10 Easy Ideas For Setting Up A Nursery In Your Small Space

new parents playing with baby on the floor in a small nursery


Your new little one will take up a lot of room in your heart, but they don’t necessarily have to take up a lot of room in your home!

Having a small living space doesn’t mean you can’t have an adorable nursery. What it does mean is that you need plenty of small nursery ideas! It’s time to get creative and make the most of every square inch.

At Newton Baby, we get excited about safe, cozy spaces for babies to grow and thrive in. We’ve put together this list of 10 small nursery ideas so you can create the perfect room for your precious baby no matter how much (or little) space you have!

But before we let you in on these ideas, let’s talk about safety. Regardless of how big or small your nursery is, safety is one thing that should never be compromised.

Small Nursery Safety

You don’t have to compromise on safety just because you have a tiny space! Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind as you design and decorate your small nursery.

Outfit Your Nursery For Safe Sleep

Your little one will spend lots of time napping and snoozing in their crib. In just a few simple steps, you’ll make their bed a safe place for them to sleep and give yourself peace of mind knowing that they’re protected.

First, set your baby up in their own bed. No matter how tiny your home is, don’t put your infant in bed with you to sleep. If you’re extra tight on space, put them in a bassinet or a mini-crib.

Second, outfit your little one’s crib with a safe, firm mattress that fits properly. A good fit leaves no gaps between the edge of the mattress and the inside of the crib. You should not be able to fit more than two fingers between them.

baby sleeping on a newton baby crib mattress in a mini crib

For even more peace of mind, put your baby to sleep on a breathable mattress, like Newton Baby’s Crib Mattress.

Our crib mattresses are firm yet comfortable and 100% breathable. This not only helps to reduce the risk of suffocation but also helps regulate your baby’s body temperature (no more sweaty backs!) and reduce dust mites and allergens.

Lastly, once your little one is in your arms, ask your pediatrician about safe sleep guidelines, like putting your baby to sleep on their back and offering them a pacifier.

Choose Safe Crib Decorations

Even in a small room, it’s tempting to go all out with decorations like cute throw pillows and blankets. But in the name of safe sleep, skip the extra bells and whistles on the crib.

To provide your little one with the safest possible rest, keep all toys, books, pillows, blankets, and crib bumpers out of the crib. You’ll also want to make sure the bedding is not too loose.

If you’d like to simplify your life while continuing to keep your baby safe, choose a Newton Baby Crib Mattress. Our mattress cover is not only breathable but also completely removable and washable, which makes cleanup a breeze for you!

pregnant woman with a breathable newton baby crib mattress

Don’t Leave Your Baby At The Changing Table

With a small nursery, you might toss out the idea of a changing table altogether and look for alternative places to change your baby’s diaper. But if your changing surface is high, remember to never leave your baby alone.

Your little one might learn how to roll over (and off the changing table!) when you least expect it. Keep a hand on your little one at all times, and arrange your nursery so everything you need during a diaper change is within easy reach.

10 Small Nursery Ideas

With those safety guidelines in mind, let your imagination run wild with ideas for turning your small space into a baby haven!

To get your creative juices flowing, here are Newton Baby’s ten best small nursery ideas.

pregnant woman setting up a mini crib in a small nursery

1) Prioritize What Goes In The Nursery

Take an honest look at how much space you have and prioritize what items have to go in the nursery and what can go in another room in the house.

The crib and a few other necessities will need to go in your little one’s room, but think outside the box for the rest. Consider putting toys in the living room, for example.

2) Downsize The Crib

In a tight space, one of the first things to go is the standard-sized crib. Some parents put their newborn to sleep in a bassinet. But within a couple of months, they’ll outgrow a bassinet.

When that happens (or from the very beginning), opt for a mini crib. At 24 inches wide and 38 inches long, the mini crib is smaller than a standard-sized crib and is more space-economical.

Plus, the Newton Baby breathable Crib Mattress is available in both standard and mini sizes, so you don’t have to sacrifice safety!

example of small nursery ideas for a crib in the corner of the room

3) Tuck The Crib In A Corner

You might be scratching your head wondering where in the world you’re going to fit a crib.

If you have a closet in your nursery, make a special corner for the crib by removing the closet doors and tucking the crib into the nook you created. Hello, floor space!

4) Install Curtains Instead Of Doors

Another way to free up space is to keep your closet as a storage area but do away with the doors. Doors that swing in or out just take up valuable floor space.

To create a little extra space, remove swinging closet doors and install a curtain instead. This is also a great way to add a pop of color or a fun pattern to your nursery decor.

5) Reimagine The Changing Table

To save space and maximize storage, reimagine your changing area.

Turn the bottom of the changing table into storage. Or forego the changing table altogether and turn your baby’s dresser into a changing area (or your dresser if your room is functioning as the nursery!).

You can even purchase a crib-top changing table, which is a little changing area that rests securely on top of the crib. When you’re not using it, store it under the crib.

6) Make Use Of The Walls

In a small nursery, the walls are your friends!

Mount a stylish rod on the wall to hang clothes, or install a hook to hang a laundry bag or canvas bag full of toys. Pegboard is another great way to organize all sorts of baby necessities.

example of small nursery ideas for storage on the walls

You can also use the walls to store all those stuffed animals your little one will inevitably collect. Buy a net (or two!) to hang in the corner to keep your baby’s teddies and dolls cozy and contained.

7) Use Floating Shelves

While we’re on the topic of using wall space, let’s not forget about floating shelves! A few floating shelves will free up floor space and keep things out of a toddler’s curious reach.

8) Light The Room With A Wall Lamp

Instead of adding a floor lamp, stick to the ceiling light and an extra wall lamp.

Having a small wall lamp will allow you to make the room dimmer when you don’t want the overhead light on. And there are lots of wall lamps that are stylish and will fit with just about any decor!

You may also want to consider installing blackout curtains. They won’t take up any extra room and can make a big difference when you’re putting your baby to bed before the sun has gone down!

9) Choose A Small Chair Instead Of A Rocker

A rocker or glider is nice, but if you’re working with a small nursery, it might have to go.

Instead of a big rocker that takes up lots of space, choose a small chair. It might not be as comfortable, but you’ll still have a spot to sit with your little one for bedtime snuggles and stories.

10) Cut Out Unnecessary Items

When you create a baby registry, you’ll realize that babies require a lot of stuff! But your babe might not need as much as you think.

Think carefully about the baby essentials you need to keep your little one clean, safe, and happy — then don’t be afraid to cut out the unnecessary items so that you can more easily work with small nursery ideas.

For example, a breastfeeding pillow could come in handy, but maybe you can make do with a couple of pillows from your bedroom instead.

Create A Cozy Space With Any Small Nursery Idea

mom and dad looking lovingly at their newborn baby

Bigger isn’t always better. Even with a small nursery, you’ll be able to create a comfortable, stylish environment where your little one can grow, play, and slumber the nights away.

Prioritize safety with a Newton Baby Crib Mattress, and then let our small nursery ideas help you figure out how to turn your space into the perfect nursery. In no time, you’ll be welcoming your tiny baby into their new room and your family!

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