(Closed) Gutting a room to make a nursery… what to think about?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 2
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t have a nursery for DD until she was over 6 months old. Her current room was still a guest room all that time. Her bassinet and changing table were kept in our enormous master bedroom closet, and that worked perfectly for us! Most diaper changes just happened downstairs in the laundry room — put a contoured changing pad on top of the dryer and presto, the perfect diaper change station.

You definitely don’t need to turn that kitchen into a nursery before baby is born, especially if the thought of it is stressing you out. Baby won’t care, and it will probably be months before you really want baby out of your room anyway. BUT, in terms of free time to get it done, you’ve probably got more of that now than you will once baby arrives, so there’s that to consider. Good luck!

Post # 3
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I 2nd everything that iarebridezilla says. You don’t need a nursery right away. My DS only saw his nursery for diaper changes during the first 4 months, and that was only because I like to put the poopy ones in the diaper genie instead of the regular trash.

However, once you have a newborn, you most likely won’t have the time or motivation to sort through paint swatches and cutesy artwork on Etsy. You may get a giant nesting urge at the end of your pregnancy too, and that’s the perfect time to pour your energy into nursery design.

One more detail I would add is that I would definitely NOT keep the water on in the nursery. It might be convenient when you’re changing a newborn, but when your newborn becomes a toddler and you put him/her down for a nap only to find their bedroom flooded 10 minutes later, you’re going to wish they didn’t have such easy access to a water source.

Post # 4
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


eocenia:  I think what I would think about is the nursery goint go turn into the older kid room?  Most parents I know don’t need water right there to change their child, and I would be worried about a two year old playing with the water or sticking things down the pipes when you aren’t looking. 

Post # 6
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was adament about having our nursery finished before DD arrived – and it ended up being the right call because I had trouble sleeping in the same room as her (she was a grunty baby!) and we moved her to her crib at one month old. But plenty of people do have baby share a room with them for months so you very well may not need a nursery for some time. Also, a changing table is really not necessary. You will find you change the baby wherever. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Our baby will arrive in Nov too and we just got the nursery furniture in. I wanted it done because I’m a planner and also the thought of taking care of a newborn and putting a nursery together doesn’t sound fun to me. Our baby will be sleeping in our room for a few months but I’d like to attempt to have him nap in his crib so he starts to get used to it when we transition to the crib all night.

Post # 8
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern

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eocenia:  Echoing some of the sentiments of the other posters… you definitely don’t need a finished nursery. My little guy was in our room for the first 4 months (easier to breastfeed if he was right there vs walking up the stairs to his ‘room’). To be honest we barely used the room until he was closer to 6 months and even then nurseries are sort of like hotel rooms… you’re only in them to sleep so all those cute decorations are sort of wasted. I’d think about the areas where you are more likely to be during the day (living/family room/kitchen) and create baskets for each with things you’ll need on hand that you’ll need; magazines, remotes, bottles of water, easy snacks like granola bars etc, diapers/wipes/ and multiple changing pads (because a changing table for the most part won’t be used… you’ll just end up changing the baby where ever is most convenient.) 

I will say that putting together his ‘toddler/big boy’ room was a 1000 times more fun than the nursery. You’ll still have the opportunity to put a fun/designed stamp on the room in the future! 


Post # 9
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My parents apparently placed my brother and I in our own rooms from the first night we were home. They set the baby monitors up and slept in their own room. That being said a lot of my friends were onyl moved to their own rooms at a few months so totally depends on you and the child.

Post # 11
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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eocenia:  I guess sometimes you need to remember to think [puts on a pair of sunglasses] inside the box? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m glad you were able to find a solution! And a relatively low-stress one at that. Just keep plugging away slowly at getting that kitchen turned into a nursery, and it will be done in plenty of time for baby to actually move in.

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