Almost two years ago, my wife and I had our first baby. We spent a lot of time creating the perfect nursery. She had a big bridal shower and got a ton of decorations. It feels like he has every Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots piece of memorabilia known to man.
Then 6 months after he was born, we got the news, the stork was going to deliver our second baby in 9 months. It was time to set-up another nursery. This time it was a little more difficult. The wife had a few pregnancy complications (nothing major and they are all behind her now) and we have the first boy who was quickly learning to move on his own. (Side note to new parents: it's much easier before they start to crawl.)
This left us with less time to set-up the new room as a nursery. We thought about putting them in the same room, but the last thing we need is one waking the other up with crying. I try to keep it to one crying baby at a time.
Sad to say, setting the nursery has been a perpetual work-in-progress.
I think I found my time-saver, Pickawall. The company sells wall murals that simply cover a whole wall, like re-usable wall-paper. Done, no painting at all. I feel like I could install it in 30 minutes without getting messy. They'll ship me a sample really cheap, so I can try it out and make sure it is a good quality before I have the whole thing printed. And if I don't like the image they'll give me a mulligan, a do-over with a new image (though it seems some restrictions apply).
Best of all, they use environmentally friendly, non-toxic inks, which is the kind of thing I look for in a nursery.
So now the question becomes, what image to get. It seems like there are thousands to choose from on the site. If that wasn't too much choice already, they also allow you upload your own.
I've been wondering if that's enough decoration to pull off the nursery. Here's what I have so far:
1. The crib having a mobile and its own decorative sheets
2. A rocking chair with a custom designed quilt from a friend of the family.
3. Way too many stuffed animals... some that were mine or my wife's when we were little, some new ones.
I feel like we need one more thing to make it work. However, as we start to move in a dresser and a bin of toys, the space fills up quickly. Maybe hanging a couple of complementary pictures will do the complete it. It's hard to tell, but it feels like this wall mural is the best place to start as it will do 90% of the hard work for us.