11 Fun Baby Boy Nursery Ideas For Your New Little One

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Whether you’ve just found out that you’re expecting a boy (congratulations!) or you’re in your third trimester and frantically trying to pull your nursery together, your mind is probably swirling with baby boy nursery ideas.

You and your little man will spend a lot of time in his nursery, so you want it to be a cozy space where he can sleep, grow, play, and dream!

With that in mind, Newton Baby has 11 baby boy nursery ideas to help you create a nursery that you (and your little one) will love.

But making your nursery functional and easy to use is just as important as making it cute! So, before we get to our decorating ideas, we’ve got a few tips on how to set up a functional nursery that will serve you well.

How To Set Up A Functional Nursery

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Plan For The Space You Have

When dreaming up baby boy nursery ideas, keep in mind how much space you have to work with.

The crib is one of the bigger (and arguably one of the most important!) pieces of furniture in the nursery. It’s essential to invest in a good-quality crib that’s safe for your baby and fits in his nursery.

If you’re tight on space, you might consider a mini crib. Your son will grow out of it within a year or two, but it can work well in a small nursery in the meantime!

But if you have the room, consider purchasing a standard-sized crib. This crib will fit your little one for a lot longer — and a standard-sized mattress can later be used in a toddler bed for years of sound sleep!

Choose A Safe Crib Mattress And Bedding

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The point of bedding isn’t just to add a cute touch to the nursery. Your baby boy’s bedding and crib mattress actually affect safe sleep in a huge way.

Save the cute pillows and patterned blankets for the rocking chair — they aren’t safe for your little one to sleep with. To give your infant the safest possible sleeping space, keep all toys, pillows, blankets, and crib bumpers out of the crib.

The crib mattress is another big player when it comes to safe sleep. It should be firm, not soft. Fortunately, firm doesn’t necessarily mean hard and uncomfortable.

The Newton Baby Crib Mattress is firm enough to keep your baby safe and comfortable enough for night after night of sound sleep. Plus, it’s breathable, which helps to regulate your baby’s body temperature.

Our Crib Mattress allows for the best breathability because both the mattress and the mattress cover are 100% breathable. If your baby rolls onto their stomach at night, this breathability will help reduce the risk of suffocation.

Bonus: the cover is completely washable to make your life easier. No more dust, bacteria, or allergens!

Make It Convenient

We have no doubt your baby boy’s nursery will be cute as a button. But don’t forget to make it convenient for you as a parent!

Arrange the room so that bedtime, diaper changing, and breastfeeding are as easy as possible.

For example, consider setting a table next to the rocking chair where you can place your coffee mug, phone, or baby bottle without disturbing your baby.

You’ll also need to have all the necessities within easy reach when you’re changing your son’s diaper at the changing table. You don’t want to leave your baby alone for even a second in case he tries to roll over!

Prepare For Messes

A white rug might seem like a good idea now, but how easy will it be to clean up dirt and messes? Choose items that you love but that are also easy to clean.

Washable wallpaper is always a great idea, as are rugs that are easy to vacuum. When buying furniture, choose pieces that will be easy to wipe off or come with a removable, washable cover.

If you have (or plan on purchasing) a Newton Baby Crib Mattress, keep an extra Crib Mattress Cover on hand. Easily zip off the dirty cover and throw it in the wash without skipping a beat (or a nap!).

mom putting a blue newton baby crib mattress cover in the washing machine

And to protect your crib mattress, go for a waterproof, washable mattress pad, like Newton Baby’s Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad (fits most standard crib mattresses as well as twin mattresses, not just Newton Baby’s!).

Hang Blackout Curtains

Your baby’s sleep is precious, and you’ll want to do everything you can to make it happen! Blackout curtains allow you to make the room dark during those early bedtimes when the sun hasn’t gone down outside yet.

These useful curtains come in various colors and patterns. If you prefer, you can also add blackout liners to curtains you already have.

Plan For Storage

As you probably figured out when you created your baby registry, babies require quite a lot of things! Plan for storage space when you’re brainstorming baby boy nursery ideas.

You’ll need to organize and store things like diapers, toys, clothes, and books, just to name a few. There are lots of storage options available, and you’re sure to find something that fits your decor.

11 Baby Boy Nursery Ideas

Now that you’re equipped with a few tips for designing a nursery that’s easy to use, let’s get to the fun part of decorating with cute colors and adorable themes!

Here are some baby boy nursery ideas to consider.

1) Feature His Name Or Initials

baby boy nursery with the name Levi Frank on the wall

There are several options for featuring your son’s name or initials on one of the nursery walls.

Stick the letters on with wall decals, paint them on with a stencil (or freehand if you’re an artist!), or buy wooden or metal letters to hang.

Your son’s name is a great wall decoration that will go with any baby boy nursery theme!

2) Use A Wall Decal

Example of baby boy nursery ideas with wall decals

Speaking of wall decals, which are basically big (removable) stickers, try a wall decal to spice things up — no matter what your nursery theme is. They come in all shapes and sizes and can set the tone for the entire room.

3) Create A Starry Night

If you love deep, dark blue, go for a starry night effect in the nursery.

Paint the ceiling or sky a deep blue, mixing in a bit of white paint for a lighter effect on various areas. Then dot the stars on using white paint and a variety of sizes of paintbrushes.

4) Incorporate Travel And Adventure

Parents who are travel lovers or want their little boy to be a bold adventurer may want to consider choosing a travel theme in his nursery.

Depending on your style, you can use this fun theme in various ways.

If vintage is your jam, incorporate vintage maps, distressed wood, boats, and old globes. Or go a more modern route with clean lines, compasses, and planes.

5) Don’t Be Afraid Of Black And White

example of black and white baby boy nursery ideas

Black and white as a nursery theme doesn’t have to be boring! Use a black and white patterned wallpaper, statement rug, or an impressive piece of artwork.

You could even paint one wall with black chalkboard paint for years and years of fun!

6) Embrace A Mountain Theme

Think deep green, plaid prints, bears, and all things mountain! Decorate your little boy’s nursery with a mountain theme, but take it any direction you want.

You might go with light colors, geometrical prints, and whimsical mountains. Or maybe deep green, woods, and camping is more your style.

7) Go On Safari

pregnant woman standing in front of a crib in a safari themed baby boy nursery

It’s always fun to decorate a nursery with animals, especially when they’re lions, giraffes, elephants, and zebras! Make use of animal prints, yellow and brown, and even a fake tree in the corner to round it out.

8) Make It Musical

If your family is musical, a music-themed nursery might be just the ticket! The possibilities are endless — music notes and soft colors, bold colors and electric guitars, or a vintage feel with old records hanging on the wall.

9) Keep It Clean And Modern

baby boy nursery with a modern crib and rocking chair

A baby nursery doesn’t have to be full of pastel colors and cutesy things. Your son will spend a lot of time in the nursery, but so will you!

If clean lines and modern designs are what make you happy, decorate your little man’s nursery that way.

10) Keep It Simple

A themed nursery might not be your thing. If you’re not into dinosaurs or sports or all things that go vroom, consider baby boy nursery ideas that are simple and understated.

For example, maybe stripes or a triangle pattern will be exactly what you need to provide interest but keep things simple.

11) Shoot For the Moon

space themed baby boy nursery with a rocket ship decal on the wall

With spaceships, stars, and planets, you can create an amazing space-themed nursery for your little man. Even throw in an astronaut or two if you want. The sky’s the limit!

Create A Safe Space With Any Baby Boy Nursery Idea

The perfect baby boy nursery is fun, comfortable, and safe.

Start with safety first. Purchase a breathable mattress — like Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress — so you can have peace of mind while your son sleeps. Then keep our functional nursery tips in mind as you decide on decorations.

With our baby boy nursery ideas, you’re well on your way to designing a fun, convenient nursery that fits your family’s style.

And before you know it, you’ll be putting your baby to sleep in the nursery that you created. Happy decorating!

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