Nursery Big Basics
As promised in my last post on how to design a nursery, I've created two shopping lists you can use while designing and building your nursery. The first list is the basics shopping list and includes the bigger, more basic items you'll need (mostly furniture). The second list (which I plan to post this weekend or on Monday, so check back then) includes my recommendations for smaller essentials as well as extras that'll make your nursery work like a well-oiled machine and look good in the process.
I'm a big fan of simple, classic styles that can be used for either gender. For Noam, I chose the Alex Crib from Giggle in white. It was important to me that it was built with integrity (no questionable materials or dangerous paints) and was convertible (this crib will last him for years since it can convert into a toddler bed). Some other options that are simple, clean and classic are: Giggle Harper Crib, Oeuf Sparrow Crib, Babyletto Hudson Crib, Room & Board Nest Crib, Pottery Barn Kids Tatum Crib, RH Baby & Child Haven Panel Crib.
When deciding on a changing table, it was important to me that the furniture last for several years (baby furniture is expensive!). So I decided on a dresser with changing table topper so that we could decide later whether we wanted to use the piece as a dresser exclusively in the future or continue using it as a changing table. I went with the matching Alex Dresser from Giggle and bought the Changing Tray to use it as a changing table. I love that the pieces match each other but could work well separately. Some other options that I liked (that match the above crib options) are: Giggle Harper Dresser, Babyletto Hudson Changer Dresser, Room & Board Sherwood Dresser (with Moda Changing Tray), Pottery Barn Kids Tatum Dresser & Topper, RH Baby & Child Haven Dresser (with topper).
Now you could use just a simple trash can, but trust me when I say a diaper pail will change your life (7 words I never thought I'd type). I went with the Ubbi Pail and love it primarily because 1. it works - it's steel, so it doesn't absorb odors like plastic pails do which means no smelly nursery 2. it looks nice and 3. you can use any bag with it (unlike many that require a specific and rather expensive bag). Other good options are: Bubula, Diaper Dekor Plus, VIPP.
For Noam's nursery, I wanted a glider (the place I spend most of my time nursing and rocking Noam) that would work in a nursery but be able to be used in another room in the future. Enter West Elm: not the first place I thought about for nursery furniture, but their Graham Glider is perfect (I also picked up the Graham Glider Ottoman, which has saved me during those hours spent sitting in this glider). Some other great options for rocking chairs or gliders are: Land of Nod Milo Glider and Ottoman, Pottery Barn Kids Modern Wingback Rocker and Ottoman, Room & Board Shay Glider and Ottoman.
Since I knew I'd be spending a lot of time in my glider nursing Noam and rocking him (and accidentally me) to sleep, I wanted to create a station of sorts that'd include everything I need while I'm pretty much immobile. To do this, I started with a side table. I ended up going with the Threshold Carson End Table from Target because it matched my other furniture pretty well, had multiple shelves and wouldn't take up too much space. Other side tables I liked include: West Elm Terrace Side Table, West Elm Nook Side Table, Pottery Barn Kids Emerson Nightstand, RH Baby & Child Harrison Nightstand, RH Baby & Child Ava Nightstand.