I needed help designing the perfect nursery—so here’s what I did

I tried YouthfulNest's design service and here's what happened.

YouthfulNest's design service

As told to Deena Campbell

There's a small room in my home that's long, very rectangular and super awkward. I always knew this room would one day be my nursery, but I didn't quite know how to bring it to life. I'm not good at interior design and I felt like I needed help creating a beautiful nursery.

After speaking with my husband, we decided to reach out to YouthfulNest to give us a helping hand. YouthfulNest is an online interior design service for nurseries and kid rooms.

Their tag, "life is stressful. Designing shouldn't be" really resonated with me. At the time I was pregnant and didn't have the time to think about décor. The idea of simply sharing my vision, reviewing the design and then shopping the items online was exactly what I needed.


I was so excited to give it a try.

For starters, we took many measurements of the room and submitted photos to give YouthfulNest an idea of the type of room we were dealing with. It wasn't a standard room, and I wanted to make sure they designed it perfectly.

I jumped on a call with the designer to explain my style (and let's be honest, my dreams) for the nursery. I didn't know exactly how I wanted the room to look, but I knew I wanted navy colors and a mix of modern and traditional items I already owned. I told them my budget and answered any questions the designer had.

After the initial call, I crafted a Pinterest board to further explain my likes and dislikes. Shortly after submission, they sent me two rounds of a mockup with a list of products to purchase. That's when the fun really began. I narrowed down the list and provided feedback on the items that were my style and pieces I could see in my home.

A few of the items they suggested were sold out, but they quickly provided other options. I was most impressed that they were able to stay under my budget, while providing additional price points in case something else caught my fancy.

I especially loved that she cut prices on things that didn't matter—laundry baskets, storage bins, mobile—even the crib was inexpensive. The rug was a bit pricer, but that made a lot of sense since it's a focal point of the nursery.

Once I narrowed down the items she designed the room and my vision came to life. YouthfulNest seamlessly mixed old and new pieces to create a beautiful room that I was so pleased with. They even transformed an old dresser into a changing table. It was so nice to have my awkward room turn into a perfect nursery for my little one.

Now that my daughter is a bit older and is slowly outgrowing her crib, I have thoughts about having YouthfulNest redesign the room. The room is still small, and my interior design skills haven't changed much—it sounds like the perfect time for an upgrade.

Besides, the thought of having someone design a room without entering my home is especially appealing during a pandemic. And to me, having peace of mind and a beautifully designed room is priceless.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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