How to Create the Perfect Modern Nursery, According to a Maternity Expert

How to Create the Perfect Modern Nursery, According to a Maternity Expert

We asked Courtney Klein, the founder of Storq, to dish on the stylish essentials you’ll need to outfit your baby’s space.

So you’re having a baby! Great news. Let’s talk nursery decor. As it turns out, there is no actual rule that says your child’s nursery must be littered with plastic toys and unruly color combinations. We’re happy to report that it’s possible to make the nursery a place where anyone would want to spend time—whether you’re a newborn, a toddler, a parent, or a labradoodle. If you enjoy thoughtful, comfortable, well-designed spaces full of things you’ll be reluctant to part with when your baby is all grown up, you’ve come to the right place.

Storq creates the softest, coziest daily essentials for pregnancy, nursing, and parenting. They’re partnered with the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco to make it easy to pass on your pre-loved goods to families in need once baby arrives.

The Essentials

If you’re not sure where to begin, start with these.

Convertible Crib

Our Pick:

Ikea Sniglar Crib
Your baby sleeps safely and comfortably in this crib made from solid beech—a durable and renewable natural material that is both good for your wallet and the planet.

Splurge:

Kalon Studios Caravan Crib
A perfect marriage of beauty and utility, the Caravan Collection is beloved for its classic forms and versatility.

Bassinet

Our Pick:

Tadpoles Woven Palm Leaf Moses Basket
Woven from pure Moroccan palm, the the Tadpoles Moses Basket can be used with any of our wonderful Moses basket bedding sets, or with your own special bedding. Once your baby outgrows the basket, use the nylon liner and turn the baby basket into a laundry hamper.

Splurge:

BERMBACH Babycrib LOLA
The babycrib LOLA stands on a filigree metal frame. It appears light, almost floating, which makes it a decorative accessory of a modern living style. Small feet made of mango wood ensure an even and gentle floor support.

Honorable mention: Some of our friends swear by the Snoo, but we haven’t used it ourselves.

Crib Sheets

Our Pick:

Mushie Extra Soft Muslin Crib Sheet
Made from 100% cotton, our cozy, extra soft muslin crib sheet is pre-washed for softness against baby's delicate skin. Muslin stays breathable while keeping your baby warm and cuddly.

Splurge: 

Linen Tales Kids Washed Linen Fitted Sheet
For your superheroes that fight for the good of the world in their dreams – a fitted sheet is irreplaceable. Soft, natural, and staying exactly where you put it....

Mattress

Our Pick:

Naturalmat Quilted Latex Mattress
With its core of natural rubber latex (tapped from rubber trees) this mattress provides medium support ideal for toddlers and older children.

Splurge:

Newton Baby Crib Mattress
Every inch of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress was designed with your baby’s health, safety, and comfort in mind.

Diaper Pail

Our Pick:

PurePail Classic Diaper Pail
The PurePail diaper pail uses patented odor-blocking technology so parents can inhale the sweetness of parenting—not the stink. An easy-to-use diaper disposal system is the perfect counterpoint to all the other complicated baby gear in parents’ lives.

Splurge:

Ubbi Diaper Pail
Exceptionally easy to load and clean, the Ubbi Diaper Pail can be used with ordinary trash bags or reusable cloth liners. It features a sleek, clever design and will minimize odors while cutting down on waste.

Wall Hooks

Our Pick:

Iris Hantverk Rack With 4 Hooks
A place for everything and everything it its place. Sturdy, streamlined, and (glory of glories) beautifully useful, this is our absolute favorite hanging peg rack.

Splurge:

SIN Trio Coat Rack
Our coil-built Trio Coat Rack is the perfect resting place for your coats, purse, dog leash, towels and more.

Rug

Our Pick:

Willaby Hand-Loomed Rug - Snow
The softest, most non-toxic, and easy to care for rugs you'll ever own. Completely organic, completely machine-washable. (Yes, the area rug too!) Our rugs are made by hand, by a family of Amish weavers. Each strip for weaving is cut without the use of electric machines.

Splurge:

Cold Picnic Andalusia Rug
Our flat weave rugs offer a lightweight and slightly more casual update to our trademark hand tufted rugs.

Mobile

Our Pick:

Flensted Mobiles Scandinavian Swans Mobile
One of the earliest Flensted mobiles, created by Christian Flensted in 1956.

Splurge:

Laura Chautin Mobiles
Custom mobiles by Laura Chautin, and artist and designer based in New York City.

Changing Table

Our Pick: Any dresser with this on top

Gathre Padded Micro+
Cushy memory foam covered in our signature wipeable faux leather.

Splurge:

Oeuf 3 Drawer Dresser
With its clean lines and quality construction, this dresser will be loved by parent and kid alike.

Baby Monitor

Our Pick:

Splurge:

Nanit Pro Camera and Wall Mount
The new 1080p Nanit Pro Camera gives you a crystal clear overhead view of your baby’s crib, day or night. Get peace of mind without any electronics in or around the crib using the included Nanit Breathing Band (Size Small).

Lovey

Our Pick:

Jellycat Bashful Woodland Bunny
Little ones will hop at the chance to snuggle with our Jellycat Bashful Woodland Bunny.

Splurge:

Bella Luna Toys Organic Floppy Bunny Rabbit
These delightful Organic Beige Bunny Rabbit are handmade from organic cotton and filled with pure organic lambswool by a small family business in an idyllic mountain hamlet in Germany.

Extras

Miscellaneous things that will help you stay organized and keep baby safely entertained while you do literally anything else—like use the bathroom, eat a meal, or take a nap (JK about the nap).

Mushie Stacking Cups
Set of eight stackable cups with distinctive holes on the bottom for bath and water play. Mushie colorful stacking toys help develop both the body and brain starting around six months; the basic skills learned from stackable cups become the foundation for more complex tasks like using a...
Konges Slojd Activity Rack
This delightful wooden baby activity rack from Konges Slojd provides the best in Danish led design.
Kaiser Vegetable/Mimosa Tanned Baby Sheepskin
With its softness, thermal regulation and the ability to evaporate, lambskins are an ideal base for your child. The mimosa sheepskins are tanned with mimosa tanning agent acquired from the bark of the mimosa tree. This takes longer than regular tanning.
Babybounce Bouncinette
The Babybounce Bouncinette is a funky bouncer made with a high quality cotton cover that can be removed to wash.
Snuggle Me Organic Feeding + Support Pillow
Our Snuggle Me Feeding + Support Pillow will aid you in nursing, bottle feeding, sitting up support, tummy time, a toddler pillow, and more. Narrow ends easily tuck behind your back to stabilize and create a less bulky nursing aid.
Woodchuck SHIZU Playstand
All SHIZU’s are handmade and hand stamped by us in the Netherlands. They are made out of FSC-certified Russian birch plywood and come untreated. This simple clean piece of furniture is easy to assemble with the included manual.
Ferm Living Shelf Hangers (Set of 2)
These shelf brackets are the perfect support of your new shelf. Pick your favorite combination of wood shelf and shelf hangers for a unique customized rack.
Ferm Living Shelf
This wooden piece is the base of your beautiful new shelf. Pick your favorite combination of wood shelf and brackets to get a uniquely personalized rack. The shelf is made of oiled oak veneer and will look great in any room of your home.
Twenty One Tonnes Olive Basket
Our olive baskets can be used as planters or storage. These beauties come in two sizes, a wider shorter version and a narrow taller version. Handwoven exclusively for Twenty One Tonnes by a small group of female artists in northern Ghana. Each basket has its own unique character.
Grimm's Natural Wooden Rainbow Tunnel
This is an amazingly versatile toy, providing an endless number of imaginative possibilities.
Raduga Grez Wooden Abacus
This unique stacking tower is gorgeous for play as well as nursery decor. The simple shapes feature beautiful earth-tones that can be stacked and any order.
Sarah's Silks Playsilks
Playsilks are a natural prop for anything you can imagine: genie pants grass to feed your horse a doll carrier soup to stir in a pot a scarf to dance with tie on a stick to make a flag The possibilities are as unlimited as your child's imagination.
Bannor Toys Classic Baby Rattle
This beautiful hardwood maple baby rattle is the perfect all natural first toy. Made from solid maple and finished with an organic beeswax and flaxseed oil, it has a satiny smooth finish and makes a gentle clickity-clack noise when the rings tumble together.

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