Thursday 01.31.13

A NEAT Nursery

What is one really supposed to expect when you're expecting?? Good question, right?

Welcoming a newborn into your home is something you will never fully be ready for. However, there are certain things new parents can and should be doing to be as prepared as possible for the arrival of their new bundle of joy.

Our Ashley is a new, Rockstar Mom with the most organized nursery on the block (go figure!). We thought we'd take a peek into Bennett's nursery to give you all the scoop on how to make your very own NEAT nursery! 

vintage baby card

1. Making sure the layout of the room works plays a key factor in what furniture will be best to hold all of the necessary essentials.

Ashley knew that she wanted to go with a vintage sports theme and worked with the girls of Sprout San Francisco to find the most kid friendly products out there. Almost everything from the paint on the walls, to the changing pad cover were made from natural, organic materials. 

diy baby nursery

2. With little babies come lots of little things! Having enough containers for everything is important. Measure the dimensions inside each drawer before heading out to buy containers. That way you know exactly what's going to fit!

Bennett's diapers, wipes, binkies, and baby care essentials each had their own home with the use of this container

organizing for a baby

3. Categorizing each clothing item makes it really easy to find exactly what you want the little one to wear. This way you can actually see everything you have for them. Which will hopefully mean, they won't outgrow it before you can use it. 

These were Ashley's favorite containers for all of B's onsies and pants. She separated them by short sleeve, long sleeve and bottoms. As he gets a little older, she plans to use the actual drawers with dividers since his clothes will likely no longer fit in these. Don't worry, every good organizer can find another use for a container!

baby clothes

4. When in doubt, ask a friend. If you have a friend who already has a little one, don't hesitate to reach out for help. If you are the first of your friends, consider Ashley your "go to" for advice. Below, she shares the details of this All American (in the making) little boy's nursery...  

Paint color:: America's Cup White on the walls, and Foggy Coast Grey on the furniture and ceiling

Crib and changing table:: Newport Cottages custom furniture with a distressed finish

Glider:: Serena & Lily in Pewter Linen fabric

Linens:: Handmade by Frances from Sprout with custom organic fabric

And a few of the accessories:: baseball and bat shelf, laundry basket, pendant lamp, vintage clock radio and red wagon (flea market find), and a 1962 New York Yankees signed baseball (from his Jogi...Ashley's mom).

 

gray nursery

Hopefully these suggestions help to get you started in your NEAT Nursery. If you need any help, feel free to ask Ashley. Just a warning...trades these days require a couple hours of babysitting and a good bottle of wine!

xx

the NEAT girls (oh...and Baby Bennett)

cute baby

Comments

Ashley - Love the nursery!!  We have a Sprout a block from our house in Chicago - I love that store!  We are due with a baby boy at the end of April.  We did two bold teal walls, and two light gray walls, and are doing an elephant theme (its still coming together, but I have faith!).

Question about the clothing - we have a closet in the nursery and are trying to figure out how to utilize it best.  RIght now there is just one rack of hanging space.  What would you suggest we put there, compared to what would be best stored in our 6 drawer dresser?  Also, what about clothing that is for when he is older?  We have already gotten some gifts that are size 12-18 months.  We also have 4 large shelves in the closet which I am hoping to find bins for to store toys, blankets, etc.

Thanks!

Hi Kristi-

Thank you. Congratulations to you! That's so exciting. Your theme sounds adorable!

With the hanging space, I would put any button down shirts, jackets, cardigan type sweaters, etc. I actually hung his sleep sacks/swaddles because they are next to impossible to fold nicely in a drawer. If you have extra storage in your place, I would buy some large clear storage bins for the clothes that he will eventually grow into. You could even use the shelves you are talking about for this. These same bins can be used for all of the clothes that he outgrows. 

I would love to share more ideas and it may be easier for us to just chat. Send me an email at ashley(at)neatmethod(dot)com. 

Look forward to talking to you!

Ashley

 

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