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A Shared Nursery

When expecting multiples, organization and creativity are key in the nursery. Create a
functional setup that's comfortable for you, and safe and stimulating for your babies.

How to Design a Shared Nursery

STORAGE SENSE

Storage space is at a premium in any nursery – especially a shared one. Store items they can share (like books and toys) in one place, then create separate storage for individual items – such as clothing, if you have a boy and a girl. Keep all essential diaper-changing items in open storage within easy reach of the changing table.

BRING THE SPACE TO LIFE

Try playful wall decals, a colorful rug and coordinating drapes, or imaginative wall art to help energize the nursery. If your babies are the same gender, you can make the crib bedding identical – or choose two bedding sets with matching palettes but slightly different prints. If you have mixed genders, look for crib bedding that shares a print, but features gender-specific colors.

REMEMBER THE DETAILS

The nursery is where your babies will sleep, but its also where you'll feed, change and bond with them – so make sure it's a place you feel comfortable, too. A plushly padded rocker with a smooth gliding motion is the perfect place for feeding and lulling your baby to sleep, while a supersoft rug makes getting down on the ground to play a little more comfortable.

SMART DESIGN

Try to keep your nursery as efficient as possible. Consider details that will make things easier, like a low-wattage lamp that's easily accessible to prevent a bright overhead light from waking your babies.