3 Nursery Decorating Ideas for Boys

Home Run Nursery Idea from Kids Line
Home Run Nursery from Kids Line

One of the most exciting things about being pregnant is buying all the new baby items. I remember going out and getting little clothes, hats, booties and bibs to prepare for the arrival of each of my boys. In fact, I learned preparing for a baby by cleaning and decorating the nursery is biological.  Pregnant women have a “nesting” instinct which guides us to prepare and get everything ready for baby’s arrival. With these thoughts in mind, I thought to offer up the following nursery decorating ideas for boys.  I hope you can use these ideas to get your little guy’s room in tip top shape before his arrival.

Jungle Theme
One of the cutest nursery decorating ideas for boys is a jungle theme. There are tons of items you can buy to decorate a boy’s nursery with a jungle theme. Plush jungle animals and baby toys are sold in almost every baby store. Plus, you can easily find bedding and decor items for this theme. A spin on this theme would be safari animals or barnyard animals. What you choose depends on whether you want to go with a monkey and parrot theme or lion and tiger theme.

Transportation Theme
Another adorable nursery decorating idea for boys is a transportation theme. Think cars, trucks, fire engines, boats, planes, bulldozers, school buses and even bicycles. Little boys love things that go, so this is a perfect theme if you are looking for something that can transition to a toddler room. Plus, the bright primary colors that you can decorate with when you choose this theme will be so visually stimulating for your baby. You can even hang traffic signs about the room for a decorative touch. There is an adorable road map rug you can buy that looks great plus it’s functional when your son starts to play with cars.

Sports Theme
When it comes to nursery decorating ideas for boys, sports theme are the most popular. Like the transportation theme, the sports theme can grow with your baby. Some people choose a general sports theme using a combination of different sports like basketball, football, soccer and baseball. Others go more direct and choose one single sport that they love and want to share with their child like the NASCAR theme baby bedding or surfing theme baby bedding. There are even cartoon character sports themes that you can decorate a boy’s nursery with like sports theme baby Snoopy and vintage Mickey Mouse sports theme.

I hope these ideas can help get you started on a nursery theme for your baby boy.  You can also browse our diaper cakes for boys section on our main website for more ideas.

I’ll be including a corresponding post for girls in a couple of days.

June 2009 Diaper Cake of the Month

3 Lil Pigs Diaper Cake
3 Lil Pigs Diaper Cake

It’s June already! This month I created a 3 Lil’ Pigs diaper cake. There is alot behind why I wanted to make this cake. First, the stuffed lil pigs are so soft and their curly tails put a smile on my face. Second, I like the little silver piggy bank on top. I remember my kids getting piggy banks when they were born (now I wish there was more in them since teens require more pocket change).  Finally, my last thought – our family vacation is the first week of July and I still feel like I may be one of the little piggy’s on the beach in my suit :-). I hope the beginning of this summer season starts off with warm days, ice cream cones, and BBQ’s with friends and family. School is out in 10 days – wow!  I hope you like this cake and the story behind the design.

3 Baby Shower Favors to Delight Your Guests

Candy makes a great baby shower favorThere are many details that you need to consider when you are planning a baby shower and naturally the smaller details are important. One of the smaller details are the baby shower favors. The favor is a keepsake not only for the guest but a keepsake for the mother to be as well. With this in mind I put together 3 favor ideas you can use that are sure to delight the new mom and her guests.

Candy Favors
When it comes to baby shower favors many people enjoy something with candy. This can range from mints wrapped in coordinating tulle to jelly beans and of course the old standby chocolate. For the do it yourselfer,  you could make chocolate lollipops that are shaped like baby items. Molds to make lollipops can be purchased online or at a craft supply store. You can decorate them in colors to match the baby shower theme. The great thing about candy favors is they serve as both a keepsake for the expectant mom, as she will probably want to save one to remember the day, and a treat for all the guests.

Personalized Keepsake
Another great idea for baby shower favors is to give a personalized keepsake that can your guests can use after the baby shower. Some ideas along this line include something generic such as a small blue or pink candle in a jar or tin, or you can buy small tea or coffee bags. Regardless of what you select, most can be personalized with a label to commemorate the special day.

Picture Frame
One of the best ideas when it comes to baby shower favors is to do something with a frame. You can give a frame that already has a picture of the ultrasound in it or you can give a blank frame with a note card that says: “Coming Soon”. If you choose the later, the mother to be can send a picture of the baby when he or she is born along with her thank you cards for the shower. There are obviously many styles of frames you can choose from such as magnet frames, keychain frames, standard frames, or a combination of all three.  As with the candy favors and personalized keepsake suggestions, you can decorate or buy the frames to match the theme of the baby shower.

As you can imagine there are many online places to buy baby shower favors.  Two suggestions are Beau-Coup and Corner Stork.

5 Must Read Books During Pregnancy

5 Great Pregnancy BooksOne of the first things many women do when they find out they are expecting is read about pregnancy. Likewise, it is not uncommon for female friends and family members to start handing over their favorite pregnancy book for their enjoyment. (Oh, in case you haven’t noticed, your friends and family will probably have lots of advice for “your” pregnancy).  Anyhow, expecting moms have so many choices when it comes to reference literature. However, there are some books that standout among the stacks of books available, each for its own unique reason.  With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share my list of 5 must read books during pregnancy.

Free Stuff for Baby
There is so much to buy when you are pregnant and money can be a huge stress factor, that is why Free Stuff for Baby by Sue M. Hannah makes the list. This book is updated on a regular basis and it contains all the information you need to find and take advantage of freebies you can get on the web, in stores and by mail. It also has a comprehensive list of web resources and support groups for parents.

Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
Often when a woman gets pregnant, she has a ton of questions she needs answers for. For this reason, Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts by Elisabeth Aron M.D. makes the list. This book is the ultimate pregnancy related FAQ. It covers every question imaginable in an easy to use guide. From questions about the third trimester to questions about labor and delivery this book has it all.

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
This book, written by W. Allan Walker, M.D. and Courtney Humphries, is one of the best when it comes to pregnancy and nutrition. This book helps you prepare your body for pregnancy, nourish it during and replenish it afterwards. It also covers healthy recipes and dietary supplements. Whether you pick this one up when you are trying to conceive or when you are in your third trimester it is filled with useful advice.

The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy
A funny and eye opening read for expecting mothers. This book, written by Vicki Iovine, is candid, honest and reassuring. It covers what you doctor won’t discuss and your friends are embarrassed to reveal. What’s more, is that it does it in terms that the average women can understand. This book will get you from morning sickness to the third trimester and having you laughing all the way.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting
By far, one of the most popular books written about pregnancy.  Authored by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel,  this is the pregnant woman’s bible. This comprehensive book is read by an astounding 90% of pregnant women in the United States alone. This book takes you month by month and even week by week through your pregnancy. From the first to third trimester, this book is filled with useful tips, hints and explanations to get you from conception to delivery.

You can find these through your favorite local bookstore or online.  I hope you find these enjoyable reads and a welcome addition to your library.

Baby Shower Invitation Wording Ideas You Can Use

When you are planning a baby shower usually one of the first things you need to do is send out the baby shower invitations. You may want to make your own invitations or you may prefer the preprinted versions where the front is already printed with a design theme and you get to add your own personal wording inside.  Either way, I thought you may like a few ideas that could help with your baby shower invitation wording.

The best way to make your baby shower invitations pop is to find the perfect baby shower invitation wording. You want something your guests will open and remember, and naturally something the mother to be will love.  The following are some examples you can use as is or modify to further personalize for the expectant mom.

Twin Baby Shower Invitations
If your friend or family member is having twins, you want something cute and catchy for the baby shower invitation wording. The best idea for choosing the perfect wording in this scenario is to choose wording that best expresses the fact that there will be double of everything. Some examples would be “Double the diapers, double the pins, mom and dad are about to have twins.” or “Twenty fingers, twenty toes, double the work, heaven knows! Four little arms to hugs us tight, four rosy cheeks to kiss each night!”. You could also go very simple with “We thought we were having one, but now we’ll be having twice the fun!”.

Girl Baby Shower Invitations
When you are choosing the baby shower invitation wording for a girl baby shower you want the wording to be sweet and cute. You can go with something like “We are tickled pink and happy to say a beautiful baby girl is on her way!” or you can try “Time for tea parties, baby dolls and dress up clothes. We are having a girl with ribbon and bows!”.

Boy Baby Shower Invitations
Most people who choose the baby shower invitation wording for a boy’s baby shower look for phrases that are funny. Some examples of this would include “Snakes, bugs, dirt and more that is what are new mom has in store!” or “Plane, trains, trucks and cars, we are having a little boy that we can call ours.” Naturally, there are many directions you can go with this theme, but the idea is to be cute and funny.

When it comes to selecting baby shower invitation wording, you can also go with something generic. Try something like “A bundle of joy is on the way, so let’s celebrate before the big day!”. Generic phrases are best if you don’t know the sex of the baby or the tastes of the expectant mom.

These simple ideas should hopefully get you started in the right direction.  Naturally, there are many other online sites you can visit for more ideas.  Need some additional ideas?  You can try this site or look here.