In terms of design, preparing for the arrival of a newborn is about more than the colour chosen for the nursery walls. It is the large pieces brought in to the space that make it cohesive and allow baby to move forward from infant to child with functional, age appropriate furniture.
To allow your child to grow with the pieces you purchase, we suggest buying furniture that can transition with your baby. Choose a crib that can eventually become a double bed and a dresser with a removable topper that will serve as your baby change table. Both will, in the long run, save you money as they change their functionality as your child grows. We also suggest adding a comfortable (and fashionable of course) rocking chair or glider that can be used with each of your children as you expand your family, a quiet place for cuddles and comfort.
Finding timeless pieces of furniture is key as purchasing for the transitional years can be costly. Choose items that you really love and let your design flourish from there!
Whether you choose to find out the sex of your child before birth or not, your big purchases should be gender neutral with a clear design aesthetic. Allowing your child to grow with your foundation pieces will make it easier to add additional items later on; pieces that provide the child with a striking sense of self are easily replaceable.