Okay baby girl, your room is ready! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw my IGTV nursery reveal tour! It was two parts (because Instagram only let me upload 10 minute videos at a time) and I take you through our whole bedroom! You can catch part one here and part two here.
Unlike Luca, baby girl is not going to be in her own room. We decided to stay in our current two bedroom apartment and make it work for a family of three, by building a little “nursery nook” in our bedroom for the new baby. It was a tough decision and Lu wanted a three bedroom really badly, but the more we talked about it, the more apartments we saw, the more we realized that our place now is big enough for the FOUR of us. So, we’re staying put, which meant I had the task of fitting everything you need for a baby into our bedroom.
With the help of the Horderly organizing team (they’re literally angels), we were able to find a spot for all of baby girl’s things, from extra diapers to crib linens to onesies to burp cloths. It’s all in our bedroom and I have to say, we don’t feel cramped at all. In fact, I feel like our room looks bigger than before and lighter and airier (I think that’s the pretty blush color, probably!) We realized we had so much “stuff” jammed into the linen closet in our bedroom and we weren’t utilizing our large bathroom well enough, so when Horderly came, they were able to find a home for baby girl’s things and move our bathroom items around in a more organized, sensical way that’s better for everyday now.
As much as I wanted to resist pinks, I couldn’t keep away. It was like something was triggered inside me and I just gravitated towards blush tones. It’s ironic, because I don’t own much that’s pink, frilly, or traditionally “girly.” I wear mostly white, gray, and black. For whatever reason, every time I went online to look for nursery inspiration, I found myself clicking on pink things! The overall idea of this nursery was to make a soft, feminine, gentle, and plush nook for our baby girl. I wanted everything to be easily accessible, as in, I didn’t want to have to walk into Luca’s room to grab extra diapers, and I didn’t want to have to go searching his closet in the middle of the night for a thermometer, so I bought double of a lot of things and gave them a dedicated space in our bedroom.
Bedroom Before and After
Before we get to the nitty gritty with products and details, I want to share the basic before and after photos of our bedroom.
The main nursery nook
Essentially, we moved my dresser to where my vanity used to be (RIP vanity! it’s now in my office). Where my dresser was, we placed a glider, night stand, and bookshelf. Then, we replaced Lu’s dark wood dresser with a larger dresser with a changing table on top. The bookshelf with all the books went into our guest bathroom! It oddly works there, haha.
My new vanity area
Like I said, my dresser got moved to where my vanity was. Now, all of my ‘vanity items’ are on top of my dresser.
The crib area
Then, we moved two large white shelving units to the little hallway that leads to our bathroom to accommodate Lu’s clothes that were in said dark dresser. We put a crib where those shelving units used to be. And just a note, there will be a little wooden name hanging above the crib with baby girl’s name on it, but because we are keeping the name a secret from everyone (our family included!) we of course didn’t put it up for this shoot!
The new linen closet
The most exciting part for me was the linen closet, because I knew it was just an absolute waste of space the way we had it! I dreaded going in there, I always thought something was going to fall on my head. Horderly did an amazing job. They moved everything out of our linen closet and into our bathroom (while getting rid of/donating the things we weren’t using) and kept just our linens and towels. There’s so much extra space in there now, so it can definitely grow with the baby! What I love most is the organizer they put on the back of the door. I’m sure it’ll get filled up quickly!
The Nursery Details & Products
Alright, let’s get into it, shall we?
This is where I plan on nursing baby girl, reading her books, and soaking up all the newborn snuggles! I went with a glider this time (with Luca, I had a rocking chair) and I am so excited to use it. While Luca’s rocking chair was comfortable, it didn’t rock back and forth easily, so it was hard to rock the baby! Gliders are much better for that, and this one is even more comfortable and a tad wider.
Next to the glider, I have a nightstand with all of my essentials inside the drawer, like nursing grabbables (nipple cream, nursing necklaces, nipple pads, etc) and some other essentials like pacifiers, gripe water, the NoseFrida, a thermometer, hair ties and chapstick for me, and a few other items. On top of the nightstand, I have an alarm clock (for timing nursing sessions especially!), and a lamp with a low 25watt bulb!
Underneath the drawer are two bins – one has burp cloths and one has bibs. I’m praying this girl doesn’t have the spitup issues Luca had, but if she does, I’m prepared! And I learned from Luca that it’s crucial to have all of that right nearby.
Next to the glider chair is a large woven basket with snuggly blankets, swaddle blankets, and my nursing pillow. I’m going to test out the Nook Niche Nursing Pillow – it feels absolutely luxurious!
Above the glider is a letter board where we plan on writing sweet messages to baby girl and changing it monthly, like we do for Luca! It’s a fun little tradition we started.
Products: Glider // Lumbar Pillow // Nightstand // Lamp // Alarm clock // Faux succulent // Tissue box cover // White plastic woven bins // Nook Niche Nursing Pillow // Woven pouf // Round blush shag rug // Letterfolk board // Woven basket
I wanted the girl to have her own books and again, I didn’t want to have to run into Luca’s room every time I wanted to read her a book! While most of these books are hand me downs from Luca, I did buy a few new ones just for her. We have this same bookshelf in Luca’s room and it’s amazing, it holds so much, is beautifully made, and fits perfectly in small spaces. We adorned it with a few accents, like a small planter, a lamp, and some faux eucalyptus to give it a feminine, pretty touch. We kept our full length mirror, because we needed a place to see what we look like while getting dressed and also, Luca loved mirror play! I also love the faux shearling rug – it makes the space so much more inviting and soft.
And what’s in the big drawer at the bottom? All of my pumping parts and pieces! I’m so happy that that has a dedicated space, because before, it was just living under my bed in a box and it was frustrating. I love that I now have a space for all of this. I’m going to be using the Spectra 1, but I had a Spectra 2 at the time I took these photos.
My vanity is a work in progress! I actually didn’t have the jewelry hanger during this photoshoot that I have now, so that’s already changed! I’m sure I’ll keep adding to this area as I use it, but for now, it’s perfect. I don’t have a long makeup routine (maybe 3 minutes), so I don’t mind standing to do it!
The Changing Table and Dresser
Poor Lu, his dresser got replaced with baby girl’s dresser! I am obsessed with this 6-drawer dresser! Let me give you a mom tip: get a dresser with drawers that glide open (as opposed to little knobs that you have to pull open). It’s so much easier to do when one handed (and you’re pretty much always down one hand when you’re dealing with a baby!) You can literally open the dresser with your feet, if you need! Plus, in the middle of the night, it doesn’t make any noise, which is key. On top, we got a changing table tray where our Nook Changepad sits and even though the changing pad is 33″ long, it fits!
Right near the changing table, of course, is the diaper pail, and I’m using the same one we use with Luca, just in a pretty rose gold. And we went with a blush neutral wall hanging to add some color to the room, as well as a mobile above the changing table, which I really recommend – it helps keep the baby occupied and interested while you change their diaper.
One of the things that Horderly came in to do was to organize all of baby girl’s clothes. And they did such a great job – I even have a dedicated newborn section for all of her newborn clothes!
The crib area looks a little bare right now, because I don’t have the pretty wooden sign that will hang above her crib (with her name on it!) I love this mini crib, it’s so cute – I actually bought pink feet for the crib (they were originally a light wood) to add a pop of blush color and bring it altogether. I have a basic crib skirt and I’m using the Nook Organic Pebble Pure Mini Crib Mattress, which is so luxurious. You actually don’t need to put a crib sheet over it, BUT I wanted to add more color to the room, so I’m putting a cover on it! And for now, I’m just storing my Dock a Tot in the crib!
Hallway and Linen Closet
The tall white shelving cabinets got moved to the little hallway that leads into our bathroom and now these cabinets hold all of Lu’s clothes that were once in his dresser (which got replaced by the baby girl’s dresser.) On top, I have a lamp with a low wattage bulb and a noise machine, which I may move depending on how everything works out with sleep, middle of the night feedings, etc. I got the Hatch Baby Rest noise machine and I love it, I wish I had it when I had Luca!
And then our linen closet now holds all the baby girl’s extra wipes and diapers, extra items like gripe water, Frida baby essentials, shoes, etc, her and Luca’s towels, future baby clothes (Luca hand me downs), and our linens.
And that’s it!
That’s the nursery nook in our bedroom! I am so excited to welcome baby girl into this space, and I love waking up and seeing her little letter board sign. It’s a soft, loving space, and it’ll be extra snuggly and cozy having her in our room!
The only thing that’s currently not setup in our room is our bassinet. We’ll be using the Guava bassinet! We plan on setting that up in a couple of weeks, right around 38 weeks. I can’t believe that’s only a couple of weeks away!