Early Nursery Ideas

Thank you for all the kind words and well wishes! I don’t know why, but I was nervous about announcing my pregnancy. Excited, but nervous. I think announcing it on the blog was the closest thing I could experience to telling one’s employer – not that it’s the same, but still…

Anyway, no I have not planned the nursery yet. Now that I’m feeling better though and the little blob is here to stay, you can bet I’m gathering ideas! The design I did for the first installment of Making it Yours (Sophisticated Nursery) is gorgeous, but it’s not the style I’m going for in my own house. Although I do love the crib that I used.

We do have a dresser for the room, but it currently looks like this…

Dresser, Waiting to be Finished

Yikes. Brandon primed the main part of it, but the priming needs to be finished and then the actual painting. At this point I’m thinking white, but I might hold off because I think it would look pretty great in a glossy bright color.

I started looking at changing tables too. I had something in mind, and I found exactly what I was thinking of at Land of Nod and Target. I’m a little confused though, because they have the same name (Jenny Lind) and look nearly identical, but they have very different prices. So which one?

Actually, I think the changing table would be really cute in a bright color too. I like the small size and the open look, since the nursery (currently our guest room) is so small and oddly shaped. It will take the place of the black table that’s in there now.

The Guest Room

This is fun! A whole new room to work on…

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    Making it Lovely
    October 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I know – what a debate, huh? I’m still leaning toward getting one. A lot of people are saying you don’t need a changing table if you have a low dresser, but I don’t have a low dresser! I suppose the crib or the floor would work, but I know I used the changing table a lot when I used to babysit my nephews a few days / week.

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    October 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I would say definitely go for the Target one, cause more likely than not they could be the exact same changing table purchased wholesale by both Target and Land of Nod.

    I had a similar experience recently when I bought boots from Anthro with a gift card, only to find them posted on Hula Seventy’s blog at Solestruck ( under a completely different brand name!

    My friend opened my eyes to this awhile back as she often shops at a small boutique that carries a ton of clothes sold at Urban but with totally different tags sewn on and for about half the price!

    Here’s the link to my boots on Anthro, put it at the end since their links are obscenely long!

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    October 10, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    You can often find those Jenny Lind style changing table in second hand stores, made of solid wood. Otherwise I say “Target”. Now that you are entering a whole, new, crazy world you will find that lots of places carry lots of similar things at very different prices. Happy hunting!

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    October 10, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Go for a changing table! Especially if you get a good deal on it. It can be removed from the room when it has severed all it’s purposes!

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    October 11, 2008 at 7:16 am

    This article made me so excited to one day have a baby! I think you will enjoy it too. It is from Print Magazine, about modern baby supplies and expressing yourself as a parent without giving up your personal style. Enjoy:)

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    October 11, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I made a changing table out of a low bookshelf, but I definitely needed something to change my baby on. I ended up having to get a c-section, and leaning over the crib or getting up and down from the floor to change him would have been impossible those first few weeks. I’m all for minimalism, but those first few solid diapers are not the kind of things you want to change on your own bed.


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    October 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Congratulations! I totally understand your nervousness about telling the world that you’re pregnant. I was very slow to tell people since I also had some complications in my first trimester. A lot of my friends didn’t find out until I was around 20 weeks and even now I’m still telling people (mostly friends I see only infrequently) even though I’m in to my third trimester.

    Can’t wait to see what you design up for the baby!

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    Jenn Serls
    October 11, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I think the anti-changing table comments are not because it’s not useful to change a baby at waist height but because a changing table is largely useless after having a baby. I’ve repurposed mine but it still looks like a changing table.

    If you have the space for a changing table, I’d say get another low dresser and put a pad on the top. The dresser is much more versatile in the long run and it will still allow you to change the baby at a height that’s comfortable. Plus you’d have space to stow things away out of sight.

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    Julie Anne
    October 12, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Look! Baby’s Own Egg Bed (to match the Egg Chair):

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    October 13, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Nicole, I think the colors you currently have in the guest room would work great as a nursery too. A very sophisticated mix on black, white, red.

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    October 13, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    So happy you’re pregnant! I’m 10 weeks PG and I am so excited to have some design inspiration from you. You rock!

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    October 14, 2008 at 8:42 am

    First, congratulations to you and your husband!! Second, you’re style is amazing.
    As a mother of 4, I do agree that changing tables are useless at some point, I did the changing diapers (for7 years in a row) mostly downstairs, w/a changing pad on top of a sofa table, and on the bed when upstairs. If you have space in the nursery for the changing table, may be is a good idea to get a low dresser or a low bookshelf that fits the same space and just use a changing-pad on top. Dressers and bookshelf are always useful and easier to blend with any decorating style. Actually, since you already have a nice tall dresser, a bookshelf of the right height (and for the open factor, not to overpower the room with drawers everywhere) might be a better option and useful, use the shelves for diapers and changing supplies, and for books after, because when kids discover the world of books, they pile up quickly.
    But if you opt for a regular looking changing table, try to get a second-hand or the one from Target, you’ll definitely won’t want to spend a great deal of money in something you most likely will get rid of at some point in the future.
    Also, get as much sleep as you can now, seriuosly! sleep, sleep, sleep; and enjoy every minute of the pregnancy, because as cliche as it is, time does fly.

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    daisy mae
    October 14, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    We had a bad shipping experience with Target. The crib was $150 and the shipping was $115 which was not mentioned ONE time during the online buying. My MIL only discovered how much it was after checking her bank balance and noticing the charge.
    I would definitely go with one you can test out in person. The first changing table we got was really flimsy on top. They all are, but some are worse than others. I wanted mine to last as a bookcase or shelving once the diapering was over.

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    October 15, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I hope you paint that silver….it would look awesome.
    New meaning to “born with a silver spoon, I mean chest!”

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    October 15, 2008 at 5:19 am

    please beg or borrow and get a crib for a steal, it is used only for 2 years and afterwards, you want to burn it like you will want to burn all your maternity clothes. take it from a mom of 3, those years are fleeting and soon college is staring you right smack in the face! so find a crib for nothing.. and wave that making it lovely magic! (wand)

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    October 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    the land of nod and target both carry the same jenny lind crib and changing table by the same designer. i think they are both by the company da vinci. i found this out by reading Baby Bargains. target often has free shipping and 15% off of furniture. hope this helps!

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    Molly M.
    October 20, 2008 at 11:12 am


    Congrats on your pregnancy. I hope you are feeling well.

    I really enjoy reading your blog and have gotten a lot of great ideas from it.

    As a mother of two, if I may be so bold as to turn the tables and offer a few suggestions for the baby’s room. If you like what Land of Nod has to offer, they have an outlet store in Northbrook. It is well worth the trek from Oak Park. We found dresser we liked online for $400, and I found a slightly nicked version of it at the outlet for $100.

    Also, with regard to the changing table. You really only need one for the the first two-three year. I would suggest investing in a nice dresser and securing a temporary changing pad to the top of it. Land of Nod has this option. It offers better storage, you don’t have to worry so much about keeping it neat b/c everything is hidden in the drawers, and you will get more use out of it in the long-run.

    Best wishes and continued good health.


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    October 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    You don’t need a changing table at all. Put the stuff on the floor in several rooms so there’s always something handy to change. After they can roll over, a changing table is an exercise in terror IMHO.

    But, if you feel you must, go with Molly’s suggestion. Spend the money on something you can use for a long time.

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    October 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I had that same Jenny Lind changing table (and crib). It was passed down from my sister who bought it at JcPenny for her kids are now 18 and 16 (mine are now 7 and 10) – and was still going strong, when I gave it away.

    I recommend getting a changing table – and you cannot beat the storage space for diapers, wipes and pj’s – everything is easy to grab one handed (one hand on baby) b/c the shelves are open.

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    October 30, 2008 at 5:27 am

    That change table is beautiful, and I think it would look great in a bright colour.
    We have a 3 month old and use her change table all the time, and we love the storage and the look of it too. We have her toys on top of her dresser, so we were happy to have the extra space.

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    November 9, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I think Julie Ann’s comment made the most sense. You do need to consider who will be changing the diapers. And I do think you need a designated changing area, whatever form it may take; you will be changing diapers for many years.

    I recently helped out with my nephew and was surprised there was no changing table or designated area. I found it a bit disgusting to be changing a diaper on the sofa or on a bed with only a thin plastic/paper pad for protection – especially for a boy; additionally it was rough on my back. Plus, not everything I needed was at arm’s length; it had to be carted into place, while chasing a toddler. I found the lack of organization for routine baby activities to be apalling. They have had to clean all their bedding more than once when there is an accident. They could have saved precious hours and avoided the mess, simply by having a designated changing area.

    I never purchased a changing table for my 2 kids, yet I always had a designated changing area. For my first I used a built in vanity in the bathroom. I simply put a foam changing pad with a pretty cover on the counter and stored all my equipment in the drawers. The biggest benefit was the wall of mirror over the changing area/vanity. Babies love looking at themselves and it completely distracts them during a change. Diaper changes were always easy when there was cute baby to look at in the mirror.

    For my second child we had moved and I used an antique dresser for a changing table. I used a foam pad again and sewed a few stretch terrycloth covers to coordinate with the room decor. These can be easily washed. I also sewed a diaper stacker which I hung on a nearby peg rack. Everything was where I could keep one hand on the baby and grab what I needed – including clothes in the drawers. Knowing how successful a mirror can be, of course I hung a mirror right over the dresser!

    A changing table can later be used for toys and a low dresser will always be useful in just about any room. Find what you need on Craig’s list or at Target. For me a designated changing area was a neccesity.

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    A Jill of All Trades
    October 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    So, I have a changing table that looks exactly like those that I am getting ready to throw out.

    ….although I think mine is circa 1980-something.

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    A Jill of All Trades
    October 20, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    You can see it in the corner. It needs to be sanded and repainted and the lower shelves should be glued in because they can slip out (not easily).

    It is in really good shape for free! (But I live in TN, so that’s quite a ways away)

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