Waiting to find out the sex of your baby until they’re born is a surprise like no other. While you’re patiently awaiting the arrival of your newborn, you still have to decorate a nursery and cultivate a space that will be calming and soothing for parents and baby alike. Theming your nursery is a fun way to plug into those nesting urges that occur during the last trimester of pregnancy.
Here are a few gender-neutral nursery themes to inspire your decor and your aesthetic for this wonderful new phase of your life. Cozy, versatile, and functional are all important factors when designing a baby room. From the blankets to the diaper pail, take a unique twist on one of these themes to create a one-of-a-kind space for you and your baby.
This is an easy choice if you’re a die-hard Disney fan. Go back to the classics with a Walt Disney-themed nursery that focuses on the vintage cartoons with the first version of Mickey Mouse. Black-and-white themes with metallic finishes are an iconic look for any nursery and will be gender-neutral as well as deeply nostalgic.
Pick out a few prints of Steamboat Mickey, early drawings of the original gang, or early advertisements for Disneyland for a classic vintage look. A set of swaddling baby blankets with different Mickey Mouse prints that focus on the black-and-white theme will tie together the changing table and crib. Go with modern, sleek, black furniture that lets the decor speak for itself. Don’t forget about cute metallic finishes that give color to the space, like bookends, lamps, and Disney-themed figurines.
While this theme might seem traditionally male, it definitely doesn’t have to be. Transform an otherwise basic nursery into a navy and heather gray scene that reflects the beauty of the ocean at night. Pick out a seafaring whale printed blanket that’s weighted and durable enough to last through newborn to toddler stages. Furniture with brown tones and deeper hues are reminiscent of ships and driftwood.
Play with the adventurous spirit of this theme by picking out decor that reminds you of the high seas. From pillows to washcloths, fill this ocean-themed nursery with nautical decor that is calming yet bold.
This timeless theme has been a go-to for nurseries for many decades and is trending again because of its gender-neutral nature and playful decor. If you’re willing to paint, exotic green and blue hues are the way to go for a jungle theme. Pick out a receiving blanket that is printed with giraffes, elephants, ostriches, and other classic safari animals. Make sure that the blanket is ultra-soft and machine washable—your future self will be grateful for the convenience.
Look at furniture that is modern yet playful, like bamboo bookshelves or an animal-shaped ottoman. Collect books that follow this fun theme and focus on jungle animals or safari adventures. Don’t forget a set of muslin swaddles with fun prints to keep your new wiggle worm cozy at night.
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aden + anais (pronounced UH-nay) has been creating fun, hip baby essentials since 2006. Their modern aesthetic and iconic prints are unique to the baby industry and allow parents to remain stylish while taking care of their young ones. Featuring versatile products that grow with your little one, you’ll find swaddles that double as stroller covers, nursing covers, baby blankets, and tummy time play mats, plus bibs that easily double as burp cloths. aden + anais makes products that make sense in motherhood.
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