5 nursery trends we loved in 2017—and can’t wait to see more of in 2018

2017 was a great year to be a design-loving mama.

5 nursery trends we loved in 2017—and can’t wait to see more of in 2018

From washable rugs to playful nursery bedding, and Moses baskets to temporary wallpaper, 2017 was a great year to be a design-loving mama.

We’re taking a look back at our favorite trends of the year in one of our favorite places—the nursery—and looking ahead at what’s to come in 2018.

1. Washable rugs

Guys, WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THIS? We started noticing this trend earlier this year, and now we’re watching it really pick up speed. And for good reason. Washable rugs are just that—rugs that you can pick up directly off of your floor and pop right into your washing machine. No more stressing over spit-up stains, diaper explosions, or shoe dirt. It’s seriously genius.


Our absolute faves are from designer extraordinaire Lorena Canals. Her washable area rugs come in a huge selection of gorgeous colors + patterns, and they hold up beautifully in the wash.

You can snag them on Amazon, but be sure to check out her site for the complete selection. Now, swoon with us:

2. Playful nursery bedding

From donut sheets to ice cream cone quilts, nursery bedding + accessories really stepped up their game this year. Whether you’re into bold + bright or soft + muted, we saw so many styles in 2017 that would make any room totally Insta-worthy.

One of our standout faves for bold, playful bedding this year is the Australian brand Kip & Co. We ? their velvet play mats—they are made from soft, quilted fabric and offer just the right amount of padding for your little one. They’re also easy to pick up and move from room to room.

Their crib bedding is also some of the most fun and creative we’ve seen. Because baby + sprinkles = awesome.

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And speaking of crib bedding, we cannot get enough of the aaamazing crib sheets from Rookie Humans. Each distinct style features a custom illustration and just the right amount of whimsy.

3. Temporary wall art

The indecisive mess-hater deep within us could not love this trend more. From reusable and removable wall decals to temporary wallpaper that’s easy to install and doesn’t require icky, messy glue, temporary wall art was totally on-trend in 2017 and, much to our delight, shows no signs of slowing down in 2018.

The fabric wall details from Australian brand Love Mae are some of our favorites. They come in a huge array of beautiful designs, are durable, and best of all are 100% reusable and removable.

We love the pop of color + design detail they add:

And how you can easily turn a blank wall into a beautifully designed backdrop:

And if you’re looking for a bigger design statement, you need to check out temporary wallpaper. It’s easy to install (truly, we promise) completely mess-free, and livens up any space. There are tons of brands to choose from, but our favorites are Tempaper, Chasing Paper, Walls Need Love, and Spoonflower.

4. Moses baskets

Moses baskets have been around forever but have seen a huge surge in popularity in 2017, and we totally get it: they’re beautiful, functional, and multi-use. We can’t get enough, and we have our fingers crossed that the trend will continue throughout 2018.

Plum + Sparrow—though a bit of a splurge—gave us our true favorites this year. Their baskets are one-of-a-kind, handmade by a group of weavers in a small village in Africa, durable, and completely stunning. They work with almost any nursery decor, and provide a cozy, easily portable spot for baby.

May we also mention that they make an insanely adorable prop for photo opps? ?

5. Versatile, multipurpose products

Minimalism for the win here, mamas. Nothing gets us more excited than something that can do double—or even triple—duty, especially when it comes to nursery items, which is why we were so excited to see this trend really take off in 2017.

We fell in love with these awesome, retro lights from Spanish brand Goodnight Light. They’re a lamp + nightlight + super cool design statement all in one, and they work in a nursery, toddler/big kid room, and pretty much anywhere else you want to add some fun. What can we say—we’re suckers for a cute pineapple lamp ?

We also love this handmade seagrass changing basket from Olli Ella. It’s great in the nursery, but can live on long after diaper days are over as a tray, storage basket, or room decor.

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These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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