Nursery Reveal: Ocean Inspired Nursery Design
by Nina SpearsThe Baby Chick
Something that I enjoy doing is creating beautiful spaces. When we found out we were having a baby boy I got very excited thinking about how I wanted to design our son’s nursery and create a beautiful space for him. We knew pretty quickly that an ocean inspired nursery would be the perfect look for our baby’s room. My husband and I love the beach. I grew up near the beach, we got married on the beach, my husband and my favorite places to vacation are beach locations so this just made sense. If the beach is our happy place and where we have our best memories, why not incorporate that into this exciting new chapter of our lives; our baby boy’s room. 🙂
As soon as I started to tell people what the idea was for his room I immediately stated that I wasn’t going for nautical. I didn’t want dark colors like navy blue and red or anchors and oars, etc. I wasn’t going for the “beach” theme either. No to the flip-flops, surfboards, sand, sun umbrellas, etc. My vision literally was just the ocean and the colors that you see when you think of the oceanside. Blues, greens, aqua, mint, tan and white. If I do say so myself, it came out beautifully.
When thinking about what I wanted to do for the crib, I knew that I wanted an all white crib. It’s clean, classic, goes perfect with our theme and goes really well with other themes. I found this classic crib on PBK. I know that this crib will be a piece that I can reuse again one day with baby number two. 😉
And when I saw this crib mattress from Nook that was the perfect shade of green, I knew it was the one! They even call the color sea glass. It was meant to be.
As a baby planner, I have loved and recommended Nook Sleep mattresses over the years especially this one, the Pebble Pure Crib Mattress, because it’s 100% organic and supremely breathable. The core of the mattress is made from certified organic coconut coir that is both naturally anti-microbial and liquid resistant. They use hypoallergenic, chemical-free materials to keep our little ones itch-free and breathing easy. Not only that, this all-in-one sleep system includes a mattress core and a removable, washable cover. No accessory mattress pad or sheets are required or recommended. Love!Buy Now
I thought that this classic dream blanket and this silk soft stroller blanket worked perfectly for our ocean inspired nursery theme, as well as this silky soft sleeping bag. I’m a big fan of aden + anais’ products because the breathability of the muslin material they use with the luxurious softness of viscose made from bamboo is like butter on baby.Buy Now
Now moving on to the diaper station! I immediately fell in love with this dresser and changing station from PBK. I also knew that this tan Keekaroo changing pad would go well with it. We love them all!
On the left side of his changing station I have all the products that I will need to care for baby. Diaper cream, nail clippers, nosefrida, saline spray, windis, and more. And right below that is the Ubbi diaper pail. Their mint diaper pail matched perfectly with the room’s color palette.
Why did I choose this diaper pail? There are several reasons. The Ubbi diaper pail is made of powder-coated steel to achieve maximum odor control. I think every parent can appreciate that. It is equipped with rubber seals that are strategically designed to lock in odors as well as a sliding lid that minimizes air disruption, keeping the smell inside the pail. Thank goodness! Another reason is that it offers the convenience and value of utilizing any standard trash bag or reusable cloth liner. You don’t have to keep buying a certain type of diaper pail trash bag for your diaper pail. Just use one of your kitchen trash bags and you’re good to go! This feature makes it one of the easiest disposal systems to load, use, empty and clean. It also includes a child-proof lock and is available in 13 different colors and 5 patterns. Again, I couldn’t say no to this mint pail. It really is exactly what I was looking for — style and great functionality.
On the other side of our dresser/ changing station is our Ubbi wipe dispenser as well as some coral decor and glass vase to place baby’s pacifiers. It’s an easy and clean place to store the pacifiers. It’s honestly too cute! I thought I was so clever to think of that. 😉
I really like the Ubbi wipe dispenser that we have for several reasons. First, it makes sure that I will only be pulling out one wipe at a time when changing baby. I don’t want to be wasteful and pull out more than necessary. Secondly, it’s built to store a standard pack of wipes, including cloth wipes! So whether you plan to use disposable or cloth this wipe dispenser is for you. And third, it has non–skid feet and a rubber seal that keeps the wipes fresh and moist, as well as a clear window that allows the user to monitor the quantity of wipes left.Buy Now
Across from the crib is my pull out couch. I’ve had this couch since college and knew this would be great to use in our son’s room. It’ll be where you will find me breastfeeding or potentially dozing off once baby boy is cozy in his crib.
On the couch, I added some statement pillows from Z Gallerie. This mongolian pillow is everything! I then found this mint leather pouf from Land of Nod which also worked perfectly with our theme. The mermaid blanket also had to be added. 😉 I couldn’t say no!
Beside the couch I needed a place to put our Hatch Baby Rest sound machine/ night light as well as have a place to put my water or anything else that I need while sitting with baby. These gold side tables fit great.Buy Now Buy Now
For storage I found this adorable blowfish basket. Also, a good bookshelf is nice to have for easy and convenient organization and storage.
On the bookshelf, one of my favorite things is this DIY project that I did with my sister-in-law, Missy. On Mother’s Day this past year we were all together at Pensacola Beach for a family vacation. While the boys threw the football and swam in the water, we picked up beautiful seashells along the seashore. Later when we got back home, Missy bought us these letters that begin with our sons’ first names and we glued some of the shells that we had collected that Mother’s Day weekend on to the letters. I think they came out great! It’s a memory I will never forget–my first Mother’s Day pregnant with our first child, and her first Mother’s Day with her son, Oliver. 🙂
Also on our bookshelf to help us keep a close eye on our son, I’ve chosen the Motorola MBP36XL baby monitor. I am very familiar with baby monitors since I’m a baby planner and I’ve been in many families homes as a postpartum doula. I’ve seen how they all work and a brand that I know and trust when it comes to monitors is Motorola. This monitor has a large 5″ diagonal color screen and impressive 1,000 ft range, and two-way communication feature. It’s portable and battery-powered so I can carry this around the house with me and will be able to see the whole room clearly, day or night, with remote pan, tilt, and zoom and infrared night vision. That makes me feel so much better because I know I will be able to hear him when he needs me with the high sensitivity microphone. I also like that I can tell if the room is too hot or too cold with the convenient room temperature display. Two thumbs up!
Now if you want a peek into our son’s bathroom, here is what we’ve done. 🙂
Obviously we can’t stay in his room forever–even though I may want to– so when we do venture out, I’m excited to use the pebble peacock lilypad playmat from Nook. It’s 100% organic, breathable, and entirely machine washable! A mommy and baby’s dream.
And when you move to a different room, you also need to have a changing station close by. You never know when a blowout might occur. We have the Ubbi diaper caddy which is great because we will have everything that we need for a diaper change all in one place. We can move from room to room or even bring it with us in the car to grandma’s house.
Ta-da! There’s our baby boy’s nursery. The ocean inspired nursery came out just the way that we wanted it to. It’s a very relaxing room which is exactly what we need. When you have a newborn we anticipate having a few overwhelming or stressful days and nights so this room will be a peaceful safe haven. We absolutely love it and hope you do too. 🙂