How to Create an Adorable and Safe Nursery

Hi Loves!  I hope everyone is having a great week! Carrie and I have started our journey into creating a cozy and safe nursery for her new addition. Our discussions over the past few weeks have been centered around bed bumpers, wall decals, organizational ideas and crib safety. The most important element to home decor especially when creating a nursery is safety. This week I am going to discuss how to create an adorable and safe nursery. We are going to go over important rules to ensure you are creating a safe environment but I will also incorporate great decor ideas to create an adorable space. Let’s get started.

Nursery Art

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When browsing for inspiration on Pinterest and other home decor sites, you always see cribs with beautiful art work hanging over the crib. Unfortunately the truth is that the American Board of Pediatrics recommends that you do not hang anything directly over the crib. We all want that “WOW” moment when you walk into your nursery and see your baby’s crib. Here are some alternative options:

1. Wall decals or wallpaper.

The best way to make a statement is to create a focal wall. Paint and wallpaper is great way to do this. I love the idea of doing a striped wall that includes your accent color to achieve a bold look. There are so many wall decals today that give you the illusion of wallpaper without the headache and damage of real wallpaper. Make sure to choose one wall as it can tend to look too busy if you do more than one wall.

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2. To the side.  

When we were planning my nephew Luke’s nursery, Alison really loved the idea of shelves, so we decided to put the shelves on either side of the crib out of the reach of our adventurous little man.

3. Call a professional.  

If you do decide to hang art over the crib, please make sure to call in professionals. The picture should be hung high enough so that it is out of the reach of your growing baby.  The material should be soft, preferably canvas.  You can also pull the crib out from the wall so if the art were to ever fall it would go behind the crib and not into it.

Doors and Windows

Doors.  It is important to install a baby gate or a device to prevent your toddler from opening the door and wandering out of the room. This is particularly important when you have a two story house. I also see a lot of extremity injuries in the Emergency Room from fingers getting stuck in the creases of the door. An easy way to prevent this is to install door guards.

Windows.  Curtains and draping can be a strangulation hazard for children. If possible I would avoid putting the crib anywhere near a window.  I would also try to find a window covering that doesn’t have long exposed cords. My favorite solution to this problem is roman shades. They are a chic and safe solution for keeping the sunlight out which is extremely important for sleep training. Roman shades are also a great way to reference your accent color and are affordable as well. To prevent accidents, ensure that all curtain hardware is either fixed directly to a wall stud or secured with the appropriate dry wall anchors.

Crib Safety

Newborns sleep on average of 16 hours per day, so it is imperative that their sleeping environment is safe.

1. The sides of the crib must be fixed. Drop-side cribs pose a serious threat to children as they collapse and can result in injury and even death.

2. It is best not to have knobs or posts on the corners of the crib as blankets could get caught and result in a strangulation risk.

3. There must be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches between the crib slates.

4. The American Board of Pediatrics recommends no bed bumpers, dolls, pillows, toys or sleep positioners  in the crib while the baby sleeps. These are all risks for suffocation or entrapment and should never be in the crib while your infant sleeps. It is recommended that the crib only has a fitted sheet and a one thin blanket. A lot of moms are uncomfortable with not having a bed bumper as they feel it can prevent bruising and injury to their babies, however, the strangulation risk is much more severe than a bruise. I love bed bumpers for their decor element, but the minute the baby goes into the crib, the bed bumper has to come out.

5. Make sure there is no more than two fingers of space between the side of the mattress and the crib frame as it to can cause entrapment and strangulation. It is very important that the mattress is firm and fits well in the crib.

Furniture and Organization



Crush injuries can be very serious and possibly fatal. Make sure that all the furniture is anchored to the ground or wall. As toddlers start to explore and become more independent they love to start climbing on furniture. It is important that you eliminate the possibility of the furniture piece falling onto them.

When picking organizational boxes for your nursery, try to find soft ones like the burlap ones we have in Luke’s nursery. If your child grabs and pulls them down, there is less of a chance of them getting injured.

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1. Arrows and stars decals 2. Gold heart decals. 2. Gray and white striped wall paper 3. Blue cherry, Blue arrows, Blue wave wallpaper 3. Heart canvas art 4. Monkey and dog art 5. Elephant and giraffe art.

I hope these tips and decor ideas help you in your journey to create an adorable and safe nursery. See you next Wednesday! Check out our Pinterest account to find more inspiration for your little one’s nursery.

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