(Closed) At what point should the nursery be finished?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I didn’t have the nursery ready/all of the baby stuff we needed until almost 38 weeks.  I think you have plenty of time to get everything done, if you decide to order some furniture that’s backordered.

Post # 4
64 posts
Worker bee

I’m due in 9 days. I’ll let you know when I’m done. Really, the nursery is more about you than the baby in the beginning. As long as you have a place to let them sleep and means to feed them, they’ll be happy.

Post # 5
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m 30 weeks now. We’re hopefully closing on a new house in about a week, then we’ll wait a couple of weeks to move b/c we want to fix it up some. I’m having my shower at 33 weeks, and I feel like I couldn’t get it done until then anyway b/c I’m hoping to get most things as gifts anyway. My husband and I did just discuss that the nursery will be the first room to do though!

Post # 6
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Ideally I think you want the majority of what you need by about 36-38 weeks…I only think this because I have had several friends have babies early, one at 36 weeks and several at 38 weeks (including myself!)My friend who delivered at 36 weeks had nothing – she and her husband were literally on their laptop in the delivery room ordering diapers, a car seat, a bassinet – craziness!!  After that I knew I was going to at least have that basic stuff together by 36 weeks 🙂

Also keep in mind that most people don’t actually use the crib much the first few weeks, or more, so if that is late, its probably not a big deal- it will more be a hassle to deal with it after baby than anything else!  i loved just working on the nursery while pregnant, total nesting phase hit me around the third trimester 🙂 so i was happy to have it all set up and ready!

Post # 7
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Im 31 weeks, and we JUST got the crib bedding this past weekend.  And we still need the dresser/changing table and a rocker or glider.  Right now she has a place to sleep, so Im ok with that.  I just havent had the nesting instinct yet, and we knew someone got us the beddng for a shower gift, so we held off…

Post # 8
2820 posts
Sugar bee

We had the crib and changing table and odds and ends but nothing really organized until like 38 weeks.  My baby shower wasn’t until 37 weeks so I kept putting off getting the whole nursery done.  Ideally I think it would have been better to have everything done a bit earlier but it wasn’t a big deal.  She’s going to sleep in our room at first anyways, and I did think she was going to come early since she decided to drop like 6 weeks ago.  But I figured we had the basics and Amazon mom has free 2 day shipping so my lists on there were ready to go if she came early all me or my husband had to do was press order if she came before the baby shower. 

Post # 9
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We didn’t finish the nursery completely until about 2 weeks after out LO arrived.  Granted, it wasn’t a big deal since we co-slept and did all diapering in our room for the first month anyway.

Post # 10
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends on what you consider done/ready.  Ready for baby means you’ve got a place for them to sleep, feed them & change diapers.  Ready for a magazine photo shoot means every last detail placed perfecty and framed art on the wall. 

Post # 11
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A lot of cribs take at least 8 weeks to order, unless you go to a store and get a floor model.  So it’s probably smart to get that together as soon as you can.  From a logistical standpoint, I’d say it’s probably best to put everything together 2-4 weeks before your baby’s due.  I procrastinated to the end and during my last few weeks of pregnancy, I was so exhausted and didn’t want to do anything but lay around all day :oP  But don’t stress too much over it!  All the baby needs for the first several weeks is a place to sleep, diapers, food and Mom. 

Post # 12
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ours was done around 35 weeks – only because I din’t want to have anything hanging over my head for the last few weeks. We ordered furniture around the 7 month mark and I really started thinking about everything then (of course I custom made a lot of stuff so I probably needed more time).

I’ve known several women who had their babies 4-5 weeks early so I knew if the baby came early I would never get it done. Luckily Baby Smush-Face seems pretty comfortable but it’s nice to not have to stress about anything extra right now.

Post # 13
2536 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well, I’m over 30 weeks and have nothing really done except the crib is set up. Hopefully, I’ll work on cleaning it out some more this weekend, but I’m not getting my hopes up as I get super tired really quickly.

Post # 14
3586 posts
Sugar bee

I plan to have it done in July after my baby shower. I’m due in September, but I’m a teacher, so I’ll be out in June and July and plan to use that time to get the room cleaned out(used to be the office) get the crib ordered and set up.

I get some ppl wait until after the baby comes, but I anticipate being busy with baby(duh) and I just can’t leave his/her room up in the air like that. It’ll make me anxious.

Post # 16
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here’s our timeline- which is still in progress, but I hope it helps! We have a really tiny house- 2 bed, 1 bath and just 672 sq ft. and have had to be creative with making the best use of our space.

Week 28- Cleaned out 2nd bedroom that will be the nursery and moved my office into the living room. Purchased cabinet desk/hutch to hide my computer and rewired our internet.

Week 29- Painted the nursery- we used Mythic non-toxic paint so it would be safe for me and the baby. Completed a homemade wall art project.

Week 30- Purchased and assembled crib, dresser/changing table and toy bins (from Ikea). Purchased chair and arranged furniture.  Hung shelves and wall art.

Week 31 (this week)- Purchased crib sheets and curtains. Need to finish hemming the curtains and wash the crib sheets. Picked name for the baby so we have started to order some monograms and personalized items.

Week 32- Shower! After our shower this weekend, we plan to spend next week putting gifts away, hanging curtains, returning duplicate items and making a list of items to purchase that are still needed.

Week 36- Goal is to be completed with decorating and to start washing all of the baby clothes, cloth dipes, etc.

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