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How to Set Up a Cozy, Gender-Neutral Nursery for Your New Baby

There are lots of options when it comes to setting up a baby's room, but we've pared down the list to a few essential things to keep in mind as you're getting your home ready for baby.

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When we found out we were expecting, there was a whirlwind of questions, appointments and uncertainty. But the one thing that was clear from the start: we wanted to remain surprised when it came to the sex of the baby, so we were all about a gender-neutral baby nursery. From simple colors to laidback themes and personalized touches, here are a few ways we set about creating a cozy and welcoming space.

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Low-Key Colors Rule

Keeping wall color simple is a great starting point when setting up a baby nursery. If you’re looking to stay away from pinks and blues, gray is always a winner as are shades of white, cream and pale yellow. We ultimately chose gray, white and natural wood tones.

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Think Through Your Theme

It’s always nice to have an organizing theme when thinking about how to set up a sweet space. Animals are a gender-neutral nursery home run, but travel (hot air balloons, airplanes), adventure, and a theme from a favorite childhood book are inspired choices, too.

Personalized Touches

If you’re not a fan of a hard theme but are looking for something special to hang on the walls, family photographs, a print, or a painting that has some history or meaning is a great way to welcome your new baby into the fold. I happen to have an artistic husband, so he painted a zoo watercolor to hang above the changing table, and I ended up sewing some curtains to match.

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Cozy Textiles + Rugs

While I love neutral colors for walls, adding a pop of color when it comes to pillows, rugs or curtains is a great way to liven up a space. A cozy vintage or striped rug are both great gender-neutral choices as are patterns and interesting graphic elements. If you’re concerned about wear and tear and are aiming to create a space for your baby to grow into, avoiding super light-colored rugs is always smart as stains and spills are bound to happen.

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Make It Functional

While the perfect color, theme, and rug are all fine and good, I like to take a step back when setting up a room to think about its function. You’re going to spend a lot of time here in the early months feeding your baby, so a comfy chair is key as is a changing table stocked with diapers and wipes (we liked this wipes dispenser(Opens in a new window) as it makes grabbing wipes one-handed a breeze). Drawer dividers to help organize tiny baby clothes are always handy. Thinking ahead, a reading or music corner, with a bin for toys, will encourage learning and play as your baby gets a little older, two things that I know ultimately felt more important to us than, say, the best wall color or throw pillow.

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