Style the Woodland Nursery of Your Dreams

woodland nursery design ideas

One of the most recent popular themes for nursery design is the Woodland theme, and this charmingly rustic style shows no signs of fading anytime soon. In fact, Pinterest declared the Woodland aesthetic as the most popular nursery trend for 2017. (source)

Here's a game plan to help you style to Woodland nursery of your dreams!

Woodland Nursery Colors

So, first things first. Start with the color palette you want in your Woodland nursery. Although earthy tones serve as the base layer for most Woodland themes, don't be afraid to add color. The neutral color bases usually include shades brown, beige, cream, light blue, gray, and olive/woodsy green.

Credit to The Creativity Exchange for putting together this fabulous group of paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. These woodland-inspired nursery paints are top picks from their readers. We love them, too!

We love wallpaper in the nursery. There are many sources of woodland-inspired wallpapers, and many are peel and stick... so you can easily change up the nursery as your baby moves to toddler (and then teen). Splurge a little and head on over to Spoonflower to find dozens of wallpaper ideas. They are a little pricey, but you can also paint three walls and then accent a single wall in the nursery. If you find a busy print you love, putting it on one wall, behind bookshelves, or in a window seat really works.

There is a site on Etsy called BC Magic Wallpapers, and while it may be a splurge item, these custom wallpapers are adorable. Check out the teepee pattern below.

Woodland Nursery Crib Bedding

The crib bedding that you select for your Woodland nursery will set the tone for the rest of the room. We've got the perfect options for you at Liz and Roo!

navy archery woodland bedding

Archery (Navy and Coral) Woodland Bumperless Crib Bedding

 

archery taupe and aqua woodland bedding

Archery (Taupe and Aqua) Bumperless Woodland Crib Bedding

 

buck woodland bedding

Buck Woodland (Taupe) Bumperless Crib Bedding

gray woodland

Gray Woodland Baby Bedding

 

navy woodland

Navy Woodland Bumperless Crib Bedding

Woodland Nursery Decor & Furnishings

After you've painted the room and selected your bedding, the really fun stuff begins. When it comes to accenting your Woodland nursery, there is no limit to the options. Shop at Hobby Lobby, on Etsy for handmade items, and at some of the major retailers like Anthropologie for accessories. We discovered this arrow wall hook online at Anthropologie and the bookends on Etsy. Here are just a few of the many, many fun options you can find.

Hunter/Gather Wall Hooks

 (via Anthropologie)

Stained Wood Mountain Book Ends

(via Etsy)

  woodland nursery art

Woodland Nursery Art, Wood Slices, Fox Bear Moose, Set of 3

(via Etsy)

woodland nesting set

Woodland Nesting Set

(via MagicCabin)

antler pendant rope light

Antler Pendant Rope Light 

(via Etsy)

One of our favorite sites for invitations and cards is Minted.com. They have a rustic framed alphabet (you can order any letter of the alphabet) that you can see here.

The ideas and options for your baby's Woodland nursery are abundant. Make sure you check out our Woodland Nursery Pinterest board for even more inspiration.

We'd love to see your finished Woodland nursery! Send your pictures to info@lizandroo.com.

How To Increase Your Chances of Having a Baby Girl

Baby Girl

How to Improve Your Chances of Conceiving a Girl

You and your husband have decided you want to have a baby girl. 

Some people choose to leave gender selection to chance, which can be great fun to find out whether they are having a boy or girl on the day he or she is born. But, if you are reading this, our guess is you'd like to tip the scales in favor of conceiving a particular gender. So, here goes.... the "How To" on improving your chances of having a baby girl!

What are the Factors That Can Help you Conceive a Girl?

First, understanding the science behind what creates boys and girls is the easiest way to increase the chances of conceiving the gender of your choice. In particular, knowing the differences between sperm is what is most important.

What are the differences in sperm?

As you may already know, sperm can be X or Y chromosomes. X chromosomes result in a girl baby when they fertilize the female's egg. Y chromosomes result in boy babies upon fertilization. The mother's egg always contains an X chromosome.

  • X (from mother) + X (from father) = Girl baby

  • X (from mother) + Y (from father) = Boy baby

What other differences exist between X and Y sperm?

X sperm chromosomes are heartier and live longer in a woman's body. On the other hand, Y sperm chromosomes are weaker and do not live as long, dying off more quickly inside a woman's body. X chromosomes also swim more slowly, compared to Y chromosomes.

Therefore, to increase your chances to conceive a girl, you will want to ensure that there are no Y sperm still inside your body so that the X sperm fertilize the egg when you ovulate.

How do you make this happen?

If you want to have a girl, you need to plan to have sex about two to four days before you ovulate. By then, the Y sperm will have died off, and the slower-moving, longer-living X sperm will presumably get to the egg to fertilize it.

This is just one factor that can help you in getting pregnant with a girl. For best results, you need to combine several techniques for higher success.

Other techniques include considering the pH levels of your cervical mucus, what foods you are eating, and more. The best way is to get reliable information from someone who has helped couples achieve the gender that they desire.

Best Baby Nursery Checklist

When you're expecting a baby, whether it's your first or your tenth, setting up the nursery is one of the most exciting times. Given the plethora of items available on the market today, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out exactly what you and baby will truly need.

Liz and Roo is here to help you sort out the needs from the wants. Follow the Liz and Roo Baby Nursery Checklist and the only thing you'll have left to do will be to wait for your baby to make his or her appearance.

Blake Lively inspired nursery featuring Liz and Roo crib bedding

Baby Nursery Checklist

1. Crib and crib bedding. Even if you're planning to have baby sleep in a bassinet during the first few months, you'll want to select and purchase a crib right from the start. It's a great, safe place to lay baby down, and he or she will get comfortable with the space when it's time to make the nighttime move. Getting the coordinating crib bedding before baby is born makes sense. And, we just so happen to know where you can find some extraordinarily beautiful, high-quality, made in USA bumperless crib bedding! Check out our selection here.

Buck Woodland Crib Bedding Set by Liz and Roo

2. Glider. Late night feedings will be so much more comfortable for both you and baby when you have a designated place to snuggle together. Your husband will love it too. He'll be doing some nighttime duty, too! Gliders today are luxe and have come a long way from what your mother used (a rocker) but a rocker will do the job, too!

3. Sound machine or white-noise app/device. Help baby sleep more soundly, and help the rest of the family live their lives without constant worry about making noise that will wake baby.

4. Baby monitor. There are lots of options available - from super simple to high-tech cameras with sensors and alarms. Gauge your comfort-level to decide the best fit for your family and you'll breathe easier knowing you can keep an ear and/or eye on baby at all times. The new monitors with video can provide real peace of mind. Parents.com has a great review of baby monitors with all the pros and cons and tips for buying. 

5. Odor-free diaper pail. You will never regret this purchase, especially after you've dealth with your first few blow-outs.

6. Soft light or night light. This will make it so much easier for you to take a peek at your sleeping baby without worrying about waking him or her with a bright light.

7. Changing pad and washable changing pad cover. Having a designated spot for changing baby makes it much easier to keep your nursery and changing materials organized. Plus, a contoured changing pad (the most popular style) gives baby a soft, safe place for diaper changes. Contoured changing pad covers can tie into the overall nursery theme and add a stylish touch to the room. Make sure that it is high-quality, durable, and washable. This is an item that will get washed regularly for sure! Check out the Liz and Roo selection of contoured changing pad covers here.

8. Play mat or rug. Give baby a place to spread out and play. Tummy time and crawling practice will become a part of daily life as baby grows, and you'll be happy to have a safe spot for baby to hang out. We suggest these stunning, washable Lorena Canals rugs. They make a great finishing touch to nursery decor.

Lorena Canals Rugs for Nursery

9. Swing or bouncer. This item is likely to become your best friend and sanity saver! You'll soon realize you don't know how you'd function without it, especially if you ever need to do anything that requires 2 hands, such as make dinner or brush your hair! Here's a great link to a review of the Top Five Baby Bouncers

10. Books, softs toys, stuffed animals. You want baby to love their nursery (it makes night time so much easier!), so make sure it's a fun and inviting place for them. Get lots of books. Reading to baby should be a nightly event. Remember never to put anything in the crib, no matter how cute, with your newborn. Stuffed animals belong outside the crib.

Round this list off with plenty of clothes, diapers and wipes, and bathing and feeding supplies, and you'll be ready for baby!

Visit our website at www.lizandroo.com.

 

Baby Shower Game Idea Round-Up

Baby showers are a time for celebrating the new life that's just around the corner and the mama (and/or daddy!) that's getting ready to bring that baby into the world. Gifts, conversation, and delicious food are at the core of every shower. Adding a few fun games into the mix is a great way to get the guests interacting and laughing together.

We've rounded up some great game ideas from some of our favorite bloggers for your convenience. Elevate the fun-level of your upcoming baby shower by adding some or all of these games into the mix.

Name That Poo Baby Shower Game

1) Name That Poo from Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom  |  If you can get past the gross factor, this chocolate-based game is twistedly delicious classic.

2) ABC Book for Baby from Cuppa Cocoa  |  Have fun and make an awesome, usable memento that baby will cherish for years to come.

3) Month-by-Month Onesies from I Heart Naptime  |  Get crafty with your shower guests, and create awesome photo-shoot-ready keepsakes at the same time. 

4) Guess What's in the Bag from Somewhat Simple  |  A fun and useful game where guests guess what baby-related item is in each bag based on the bag's letter.

5) Build A Baby Face from Sarcasm 101  |  Mix and matches sections of the parents-to-be's faces to create some hilarious predictions of what baby will look like.

6) Don't Cross Your Legs from Catch My Party  |  Cross your legs and lose your clothespin to the person that caught you. The guest with the most clothespins by the end of the party wins.

7) Draw the Baby from Fun, Cheap, or Free  |  Test out the can't-see-what-I'm-doing artistic abilities of your guests.

8) Celebrity Baby Name Game from We Heart Parties  |  Quiz shower party guests to see how many celebrity babies they can name.

9) Mom-to-Be Personality Quiz from Project Nursery  |  Which parents' traits does mom hope baby will have? Challenge guests to see if they can guess correctly.

10) The Price is Right Baby Shower Game  |  The current costs of baby necessities is always changing. See which of your guests are the most in the know!

Are there any other baby shower games that you love? Let us know about them!

Heading Toward the Home Stretch: 12 Things to Do Before You Give Birth

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Your to-do list is probably getting shorter as your due date approaches, but that doesn’t mean you can prop your (swollen) feet up and rest. Now is the time to get everything super organized so that you can focus all your energy on bonding with your little one once he or she arrives. Here are the top 12 things to do before baby arrives.

1. Purchase and Install Your Car Seat

Baby Image 2

Installing a car seat for the first time can test your patience and can take a while. You’ll want to read the instruction manual carefully to make sure you know what to do and what not to do. If you are unsure after installing, you can enlist a local certified car seat technician to inspect it to see if it’s installed correctly. Here’s a good site where you can search for inspection locations.

2. Take care of the “fix it” list in your home

Once your little one arrives, the last thing you’re going to have time for (or want to do) is to clean your house or fix something that’s broken. You’ll have enough to do once you get home, so crossing “home fix-it” projects off your list before baby is born will make the transition much easier.

3. Prepare for Breastfeeding

You can call your local La Leche League chapter. Fit Pregnancy published a great article, 20 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby that’s a must read. Some breast pumps are covered under insurance, so check that out, too.

4. Decide and Prepare Where Your Baby Will Sleep

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a lot to say about where baby will sleep. Be sure and assemble the crib, bassinet and gear well before baby arrives. Cribs can be tough to put together, so grab a friend or family and get it done well before your due date (you never know). Get the right batteries for the baby monitor and baby swing and keep extras in the refrigerator (they’ll keep longer when refrigerated). If you decorate the nursery and dress the crib, remember the AAP recommends “bare is best” … no blankets, toys, animals or anything BUT baby in the crib!

5. Wash All Baby Clothes and Baby Bedding

Buy some hypoallergenic, perfume-free detergent and go ahead and wash all those cute baby clothes, baby blankets, crib sheets and changing pad covers. You never want your baby to dress in something that has not been washed, especially if it’s made overseas (Liz and Roo baby bedding is all made in USA).

6. Select Your Birth Announcement and Get Them Addressed in Advance

This will save you a ton of time if you get this done now. If you shop locally, you can select the announcement that you will have printed once baby is born. More than likely, your local shop owner will let you take home envelopes to address and stamp pre-baby.

For online options, our favorite (for many reasons) is Minted, a marketplace where various independent artists contribute their designs. They will even address your envelopes for you, and their paper quality is fabulous. Plus, you can even custom design your announcement in conjunction with one of their designers.

Baby Announcement 1  Baby Announcement 2

Visit www.minted.com to see all of their announcements.

7. Schedule a Photographer

Baby Feet Image

Most photographers recommend getting newborn photos taken in the first two weeks after giving birth, so you’ll want to go ahead and schedule this well in advance. Some hospitals now partner with companies like Baby Bella that send newborn photographers to your room while you’re there to take photos. Take advantage of this if your hospital offers it – you can’t beat the convenience.

8. Schedule a Hospital Tour & Pre-Register

Touring the hospital and seeing firsthand where you will be having your baby will definitely help calm any jitters you have about delivery. Also be sure to pre-register at the hospital, so that you’re not bogged down with filling out insurance and medical info when the big day comes.

9. Pack Your Hospital Bag

Check out our post here about all the essentials for your bag.

10. Choose a Pediatrician

Ask your friends and family for their recommendations. You can make an appointment to visit the office and talk to the doctor in person to see if it’s a good fit. Make sure you begin this process early, because it can take a while if you find a lot of doctors are not accepting new patients.

11. Consider More Classes

In addition to the childbirth class you likely took, you may want to consider classes on baby care, breastfeeding and infant CPR. Many hospitals offer these. Your pediatrician can make recommendations.

12. Pamper Yourself (and your husband!)

At a time when you are likely feeling a bit (or a lot) uncomfortable, it’s important to do something for YOU. Get a pedicure, a haircut or a facial. Go to dinner or a movie with your husband, because all that will change the first six to eight weeks with baby! Spend time journaling your pregnancy experience. Write a letter to your baby with all your hopes and dreams for him or her. One day (a long time down the road), you can give that letter to your child to celebrate a milestone birthday, like sweet 16.

Liz and Roo

Don’t forget nursery design! We’ve assumed that’s already crossed off your list, but if not, we are here to help. You can find Liz and Roo baby bedding in more than 125 stores around the US and 25 in Canada, or if there’s no store near you, we are happy to help. Plus, you can shop online at www.lizandroo.com for the convenience and timely delivery (in stock items ship in 24 to 48 hours).

Our goal is to provide our customers with quality, sewn by hand and made in the USA baby bedding that is modern and on trend. You’ll love decorating your nursery with our baby girl crib bedding, boy crib bedding or gender-neutral baby bedding options.

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