In my mind a proper babyâ€™s nursery looks just like the nursery in the Darlingâ€™s home. Wendy, John and Michael Darling have ample space to play. Peter Pan flies through French windows. Nana, the Darlingâ€™s newfoundland, slumbers on an area rug. Adorable wooden toys and books adorn the shelving.
As long as you have almost a thousand square feet to devote to housing all of the itemâ€™s on your babyâ€™s â€śmust haveâ€ť list you can have a nursery right out of the stage set for Peter Pan, too.
Chances are good your baby will be inheriting a spare bedroom or your office. I donâ€™t know about you but the spare room in my house is not a thousand square feet. How do you cram all that precious baby stuff into one room? To start with you have to decide what you actually need. For me that meant making some decisions about where my baby would be sleeping.
With my first pregnancy we bought a crib straight away. We designed an adorably beachy room complete with Aloha bedding and a matching lamp. I couldnâ€™t resist and we even had a tiny lounge chair in the Aloha pattern. Weeks before she was born I remember telling our friends and family â€śOf course we are ready! Her room is all finished!â€ť
I donâ€™t remember when I realized that she had never slept in her room. She slept in the bassinet in our bedroom. She slept in a pack and play in the living room. She eventually slept in our King sized bed. When we moved shortly after her second birthday and I disassembled her crib I realized I had decorated a room around the priciest laundry basket and stuffed animal holder one could purchase.
My second daughter is eight months old. There is a crib in our guest room. I couldnâ€™t bring myself to have a baby on the way and no crib even though I am an admitted co-sleeper now. But my guests do not sleep in a room that pays homage to baby animals or Minnie Mouse or the alphabet. In fact, if it were not for the crib in place of a dresser youâ€™d not even know you were staying in â€śthe babyâ€™s room.â€ť
This time in lieu of decorating a nursery I bought baby items that would gel with the rest of the house: a bassinet that matched my master bedroom bedding, a swing that jives with my living room decor and a bed safety rail that drops down to allow for making the bed. Instead of a glider for the nursery we found a nice rocking recliner for the living room. I knew better this time than to set myself up to be stranded in the babyâ€™s bedroom for the first few months in the only chair comfortable enough for nursing a baby.
Will you be decorating a baby nursery? Or will you wait until the baby is older to fork over your guest bedroom or your office? Do your sleeping arrangements play a part in making that decision?