Why You Nest During Your Pregnancy

woman painting bedroom walls blue short hair girl decoratingWhy we do it:
People who refer to a pregnant woman’s urge to prepare the home as an “instinct” are on to something. Sure, birds are the best-known nesting animals, but mammals like us do it too — your hormones may be partly to blame for giving you the impulse to browse for hours searching for the perfect nursery paint color and folding newborn onesies into tidy little stacks. But it’s also your nerves! No matter how much you’re looking forward to life with baby, it’s truly scary knowing that you’re in for such a drastic change, and preparing your surroundings as much as possible makes you feel like you have just a little bit of an edge in getting the whole-new mom thing right.

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The first surge to expect:
A lot of moms-to-be do big-time nesting in the second trimester, when their energy level is at its highest. You might find yourself noticing things that need fixing or reorganizing. You might look around your home and realize that you need to squeeze in an entirely new person — and all of his or her stuff –and clean out closets and drawers to make room. You might do some deep cleaning because things seem too germy for a vulnerable newborn’s environment. You might do all of the above. sometimes, the tasks are huge, like a kitchen remodel; other times, it’s as simple as finally finishing that scrapbook. It could be baby-related or not.

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…And the second:
The nesting urge could kick in again close to your due date — some say that neurotically cleaning your home is a sign you’re about to go into labor. But seriously, don’t stress. Sure, some to-dos are important, but others can wait until after baby is born.

Clean, but clean wisely:
Okay, so it will feel really good to be prepared for the baby, but it’s also important for your health and sanity not to stress yourself. If you have unrealistic expectations for what you can get done before the birth (news flash: it’s never everything), then you’ll just wear yourself out trying. So know that plenty of it can wait until later. Also, remember that the baby isn’t going to be unimpressed if all the laundry isn’t done or if you’re shoe closet is still a mess! Take it easy and don’t stress out!

If you’re in the nesting mode and looking for nursery decoration inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest boards that are curated by color and theme. See my Pinterest boards here.

Visit Whimsy Sweet Whimsy on Pinterest for nursery decoration inspiration in all colors and themes!


Featured on Project Nursery: Coral Chevron Owl Pillow

nursery1-1024x768Recently, Whimsy Sweet Whimsy was featured in a styling session on Project Nursery’s blog. With a gorgeous collection of coral, gray, and aqua, I’m delighted to see that my Coral Chevron Owl Pillow was included in this room. Between a perfectly matched dresser, an incredible DIY stenciled wall, and my owl chevron pillow, all this room needs a cute little one and you’re set!




When Theresa was designing her first born’s nursery, she scoured Pinterest for inspiration and brought it all to life via DIY projects and Etsy products. Her piece of advice for first time parents decorating their nurseries is this: “Don’t be afraid to change paint colors! Also we had all gray nursery furniture picked out and an entirely different color palette but changed everything when we decided on the coral dresser. It’s ok to change your mind!” I second that – don’t be afraid to play with ideas or colors that weren’t your first choice!

I want to extend a huge thank you to Project Nursery and Teresa, the mommy stylist of this gorgeous nursery, for the feature on your blog. I hope little Noelle is enjoying her gorgeous new room – the colors are absolutely perfect together!

To see the full feature please visit Project Nursery’s blog & be sure to check out their gorgeous Instagram account to stay on top of all their nursery design ideas!

Photo credit: Teresa