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There was a time not so long ago when the rules for nursery decor simply meant pink for girls and blue for the boys. You could throw some green and yellow in there, sure, but by and large many people stuck to these traditional color schemes.
That's no longer the case, though, as more and more new parents are embracing the beauty of gender-neutral design and colors.
So what does that look like? Well, you can still certainly incorporate elements of blue and pink, but there are so many fresh and fun furniture pieces, accessories and baby essentials that don't allude to any gender at all. From sweet animal designs to soft combinations of white and gray, there are tons of adorable nursery elements sure to delight all babies (and parents)!
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Sleep Sheep Snug Rug by Cloud b, $58, Amazon
This adorable rug measures 30 inches in diameter and is the perfect place for tummy time, nap time or anytime. It creates a safe padded play area for baby, and it's even machine-washable!
Pillowfort Bear Night Light, $17, Target
This sweet bear night light will provide your baby or toddler with a soft and comforting glow at night, and will look especially cute with other animal-themed accessories.
Aden + Anais Jungle Jam Swaddling Cloths (set of four), $50, Nordstrom
Each of these soft swaddling cloths is covered with tiny and delightful jungle animals like elephants, giraffes and more.
Lolli Living Naturi Bookend Friends, $44, Amazon
These adorable knit elephant bookends will add a touch of personality to any bookshelf.
3. Ubbi Diaper Pail, $80, Nordstrom
As far as diaper pails go, it doesn't get more sleek and futuristic than this design from Ubbi — which comes in a variety of candy colors as well. (We love the simplicity and versatility of the white version.)
Woodland Nursery Decor (set of four), $36, Amazon
This adorable set would look lovely above the crib, and will add some soothing earth tones to the room.
Pearhead Babyprints Photo Frame Kit, $20, Amazon
When putting together a nursery, don't forget to leave space for pictures of your baby. This kit includes the "clean-touch" ink you'll need to take your baby's first footprints and handprints along with the paper.
Delta Children Harbor Changing Table, $60, Jet
We love the industrial-chic look of this affordable wooden changing table from Delta Children, which is constructed with lead-compliant finish options. A stretcher bar adds stability, while the guard rail ensures safety for your little one.
Essential Baby Quilt, $109, Parachute Home
Parachute is the ultimate one-stop shop for bedding. Recently the brand rolled out a baby line that has people talking. This blanket is incredibly soft — you may even want to roll up in it and take a nap!
Delta Classic Sweet Beginnings Bassinet, $34, Walmart
This Walmart best-seller has more than 350 five-star reviews, and an excellent price. The canopy is adjustable and removable, and the bassinet comes outfitted with a washable, fitted mattress. This is a great starter-bed for baby.
Fringe Rug, $159, The Land of Nod
The Southwestern design on this rug from The Land of Nod has a simple and low-key color scheme, perfect for any nursery with neutral tones.
Angel Line Celine Glider And Ottoman, $110, Walmart
A comfortable glider is a nursery essential, and we love the cozy cushions and the gray-and-white color combination that goes with just about everything. Plus, this one comes with a side pocket for storing books and tablets.
DaVinci Kalani Two-in-One Mini Crib and Twin Bed, $146, Target
Gray is a calming and aesthetically pleasing color for any room, and will lend itself to a modern, gender-neutral nursery. We love this one from DaVinci because it can be adjusted as your baby grows, and even converted into a twin bed later on.
Cloud Island Plush Changing Pad in Scallop, $11, Target
This plush changing pad cover from Cloud Island is covered in a sweet and versatile black, white and gray color scheme.
Tik Tak Design Co. Baby Crib Mobile, $40, Amazon
If you're looking for an example of how blue can be used in your gender-neutral nursery, look no further than this mobile! The darling star design rendered in shades of blue, white and gray is playful and sure to inspire sweet dreams for your little one.
Rocky Mountain Decals Removable Cactus Wallpaper, $32, Etsy
For anyone developing a California-cool nursery, or one with a whimsical, bohemian aesthetic, this removable cactus wallpaper is the perfect decorative accent.
Custom Animal Alphabet Art Print, $76, Minted
Picking out artwork to hang in your home is always fun, but it can be especially delightful when it comes to decorating the nursery. This colorful and charming alphabet print, which has three different color variations, comes customized with the name of your child.
Newport Blackout Curtain Panel, $79, Pottery Barn Kids
If your nursery decor leans toward all things preppy, Pottery Barn Kids may be your new favorite shopping hub. We love the crisp, clean look of these white and navy curtains—plus they're blackout panels that help both light and sound, making nap time that much easier.
Dr. Seuss and Friends Clock, $40, Buy Buy Baby
Sometimes a classic is all you need. From Horton (who heard a Who) to Red Fish and Blue Fish, all your favorite childhood characters are present on this wall clock we found at Buy Buy Baby.
Little Love Unisex Comforter, $32, Walmart
Your baby will have sweet dreams in this cozy comforter by Little Love. Reviewers love it because it's versatile and can even be passed down from one baby to another.
Little Seeds Maple Lane Dove Three-Drawer Changing Table, $153, Toys R Us
If you're looking for a piece of nursery furniture that can grow with your baby, this simple, modern three-drawer dresser and changing table is a great fit. With timeless clean lines and tons of storage, this dresser can be of use for years to come.
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