Need inspiration for your travel-themed nursery? Looking for nursery organization ideas? Check out our National Parks nursery decor and learn our top nursery organization hacks!
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We love to travel and have a special place in our hearts for the U.S. National Parks.
A National Parks nursery theme felt like a perfect fit for our family. It is a timeless, gender-neutral theme that we could enjoy for years to come.
We have now used it for two babies (a third on the way!) and still love it!
I am guessing you feel the same way if you are looking up national park themed nursery ideas!
While an aesthetically pleasing nursery is wonderful, the most important thing is for your nursery to be functional. You want to make everything to be as simplified as possible for when your baby arrives.
I will first share some inspiration and ideas for your National Park-themed nursery, as well as links to purchase items. Then I will share the best nursery organization tips that will help you save time and simplify your life once your baby arrives!
National Parks Nursery Inspiration
Welcome to My Crib – Hobby Lobby
Don’t Wake the Bear – Hobby Lobby
I Love You to the Mountains and Back – created in Canva and framed
National Parks Sign – Hobby Lobby
Mountain Shelf – Hobby Lobby
Baby Bear – created in Canva and framed
Love You More Than I Can Bear – created on Canva and framed
Woodland Bear – Hobby Lobby
National Park Baby Blanket (different style, but still adorable) – Etsy
Mini Reclining Chair – (perfect size for little kids) – Amazon
Adventure Sign – Hobby Lobby
DIY Mountain Wall Hooks – materials from Hobby Lobby
I went to the wood crafting section of Hobby Lobby and bought unfinished wood triangles and a little bag of unfinished wood knobs. I used gray and white acrylic paint to paint the mountain pattern. Once the paint dried, I used a hot glue gun to attach the knobs to the mountains. They have held up great and are super cute! I spent less than $8 on the whole project.
National Park Posters & Prints
Purchasing posters, digital downloads, or a beautiful art piece from your favorite parks would be a great way to decorate the walls of your nursery.
National Park Map
A National Park scratch-off map would be a cute decor piece and would be so much fun to keep track of everywhere your little travel buddy has been!
A Beautiful Name Sign Can Be a Statement Piece
Looking for Travel-Inspired Baby Names?
Adding Plants Can Make the Room Feel More Inviting & Natural
I recently added a few plants to our nursery and love it! Bonus if you can add a few native plants that will help represent the specific National Park theme you are going for.
There are a few furniture staples you will want in your nursery – a good crib or bed and a breathable mattress, a dresser (I recommend getting one that can grow with them & plan to use it as your changing table as well), and a good rocking chair.
We used to have a crib from Target, but I sold that one and bought this Babyletto Crib secondhand and love how it looks in the room. It has a lot of great features and can convert to a toddler bed as your child grows.
I refurbished my childhood dresser for our nursery. Make a simple dresser more unique by refinishing it or adding fun knobs or drawer pulls!
We have this traditional-style rocking chair, but if I was to do it over, I would get a comfier rocking recliner like the one above.
National Park or Woodland-Themed Linens
Crib Sheets Black with White Arrows – Amazon
Matching Changing Pad Covers – Amazon
A few more woodland-theme crib sheets:
We recently added these curtains, and I love how they look!
Woodland Nursery Curtains – unfortunately this particular set is not blackout, which is the only downfall.
National Park-Themed Books For Baby
These books are not only beautiful to display in your child’s room, but will also help inspire a sense of adventure and love for the great outdoors!
Ikea spice racks make the cutest little bookshelves for displaying your favorite National Park-themed books. They are super affordable and versatile. Keep the natural wood or paint them a color of your choosing.
Closet Staples for Your Little Adventurer
Adventure Awaits – Etsy
Mama’s Hiking Buddy – Amazon
Future Hiker – Amazon
National Park Service – Amazon
Tiny Adventurer – Amazon
Crawl Walk Hike – Etsy
10 Helpful Nursery Organization Ideas
1. Use Your Dresser Top As Your Changing Area
Save space and money by skipping the changing table and placing a changing pad on top of the nursery dresser. And once your baby outgrows diapers, you won’t be left with a useless piece of furniture – win, win!
If you get a cute cover for the changing pad and a little caddy for your diapering supplies, your little changing station will be functional and cute.
This system also makes it easier to transport your changing pad and diaper caddy around the house. During the newborn stage, diaper changing and outfit changes seem to be constant, so it is nice to have the option to bring your diapering supplies to your bedroom or the living room if needed.
2. Get Closet Dividers for Hanging Clothes
These closet dividers hang right on your closet rod and divide baby’s clothes by size. This makes finding and grabbing clothes quick and easy.
It also gives you a good visual of how many clothes you have in each size and what you might need more of.
I like knowing that all of the clothes we have in a particular size are in one place – it’s the worst when you come across a cute outfit that your baby outgrew before getting a chance to wear it!
3. Use An Over-the-Door Shoe Holder for Storage
Use over-the-door shoe holders on the back of your nursery door to sore swaddle blankets, sleepsacks, baby booties, hats, bibs, burp cloths, hair bows, etc.
4. Use Drawer Dividers or Mini Bins in Baby’s Dresser
I have little bins for pants and shorts, and I roll them up and label the outside of the bin with the size.
I use drawer dividers for all of the toiletry-type items, socks, mittens, pacifiers, and other little items we keep in the nursery dresser.
5. Have a Designated “Memory Box” in Your Nursery
After we had our first baby, we had so many piles of “souvenirs” that we wanted to keep, but nowhere to put them – mementos from the hospital, baptism keepsakes, cards from relatives, pictures, etc.
Before your baby arrives, find a designated box that you can use to easily store all of the special things that you will want to keep, but won’t have time to deal with during the sleep-deprived newborn days.
This pretty wooden box goes along with the National Parks Nursery theme, or you can just get a simple photo box with a lid.
6. Put a Cube Shelf in the Closet for Extra Storage
I have a cube shelf in each of my boys’ closets. Cube shelves are awesome for storing extra crib sheets, overstock diapers, wipes, baby care items, winter gear, beach gear, blankets, burp clothes, etc.
The best part is you can haphazardly shove as much as you want into the bins and they will still look organized and tidy from the outside!
7. Bins, Bins, & More Bins
I like to line the top of the nursery closet rack with MORE bins. You can keep clothes, toys, extra diapers, wipes, creams, electronics boxes, and all kinds of miscellaneous stuff in your bins
The bins look nice and keep everything organized. You can add labels to your bins to be even more organized.
You could also get a long, shallow storage bin for under your crib if you don’t have a lot of closet space.
8. Use Hangers with Clips for Outfit Sets
9. Use a Hanging Closet Organizer
If you don’t want to use a dresser or run out of space in your dresser, use one of these hanging closet organizers.
I use these hanging closet shelves to organize my kids’ outfits for the week. Once a week, I get seven complete outfits (diaper, pants, shirt, socks, etc.) ready for each of my kids so that I can easily open the closet door each morning and grab that day’s outfit off of the shelf without thinking twice.
10. Have a Convenient Place to Put Outgrown Clothes
Have a designated bin in your closet to throw any clothes into that have gotten too small for your baby.
I have a little basket in our nursery closet that I throw too-small clothes into when I notice that they don’t fit anymore.
Once the basket gets full, I transfer the outgrown clothes to size-labeled storage bins in our basement.
I hope this National Parks Nursery post gives you inspiration and ideas for setting up your own travel-themed nursery for your baby boy or girl! Your greatest adventure is just beginning! 🙂