The Nursery {Chapter 1}

>> Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How in the world am I almost 25 weeks pregnant! When I get back from the holidays I am going to crack down on this whole nesting thing. I have a list a mile long of things I would like to get done before we become a party of 3. If I shoot high, I'm sure to get at least half accomplished right? First up, clean the junk out of the future baby's room. For those who asked yesterday, here is a quick sketch I have showing how the one room works as two, plus some preliminary ideas for how I will layout the furniture in the baby's room.

And because I need to see everything 3-dimensional before I can commit,
I went ahead and built one of these.
So the room is windowless and pretty tiny, but I know city babies who sleep in walk in closets, so I'm not too concerned about that. We are attempting to cover the ugly plumbing pipe with custom bookshelves, and you've seen how we are separating one room from the other with curtain panels. The big goal with that is to give the humongous baby stroller a hiding spot when it's not in use.

As far as finishes go, I do not really have a direction yet.
Although I am pretty smitten with these Paper Boy wallpapers.
But these seem to be a little more for big boys, so I've been looking at other wall graphics.
Then there is always old faithful.
If I were having a girl, I would totally be DIYing this Dwell pattern out of contact paper,
minus some of the details.
 decisions, decisions.

On a sad note, my glider came last week. Wrong color! Bad Target, bad Hiatt Furniture. Not good for a future mama who is trying to check things off her list. I sent it back and am considering canceling the order all together and getting the Rena Chair by Best at a local store. That way I can custom order the fabric.

Lastly, can someone give me the 411 on crib bumpers? Aesthetically, I want one, but I have read enough about them to make me terrified of them. BUT everyone seems to have one. What's the deal?


LindsB December 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

I'm in love already and I havent even met the little man yet!

Courtney December 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

I highly recommend the chair from Best. Their furniture is great and made in the USA. I've used the swivel rockers for clients and they are so comfy!

abode love December 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

I am LOVING the wallpaper that has bunnies, dogs, cats and turtles... so precious! Thanks for sharing! I cannot WAIT to see this nursery complete!

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss December 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

I have bumper pads and love them. Mine are boxed shape--- so are firm and hold their shape. I took them out for about a day when Collins started rolling--- I was scared of him pushing his face up against it. But then I realized that he was getting his arms and legs stuck in between the spindles- so I put them back in. I would recommend having them...

Love the wallpaper idea. I'm already planning Collins' next room for when we move to Meridian!

Brooke December 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

I didn't have a bumper for a while. One night Ann Claire woke up screaming and when I went in her room her leg was sticking out the side of the crib and she was stuck. So we have a bumper.

Kate {domestikatedlife} December 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

The wallpaper is SUCH a cute idea! It reminds me of the dog wallpaper in the Regal Beagle in Brookline :)

Also I had no idea that I should be scared of bumpers, are they a safety hazzard??

Punctuation Mark December 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

that is definitely a whole project to undertake after the holidays... i love all your wallcoverings!

Danielle Oakey Interiors December 15, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

i love the wallpaper.

in canada, where i grew up, bumper pads are strongly discouraged.

here is a canadian article about them:

i never used bumper pads but i am not totally convinced that they are a hazard.

can't wait to see what you do :)

Annelise December 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

cute! I am excited to see how you put it together.

you can get mesh bumper pads, no? that way the baby can't really stick a limb through the slats, but it is also breathable.

Stephanie December 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

After some googling I read about the bumper pad. I wonder, why don't they make cribs with 4 solid sides instead of the open slants. Wouldn't that solve everyone's problem? Also I hear babies like to be swaddled. It seems like that would prevent any problem, no?

LOVE your wallpaper choices, especially the bunnies & cats one!

Lauren December 15, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

I can't wait to see the finished look! You always amaze me with your FAB style...I know it will look chic...WONDERFUL!

Susan Woods December 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

With my first I went without a bumper, until he got his limbs stuck in the slats. Bought a bumper. Five years later with number two, we went with a mesh breathable bumper, but I didn't care for how it looked. With number three, I weaved the mesh one in and out of the slats and I like the look better, she doesn't get caught and I don't worry about her safety...

Genevieve December 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

I kept the bumper in until my 2 started moving around- then took them out. They only succumb to swadling for about 12 weeks, if you are lucky, so once they want those arms out, they start moving. I never had an issue with my 2 getting stuck in slats. Oh, and no drop-side cribs anymore- banned in the US as of today!

Debbi December 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

So cute! You're so clever. :)
They have breathable bumpers which are mesh so the kid can't suffocate on them. I recommend them since my kid got her leg stuck between the slats a few times. Here's the kind we have:

Which stroller did you end up with?

The Abercrombies December 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

We love Jack's bumper - and now that he moves everywhere - it keeps him from bumping his head. Can't wait to see the nursery :)

Sarah :) December 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

LOVE the zoo animals and busses. Can't wait to see the finished room!!!

Bumpers are suppose to increase the chances of SIDS. I think its definitely a choice you and B have to be comfortable with. We don't use one, but E has has many SIDS babies in the ER so we don't take any chances. We do have a breathable bumper but I haven't used it yet.

Stephanie Sabbe December 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

this bumper feedback is awesome! I need to ask for baby advice more often!

Full House December 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

Sorry to hear you had to send your glider back. Glad you are getting one b/c If I have one bit of advice on preparing for baby and getting that baby would be to not skimp on a glider. Even though it was hard to fork out the money I now am so happy that most of my nursery fund went into get a comfortable, good looking glider. Seriously it has paid me back with all of the play time it has received.

I have always loved having bumpers even though they are shunned by some.

Can't wait to see your nursery..that best rooms to design.

Anonymous,  December 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

The crib bumper is fine to have in the beginning. We found that when our daughter was able to roll over around two months old that is was not very safe anymore. We switched it out for the breathable, mesh bumper pad which is very safe and also keeps their arms and legs in the crib.

Saara @ GEORGE Interior Design December 15, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

HIGHLY recommend the mesh Breathable bumper!!! I didnt want a bumper bec of the scary things said about them, not only do they attempt to climb sometimes but they need air flow (you dont want co2 build up or something). I love how cute bumpers look, but when I was a new momma and terrified of everything, I skipped them and got the breathable version once she started getting her limbs stuck without one. I HIGHLY HIGHLY reccommend it!

kthappy76 December 15, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

Love the decor ideas, we are also dealing with a small nursery, so I'll be interested to see what you do.
Not to scare you, but as a newly pregnant woman I am also considering whether a bumper is safe or not. I just read this in our weekend paper and think I'm taking a pass, it's just not worth the risk esp. when they are too young to move away on their own.

There are breathable bumpers if you are concerned about limbs getting stuck, as air circulation is key element to preventing SIDS. Best of luck!

Malinda and Del December 15, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

Bumpers have been shown to increase the risk of SIDS. We are going to start off without one and then if baby J starts having problems getting stuck between the slats, we will invest in a mesh one. I was really torn initially because they are so cute but I decided it wasn't worth it to me. Another issues is that as babies get older, they can also use the bumper as a leg up into climbing out of the crib which can be another safety issue.

LOVE the wallpaper idea! We bought a wall decal off of etsy to help dress up our nursery.

Kariane December 16, 2010 at 3:26 AM  

So here's one more comment about the mesh bumper(loved mine!), like you need one at this point.... But one thing that no one mentioned is that after your little lovely learns to pull up, they can use the bumper as a step to move themselves up at eventually out, of the crib... So overall: bumpers are good, just pay attention (like any normal person like yourself would) and take it off when you need to...
A postive spin for no windows n your nursery: no how-am-I-going-to-keep-the-light-out-at-nap/night-time dilemma. :). Good luck on your list!

Indian Sarees December 16, 2010 at 6:51 AM  

Awesome post...nice interiors for kids...

carlee {deliciously organized} December 16, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

I think I'm more excited about this nursery than you are! I CAN'T wait to see what you do! I know it's going to look perfect. Baby Sabbe is going to be living in style.

tatum December 16, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

where can i get the b&w alphabet wallpaper? i want for my baby's nursery! love how it's gender neutral.

Lili December 17, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

BAD Target!!! I got our rocker on clearence at Babies R Us and half of what it retails at.

As for a bumper, I don't have one, but they do make ones that are good for air flow. I know there are people that have them and their babies are fine, but like Sarah, The Hub has had too many SIDs deaths to take the chance.

Jenny December 18, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

I love all of these! New to your blog and think I'll follow along! Congrats on your pregnancy!!

Trish December 20, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

I'm so excited to see your nursery come together. Did you see the one Emily Clark posted today:! I like this one because the graphic difference between the dark crib and white sheets and cool bed skirt means "no bumper" is still a cute look.

My a mom of 7 year old boy-girl twins.....
- make sure you have a tiny side table next to the glider for bottles, a glass of water, burp cloths, a little battery powered clock, etc.
- think about a wall-mounted lamp instead of a floor lamp. Ambient light - yes! Baby pulling lamp down - no! Happened to me....
- kids grow up so fast, if you are going to commit to wallpaper vs. paint....make sure the print can grow with daughter has a gorgeous black and white paisley wallpaper in her room - great for when she was four and she still loves it at 7!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz December 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM  

I read all the scary bumper stuff too when I was planning our nursery. Ultimately I decided I wanted bumpers (love the way they look) and just compromised and decided I'd pull them off when he starts to get really mobile. He's 10 weeks today and still overnighting in our room so it hasn't been much of an issue.

Lindsay January 2, 2011 at 1:11 AM  

hi, i'm a new reader and i love your blog!
i just had to comment on the bumper issue. i loved my bumper and couldn't understand what the big deal was. one night i checked on my 2 month old daughter and she had scooted herself right into the bumper and had her mouth and nose smashed against it. i took it off immediately and got a breathable bumper. it's not the most attractive, but it keeps her limbs out of the slats, lets the air flow through and makes the crib still feel cozy. and i slept better at night without the worry. i highly recommend it!

Kelly January 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM  

I'm an interior designer too, so aesthetically, I really wanted to use bumpers for our crib. But my husband (being a lawyer who specializes in infant death cases) was absolutely opposed. So as a compromise, I ended up using throw pillows to style the crib when my son (now 7 months) is not in it -- and I remove them when I put him down to sleep. I think its a win, win -- aesthetically pleasing to me, and peace of mind!

Occasionally we get arm or foot through the crib slat. But, we just go check on him, put him back in the middle of the crib and let him go back to sleep. Good luck!

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