My first step was to choose a neutral soothing color for the walls, we already had grey paint from a previous project in the living room so it made the choice pretty easy. We also covered up all of the outlets with solid plates. With our pier and beam foundation it is easy to hear everything throughout the whole house, so I didn’t need access to any outlets for a baby monitor and we haven’t needed a lamp yet.
You can see that the artwork is hung low on the wall so she can see it from the floor. When I was deciding where everything needed to go, I actually laid down in the middle of the room so I could see what she would be looking at and placed everything we used to decorate accordingly. The needlepoint alphabet used to hang in my husband’s nursery almost 30 years ago! I have other artwork that I can cycle in and out as she grows, but this alphabet is so beautiful I think it will be a fixture for quite awhile. Her shelves are taller than necessary for an infant, but my dad made them to grow with her. I placed them next to her movement area to inspire her to crawl towards the toys on the shelf that she wants to reach for, she will also be able to examine her toy in the mirror as well as in her hands. I’m planning on putting her age appropriate toys on the lower shelves where she can reach them when she becomes mobile and it will be ready for her full use when she gets older. I keep a small basket of books by her bed, it’s a fraction of the children’s library we’re accumulating, but we will cycle them each week so they will seem new and interesting to her. Right now while she doesn’t express an opinion on her reading material, Daddy has been reading her his latest sci-fi novel and she loves hearing the sound of his voice.