Having a baby in the New Year?

Here’s how to decorate a chic nursery – whether you’re splurging, spending or saving. We’ve got some great advice to take the stress away from planning what you need to buy for your new baby. 

With products that are easy on the eye, plus late night feeds, practical ideas and touches of sentiment all in mind, we want to share Tell Me Baby’s top tips on how to decorate a chic nursery room. Whether you’re splurging, spending reasonably or on a tight budget over Christmas and the New Year period, you can stress less and focus on what really matters. 

#1 Carefully curate the room for sleep suitability

To ease the difficulty of settling your new baby into the home, make sure the nursery can mimic night time at any given time. Choose dark curtains for an easier and soothing sleep for the baby. Grab some night lights too of course – so you don’t mistake a soft toy for your baby when it’s middle-of-the-night feeding time. 

One of the most, if not the most important item for babies is a suitable cot for them to sleep in. Think about the aesthetic of the room you are going for. The cot should be chosen carefully with this in mind as it will be one of the nursery’s core features.

Splurge: Stokke Sleepi Bed ($1,149), Leander Cot ($1,399)
Spend: Boori Perla Cot Bed ($799)
Save: IKEA Sundvik Cot ($259)

#2 If you’re apartment living, opt for a bassinet instead

For smaller nurseries in apartment living spaces, cots can often take up too much room so bassinets are a good option. The smaller size of a bassinet makes it more portable so it’s easier to transport if you’re planning to move to a larger house within the next few years. 
Splurge: Bednest Bassinet ($599)
Spend: BabyBjorn Cradle ($399.99)
Save: Disney Baby Starry Night Moses Basket ($139.95)

#3 Think about feeding time

Once your baby arrives you’ll quickly find feeding is much more of a process than simply hopping into the nursery. Many things need to be taken into account, especially if you’re feeding in the middle of the night. It’s best to remove clutter from the floor area (you don’t want to trip and fall on your way to feeding the baby). Adding some practical (and chic) storage units such as toy boxes, dressers and cabinets to the sides of the room can be valuable!
Splurge: Bebe Care Imperio 3 Drawer Chest ($1,199), Bebe Care Toy Box ($329) – if you’re keen on splurging on a toy box!
Spend: Love N Care Universal Chest ($599) 
Save: IKEA Sundvik Chest of Drawers ($249) – this one doubles as a changing table too!

#4 Don’t neglect a feeding chair

Another essential for late night and early morning feeds is a comfortable chair and is definitely an investment item. Designed to make your life easier when it comes to feeding these are worth every penny. 
Splurge: Valco Baby Zelda Glider ($1,179.98)
Spend: Bebe Care Regent Chair and Rocker ($799)
Save: IKEA Poang Lysed Armchair ($129), i.Life Bentwood Fabric Rocking Armchair w/ Foot Stool ($169)

#5 Be strategic and creative went it comes to changing time

If you’re lucky enough to have ample time before baby arrives to decorate your nursery, perhaps consider washable wallpaper. Trust me – you will be thanking yourself later when that first spray of pee happens to splash the walls. 

With that in mind, it’s also worth considering the other practical aspects of your nursery. A changing table can make all the difference when you’re spending lots of time in the nursery feeding, playing and changing. Splurge: Stokke Care ($1,079.99) 
Spend: Troll Sun Changing Table ($349.95)
Save: IKEA Gulliver Changing Table ($99)  

#6 Don’t forget the fun stuff! 

Consider the artwork you’re placing in there. It doesn’t have to be too baby-centric so explore your options and go for something that matches the aesthetic of your home. Think monochromes for a chic, modern aesthetic or colours if you still want to keep it endearingly childish. 

No matter how big or small your nursery is, whether you live in an apartment or a house, always make sure there is room for fun stuff. Think playmats, toys and soothing nightlights for bub, and handy diaper pails/caddies when you really need them. 

For baby: 
Skip Hop Doubleplay Reversible Playmat ($199)
Skip Hop Moonlight and Melodies Nightlight Soother ($79.95)

For mum:
b.Box Diaper Caddy ($48.95)
Ubbi Diaper Pail ($99)
Gro Company Gro Egg 2 ($59.95) – this handy little device tells the temperature of the room and also doubles as a nightlight
Oricom AD100 Aroma Diffuser and Nightlight ($79.95) – perfect to insert essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus to help soothe bub to sleep

To celebrate the top baby products of the year, Tell Me Baby is also giving away $1000 to parents who submit reviews on their favourite products, in conjunction with their Tell Me Baby 2020 Awards

About Alexie O’Brien

Alexie is a strategic executive with over two decades in senior operational and financial roles in both publicly traded and privately held, founder led businesses. With her passion for sustainability, tech and start-ups, Alexie O’Brien is a businesswoman passionate about growing dynamic businesses with unique organizational cultures. As the driving force behind lululemon athletica in Australia and New Zealand for seven years, Alexie was part of the team that grew the business from turning over a few million dollars a year to achieving annual sales of up to $100 million with over 600 staff.

About Tell Me Baby

Tell Me Baby is Australia’s number 1 trusted baby product review site. It currently has over 25,000 reviews, 3,400 products and 400 brands available to browse. There are over 150,000 pieces of multimedia, over 200 long form reviews and articles and focus on user generated content to build trust for parents seeking other parents’ help.

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