What theme should I choose for my baby's nursery?
Real Mom Problem
“I was thinking of doing a monkey theme in my baby's nursery. But I'm thinking of exploring other ideas. What themes have you done or are planning to do?”
- 1. Moms have lots of unique theme ideas for nurseries, from super heroes to farm animals to cherry blossoms to butterflies
- 2. You can select a theme based on a favorite character or kids' movie
- 3. Some moms choose color-coordinated themes, such as blues and browns for a boy, or pink and zebra-stripe for a girl
- 4. Planning a nursery is a great opportunity to experiment with do-it-yourself decorations
Real Mom Solutions
Are you preparing a nursery for your new baby? Let the moms of CafeMom help you decide on a theme for your baby's room.
Try These Boy Themes
Ours was white furniture, light blue, dark blue and chocolate brown polka dots, and stripes. All played together wonderfully!
We did a colorful Disney and Toy Story inspired nursery. Lots of white furniture from IKEA, then colorful decorations and toys.
We did super heroes! Electric blues, lime greens, pops of red and yellow! Looks awesome and really unique!
Finding Nemo here! He's also going to have his own salt water tank in his room. His daddy is a salt water fish fanatic.
Our first son was baby farm animals and our second son is baby safari animals.
Try These Girl Themes
I did my first daughter's room in a lady bug theme. My mom and grandma made crib bumpers, wall hangings, and a quilt for her. I painted wall letters for her name and made curtains. I also collected ladybug things that I found. Same with my second daughter. We did a butterfly theme for her. She doesn't have a nursery but I've been collecting butterfly decorations for her and painted her wall letters. I also like the wooden bugs and flowers that you can hang on the wall, I have them around the letters. I'm thinking if I have another girl I would do dragonflies. They can be so cute but can also grow with the child and be more grown up. Good luck! Collecting everything is so much fun.
I did a cherry blossom theme. I painted the room a very light blue and had a decal that was a wall size big of a cherry blossom tree. She is in a cradle, and I just used a light pink sheet.
Our daughter's room is pink and zebra for the most part. Mostly pink with black accents.
Pink nursery rhyme, it has the cat and the fiddle, Humpty Dumpty, cow jumping the moon, etc. It was a gift from my mother-in-law and we love it!
I did black and white damask. I found my bedding at J.C. Penny. I did the walls lavender and she has a chandelier for her lighting. I also found letters that are about 18 or 20 inches at Hobby Lobby.
My best friend painted a beautiful tree wall mural with silk flowers mixed in with painted flowers. It turned out exceptional! I also made some do-it-yourself picture frames. My friend also painted a hand designed flower on the changing table, my mom sewed her quilt and made her bumper and my Grandma sewed a diaper changer for me. I'd say my daughter's room has been a labor of love. I got a lot of ideas off of Pinterest.
Try a Gender-Neutral Theme
We have owls. Zutano is the brand. They are funky and fun!
We are doing a black and white panda bear theme; a black and white damask pattern. It's been the only thing I have liked. I'm painting pandas and bamboo in a mural on her wall.
I'm thinking of doing monkeys. I don't really want a theme, because I do not want to change the theme every time he gets older.
Our daughter has an ocean theme because I have an octopus obsession. Our new baby, whatever it will be, is getting an arctic theme. The little penguins and polar bears are just too cute.
Our daughter's room is celestial-themed.
Our daughter's room was done in a jungle theme, and was neutral because we didn't find out the gender! This time around I'm thinking about doing Sesame Street or Dr. Seuss (I'm a sucker for the fun stuff)!
I didn't really have a theme with my daughter, but I really like Precious Moments. They fit both a boy and a girl, so I can gather stuff and not worry about it being too boy-ish or too girly.
It's all white furniture and beach themed. Very Pottery Barn. Look online or on their catalog, they have great ideas.
Try a Theme That Works for Both
I had Winnie the Pooh for my 10-month-old daughter but now with my son coming soon I changed to Noah's ark. I thought the idea of two of every critter with a boy and a girl was cute.
For a girl, we'll be doing flamingos, with dark pink, lime green, and peacock blue being the main colors. For a boy, we'll be doing no "theme" really, but lime green, peacock blue, orange, and maybe brown.
I did sailboats and light houses, a garden theme, and a ducky theme. The ducky theme stuck with the last two, and now the room is just plain for this baby.
We found some camo bedding on Target.com - green or pink - so we are going to do a camo theme.