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How to Decorate a House for a Newborn Baby Boy

by Maria Magher, studioD

Welcoming a baby boy is a cause for celebration. Many parents like to mark the arrival of their new baby by decorating their home with both celebratory items and useful baby gear and toys. You don't have to focus your decorating efforts exclusively on the nursery. You and your baby boy will spend a lot of time together in your home, and you should strive to make the whole space festive and cozy.

Celebratory Decorations

Create balloon bouquets and put them in corners of your home, by your front door and by your mailbox. Mix them with white balloons, if you desire.

Create a centerpiece with blue flowers for your kitchen table or entry table. Include flowers that are in season. Some options include hydrangeas, delphinium and hyacinth.

Place blue candles on your mantelpiece or bookshelves. You don't need to light the candles, as they are just for decoration. You can choose candles shaped like baby items, such as booties or blocks.

Hang a welcome banner in a common area, such as your living room or dining room. It can say "Welcome" and your baby's name and can match the decor of the room.

Everyday Decor

Select a color scheme or theme for your baby's room. You don't have to settle on blue. Gender neutral colors like yellow, green and brown can also look great in a nursery for a boy. A jungle, zoo, nautical or space theme can also work well for a boy's nursery. Choose wall hangings, crib sheets, pillows, toys, and rugs that reflect the color or theme of your choosing.

Choose items for other areas of the home to complement both the nursery theme and your home's decor. For example, you can put down a play mat in the living room or den to give your baby a safe place to enjoy tummy time or to explore. The mat could feature zoo animals to reflect the nursery theme but have a predominantly brown color scheme to match the leather furniture. You can also use items such as a playpen, swing or high chair in other areas of your home outside the nursery. Choose these items to coordinate with your nursery's theme and your home's decor.

Create baby stations throughout your home. You don't want to have to run back to the nursery every time you need to change a diaper or get a toy to comfort your baby. Stock baskets, bins or shelves in each room of your home with diapers, a portable changing pad, burp cloths, blankets, toys and other items you may need. Select your bins to match your home's decor and to add some whimsy, such as a brown wicker basket with a sailboat sash or an olive fabric bin with a stenciled monkey.

Items you will need
  •  Blue balloons
  •  Congratulatory banner
  •  Blue candles
  •  Blue flowers
  •  Paint
  •  Wall hangings
  •  Crib sheets
  •  Pillows
  •  Toys
  •  Rugs
  •  Play mat
  •  Playpen
  •  Swing
  •  High chair
  •  Baskets
  •  Fabric bins
  •  Diapers
  •  Portable changing pad
  •  Burp cloths
  •  Blankets

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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