When I first shared Amalia’s nursery last summer, I was pregnant and had no clue… about anything. I knew I needed a crib and I knew I liked pink and white but that was about it. I had hydrangeas in a glass vase on her shelves! LOL to that now. I thought it would be fun to share the small changes we’ve made now that we’ve had a baby living in the room for a year and know what’s up.
I think my favorite/the most accurate image in this entire post is the one just below with Amalia’s handprint on the mirror. She had had peanut butter toast for breakfast and she made her mark when I was putting her hair in a ponytail that morning. I was about to wipe it up when we took the shot, but it looks so cute and pretty much sums up living with a toddler. Peanut butter handprints everywhere!
Here are some of the changes we made to make Amalia’s nursery more livable.
Moved the crib: We originally had the crib on the wall with the wallpaper which I loved. The white crib popped against the color and the painting of Boots looked over her while she slept. It was perfect… until we realized that when Anel would shower at night, it woke her up every time. On the other side of that wallpapered wall is his bathroom so we decided to do the old switcheroo and essentially flip flop the room.
As soon as we made the switch, she stopped waking up during his shower and we’ve been good on that front ever since. And I actually like the crib under the monogram which I made sure we quadruple secured into the wall because I was so scared it would randomly fall on her head in the middle of the night.
Blackout shades and drapes: I loved the look of the breezy, more translucent white drapes. They made the room feel bright and airy and also made the small room feel bigger. But we learned that Amalia would wake up super early with the sun and after a weekend at my dad’s house (where they have serious blackout shades) when Amalia slept in until 9am, I immediately ordered both blackout drapes with pink piping and these velcro blackout shades underneath.
Blackout shades are a game changer for babies sleeping in. Trust. The website for the shades looks a little weird but I swear they are the best. My friend Amanda found them and we both love them. It makes the room pitch black! I got white on white so they don’t look too terrible. Note that you don’t need blackout drapers in addition to the shades but we installed the drapes first so just left them up.
Put up more bookshelves: When we switched around the room, there was a wall that looked really empty and unfinished. Because of Amalia’s deep rooted love for books, we put up these clear bookshelves (I found a way more affordable version here)
Monitor mounting: We use a Nest Camera and an Infant Optics monitor and used to have them on the edge of the crib, but as soon as Amalia figured out how to stand up on her own, she would pull them down and play with them so we had to figure out how to mount them. My husband found these monitor shelves on Amazon for $14 and while they don’t look perfect, they do the trick.
You can see them in the corner of the clear bookshelves.
PS I get asked about our monitors all the time. We love the Infant Optics because the video is so good and you can move it around remotely. But we also like the Nest because we can check on her if we’re out and she’s with a sitter. It just helps with peace of mind although it’s probably overkill.
So those are the main changes we made to the room besides adding some cute touches like the commissioned animal prints and the bow ribbon. This is still my favorite room in our whole house! People always ask me when they come over if I cleaned it up for them but I just put everything away every morning and night in hopes that Amalia will appreciate a clean bedroom (Probably very naive, I know).
Because she plays mostly in her playroom, we use this room just for sleeping, diaper changing, reading books, and about 20 minutes of play before bed in which she pulls every single book off of the shelf while laughing hysterically…
Photos by Julia Dags.