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, got married on the beach, and 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 was just the ocean and the colors 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 I wanted an all-white crib. It’s clean and classic, goes perfectly with our theme, and goes well with other nursery themes. I found this classic crib on PBK. I know this crib will be a piece I can reuse one day again 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 for our ocean-inspired nursery! 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 the Pebble Pure Crib Mattress, because it’s 100% organic and supremely breathable. The mattress’s core is made from certified organic coconut coir that is 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
Blankets & Pillows
I thought this classic dream blanket and silk soft stroller blanket worked perfectly for our ocean-inspired nursery theme and 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 your 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 I need to care for my baby—diaper cream, nail clippers, NoseFrida, saline spray, Windis, and more. And right below that is the Ubbi diaper pail. Their mint diaper pail perfectly matched the room’s ocean-inspired nursery color palette.
Why did I choose this diaper pail? There are several reasons. The Ubbi diaper pail is made of powder-coated steel for maximum odor control. I think every parent can appreciate that. It is equipped with rubber seals strategically designed to lock in odors and a sliding lid that minimizes air disruption, keeping the smell inside the pail. Thank goodness!
It also 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. Use one of your kitchen trash bags, and you’re ready! 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 colors and 5 patterns. Again, I couldn’t say no to this mint pail. It 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, some coral decor, and a 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 ensures that I will only pull 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, a rubber seal that keeps the wipes fresh and moist, and 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 (now Crate&Kids), which also worked perfectly with our theme. The mermaid blanket also had to be added. 😉 I couldn’t say no!
Storage & Decor
For storage, I found this adorable blowfish basket. Also, a good bookshelf is nice to have for easy and convenient organization and storage.
One of my favorite things on the bookshelf 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 we had collected that Mother’s Day weekend onto 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. 🙂 A great addition to our ocean-inspired nursery.
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 Motorola is a brand I know and trust when it comes to monitors.
This monitor has a large 5″ diagonal color screen, an impressive 1,000 ft range, and a two-way communication feature. It’s portable and battery-powered, so I can carry this around the house with me and can see the whole room clearly, day or night, with remote pan, tilt, zoom, and infrared night vision. That makes me feel so much better because I know I will hear him with the high-sensitivity microphone when he needs me. I also like that I can tell if the room is too hot or 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 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.
Super easy to transport. (You’re supposed to fold it the other way, but I wanted to show off the pretty peacock color. ;))
Around the House
And when you move to a different room, you also need to have a changing station nearby. You never know when a blowout might occur. We have the Ubbi diaper caddy, which is great because we will have everything 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. Having 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. 🙂