A Timeline for Planning Your Nursery

Designing the perfect nursery might not be rocket science, but if you’re starting from scratch ready for your new arrival, it does require some careful consideration. Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that planning a nursery is not just about the room looking fab, but it should also be practical, functional, and of course, safe.

New to nursery design? Not to worry. Here at Ickle Bubba, we’ve created this simple timeline to help you plan everything from furniture options to styling choices, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare your baby’s new space, well ahead of their arrival (hopefully!). Get ready to unleash your inner creativity!

Define the budget by 16 - 18 weeks pregnant

A word of warning, with excitement building it’s easy to go overboard with nursery spends and they can soon tot up. You wouldn’t be alone if you’re feeling a little clueless as to what you need, let alone how much it all costs. If this is the case, a good starting point is completing a quick baby costs calculator. You can then create a list of nursery essentials, most notably a cot or cot bed, bedding, changing unit, baby monitor and storage. You’ll then know how much you have to spend on re-vamping and prettifying your nursery.

Create a moodboard by 18 - 20 weeks pregnant

You may lose hours (or maybe days!) to Pinterest but time spent gaining inspiration and creating your dream nursery moodboard will result in a coordinated and personal room theme. Look at including examples and samples of the following – your preferred base and secondary colours, an accent colour, floor covering, wall coverings, wall art, furniture, soft furnishings and accessories. Are you a fan of neutral pastels? Or maybe you’d prefer a bright and colourful space that will help engage your baby’s attention as they grow? For instance, removable stickers are ideal for a temporary but effective wall art feature as these are easy to replace. Creating this visual aid will prove invaluable for the next steps.

Measure up by 20 - 21 weeks pregnant

Not everyone can fit a complete room set into their nursery, so now’s the time to grab the tape measure and create a room layout. A quick and easy trick for sizing up the room is to check furniture dimensions based on the pieces you’re thinking of investing in, and then position cardboard templates of the same size onto your flooring. Essentially you’ll be left with a nursery mock-up so you’ll be able to envisage how the room will be used and understand how creative you need to be in terms of storage! 

Order your nursery furniture by 21 – 22 weeks pregnant

You may be tempted to postpone the bulkier items until a later date, but ordering the key pieces to furnish your little one’s room with will definitely start you off on the right foot. Slumbertime will occupy a lot of baby’s day, so one of the primary things to consider is their cot or cot-bed. For those with more compact space, but not wanting to compromise on longevity, the mini cot bed is a great option. Other space-saving options include a combined chest of drawers and changing unit, as well as a cot top changer and under drawer that sits under your cot on castors. Don’t forget to air out your mattress when it arrives.

Get decorating by 23-25 weeks pregnant

Whether you’re thinking of decorating the space with wallpaper, water-based paints or a mix of both, your main goal should be to create a calming environment that’s simple, and ideally interchangeable to allow for longevity. This room should be a relaxing place not just for your newborn, but for you as a parent too, since you’ll be spending many precious hours here. Once you’ve fully decorate the room, you can make a start on building your furniture purchases.

Accessorize by 36 weeks pregnant

Time to add the beautiful finishing touches and put up your feet! Soft furnishings like blankets, cushions and rugs are all fun things you might like to use for texture and to add a little more personality into your new room. Also, why not choose a baby mobile and some cute cuddly toys to lend an extra layer of comfort? These little additions will help you create a welcoming atmosphere that’s dedicated entirely to your newest family member. Alternatively, if friends and family want gift inspiration you could always create a wish list of accessories to share with them.

A word on safety - safety should always be at the forefront when planning your nursery design, and this can be achieved with a few simple but effective baby-proofing measures. Things like covering any sharp edges with safety padding or bumpers, concealing wires and plug sockets, and fitting high shelving units are all important precautions to consider. Also, since baby’s react to their environment, it’s a good idea to place any objects that could be a potential choking hazard safely out of reach before they start crawling.

When designing your baby’s nursery, above all the process should be enjoyable and memorable. We hope these tips will help you on your way to creating a space that’s just right for your little one’s earliest moments in life. Need further assistance? Team Bubba is ready and willing to answer any furniture-related queries you may have.