Oopies.

But I'm on it this time! Here's the plan:


Since my boys will be so close in age, we're going to move them into the largest spare bedroom (currently the guest room) and have it be a double nursery. Little Otto will be sleeping in a bassinet in our master for the first few exhausting months of his life for easy boob access, so that won't disturb Henry's sleep - just mine. Boo! Meh, that's motherhood.

Anyway, Henry had a jungle theme in his nursery, with blue and green accent colors. Wouldn't you know, we recently had the guest room painted blue. Perfect for the two boys! So I ordered an identical crib for Otto. The two boys will have matching cribs and we also have the changing table that completes the set. The brushed pewter will look great against the blue walls!

Brushed pewter crib from Bratt Decor
The crib both the boys will have from Bratt Decor
After getting that ordered, I crossed my fingers and headed over to Pottery Barn Kids to see about getting Otto sheets that match Henry's. I'm OCD, and it would drive me nuts to have matching cribs with different sheets. It was my lucky day, because they still carried the two styles we have for Lil' H! YASSSSSSS.

I ordered Otto both the Jungle Friends sheet:

Pottery Barn Kids crib bedding
Jungle Friends bedding from Pottery Barn Kids

And the Peter Rabbit sheet:

Pottery Barn Kids crib bedding
Peter Rabbit bedding from Pottery Barn Kids
FYI to any first time moms reading this, DO NOT buy the whole bedding set. We made this mistake, and ended up fighting with Pottery Barn Kids about returning most of it (we won in the end). See, there should be nothing in the crib beyond the fitted sheet. No blankets (baby sleeps in a sleep sack) and no bumpers (cute as they are, they suffocate babies. It's even illegal in Chicago to sell crib bumpers now!) So if you're in the process of designing your own nursery, just get the fitted sheet and the crib skirt. Save your money on the rest, because you won't ever use it!

I didn't order Otto a crib skirt because Henry's crib is lowered all the way down now, so that there isn't room for it. I'll use his on Otto's crib until we eventually have to lower his bed, too. Here's what it will look like when done (these photos are from our rental we no longer live in, and were from this post detailing Henry's nursery):

Jungle themed baby boy nursery

We have a jungle themed swing, an overstuffed gliding rocking chair and jungle wall art ready to be moved into the new shared room:

Jungle themed baby boy nursery

It's so nice to have the majority of the things we already need, and the other essential items were just a click away on my laptop! Makes designing our shared nursery so much easier. Now I get to sit back and wait for things to arrive while I get some of my other "baby two to-do's" checked off my list.


13 comments:

  1. Good to know about what to buy. My mother I think used that extra fabric and made like curtains for my sisters kids.....of course she did because I think my sister ran into the same problem. I love your nursery and that crib. The crib is perfect, so many white traditional ones I like the brushed pewter look especially for little boys. I cracked up with the Peter Rabbit, my brother is currently in PR bedtime hell every night with his little one, I think Bryan actually hums that show to sleep now ;-)

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  2. What a sweet nursery theme. Those pewter cribs are going to look SO good in the blue room.
    I'm so excited that the boys are sharing a room. That's going to be so much fun as they get more interactive. Can you imagine the mischief?!

    Once my youngest niece was born, my oldest niece moved into her brother's room (not officially, but that's where she chooses to sleep now). It has been so much fun to watch them get into all kinds of things.

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  3. Wow, I really love the theme with the calming colors. Good for you for putting up that friendly fight with PB! When it comes to our kids, they should understand & 'let it go!' Looking forward to blog meeting Otto! Love, Lisa

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  4. What a cute nursery. My friend picked the same theme, so adorable. Love the crib.

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  5. Oh how cute! I love those Jungle Friends sheets. Your new nursery will be adorable! - Trish

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  6. oooh that crib is fabulous! love that the cribs and bedding will match, that's crazy about the full bedding set though! i had no idea!

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  7. Awww I love the theme. I'm expecting my first grandbaby next month and we are setting up her room now. We are doing a couple of DIY's with the dresser and corner stand as well.Thanks for sharing...

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  8. I really love the crib and honestly so smart to have them in the same room - well at least after the little one is ready to join his brother!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  9. Love it!! How close in age will they be? I love that states are making bumpers illegal to purchase! They are cute but not worth the lives they take.

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  10. I love the crib! You and I think a like, I didn't register for any bedding but sheets, crib skirt, and the pad to put under the sheet. I had no idea bumpers were illegal in Chicago though. I love Peter Rabbit, so sweet :)

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  11. I am obsessed with that crib! Your new nursery is going to be so stinkin' cute. That's a smart tip about buying the bedding individually. I'll have to keep that in mind for the future!

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  12. SOOO DANG CUTE!!! I love that crib. It is perfect. And I love the theme. Animals are always so dang cute and the nursery is already coming along SO well!! :)
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  13. Having another little man will also save in the clothing department, too.

    I love the sheet sets, especially Peter Rabbit. I still have some plates and bowls, along with all of the books from when I was a kid. :) if I had a babes, I'd do the jungle theme too. I just love animals so incorporating them into the mix would only make sense.

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