So, I love pretty nursery photos as much as anyone. But I’m also aware that a nursery is intended to be a comfortable and safe place for baby to grow.
It has to be useful, people.
So, while I was taking photos of Henry’s crib and skirt for yesterday’s post, I thought I’d take some photos of the nursery as it is after (nearly) 8 months and share how it’s evolved and how it works for us.
And believe it or not, it looks almost the same as when I first shared it over the summer. Which is impressive since I’m a chronic furniture-mover. And I promise you, I didn’t prep these photos or do a major clean-up. I even left the toys on the ground in the interest of real-life. Henry LOVES his John Deere tractors (from grandma and grandpa, who both retired from John Deere).
What he does love? That Onion Grove Mercantile sign. Obsessed with it. Just stares it down all the time when he’s in bed. I think it’s the contrast. I know I talk about that sign all the time, but it’s seriously one of my favorite things.
And something mom and dad couldn’t live without? The video monitor. You can see the camera hooked to the side of the hutch. It’s one bad motha. I know that many think it’s a luxury and it is. But, it’s so nice to know what the little stinkpot is doing when he should be sleeping. Because 95 percent of the time, he doesn’t need us at all when he’s making noises and the monitor confirms that.
I added a couple more world globes on top of the hutch (one found for $5 on Craigslist and one on clearance for $7 from Target). It’s the start of a little collection. His blankets and burp clothes are all stored in the monogrammed bag in the hutch to ensure easy access. For us, these are used all.the.time.
There are a few more books and toys in the cubbies, too. Most of those toys are still a little too “advanced” for Henry at this point.
The bed is one of the best decisions we made for the nursery. We use the heck out of the bed and have since he was teeny tiny and one of us was sleeping in the room overnight to handle late-night feedings while the other one slept. Now, we still use it to lounge and play and change clothes and … lots of other things, too. The fact that it was faux upholstered is already coming in handy, since we have a daredevil on our hands. I think the avoidance of sharp corners will be good.
As for the bookshelf, it works really well for us and is also a great space-saver. And it holds a TON of books. With that said, we really only read a few books at this point. Henry has his preferences.
Also, the curtains are awesome. Making them blackout was a good decision and I would highly recommend lining curtains for a nursery. It stays dark as night in there all day. Very helpful for my nap-hater. (And I just always leave the blinds raised, for all of you who were worried about the cords. They are safely tucked away.)
What do you think? Any changes you expected? Anything that surprises you?
(Also, check out the full massive behemoth of a post with all sources and DIY project links for additional information.)