26 May Creating a gender specific nursery without knowing the gender
Finding out your baby’s gender is an exciting part of your pregnancy, so when you think of gender reveals, your mind most probably thinks of all those sweet ideas of balloons flying out a box, cakes being cut and exposing a pink or blue filling, or popping balloons with confetti flowing out. In fact, gender reveal ideas and social media announcements have exploded in recent years, but despite the amount of social media attention these exciting reveals receive, the delivery room gender reveal is still very alive and might just be another exciting way (if you can hold it out!)
When I fell pregnant, we knew we didn’t want to find out the gender. The idea of waiting till the day he/she arrived, made it all so much more exciting. I learned that you don’t lose any time in preparations for baby. The key is, to stock on basic onesies in gender-neutral colours (you will end up using these the most in the beginning anyways), and those gender-neutral options can be used down the road for new siblings. Plus, going shopping with baby to get your fix of pink or blue is also something to look forward to. Don’t get me wrong, there were many times I wondered what the gender of my baby was, and so many people asked me how I did it. I can understand why so many couples choose to find out the gender – it’s all very exciting, whichever route you choose to go.
So what happens with the nursery?
There are so many beautiful ways to design a gender-neutral nursery (which is a completely different topic we will cover in the near future), but I knew I wanted the space to be gender specific when our baby arrived.
It was quite challenging as I basically had everything in the nursery featuring white and greige colours, but I really wanted the nursery to be ready when I got home from hospital, (the wonderful world of nesting as I am sure many of you can relate to.) The look and feel I was aiming for was a very elegant, timeless and serene nursery. (whether is was a boy or a girl)
Fast forward to 2 weeks before baby arrived, I had this very neutral looking nursery, and I couldn’t really add anything to it that was gender specific, so I decided I would just have fun and add all the gender specific touches after baby was born. Looking back now, I wish I had my sister or mother organise to paint or wallpaper my nursery and make/add all the gender specific items I wanted. (I would just give them the list of what I wanted for each gender), and then basically keep the room locked until we returned home from the hospital. How exciting would that be? (I am sure you can tell I love surprises.)
That being said, here at Ninho, we offer a gender surprise package, called Ninho Surpresa.
Whether you want us to design and create the nursery and only see it once you get back from hospital OR use it for your gender reveal. Something a little different!
This signature package is for parents who don’t want to know the gender of they baby, but want a gender specific nursery. We design 2 complete nurseries with you and obtain the baby’s gender from your doctor. (we would suggest doing this after confirming at least 2 or even 3 times!). Your doctors appointment should be scheduled shortly after our consultation, at which time you will give you doctor permission to reveal the baby’s gender to us via phone or email. We then install the gender appropriate nursery behind locked doors, keeping every detail a secret until you have a Gender Reveal party or bring baby home from the hospital.
So the day my little girl decided to arrive, and having the Doctor say aloud “It’s a girl!”, was probably the most exciting surprise and present I ever received; and you guessed right, we added a whole lot of girly touches to her nursery!