You don’t have to compromise your style just because you have a little one on the way. While a glance around the infant and toddler section of just about any local retailer will convince you otherwise, there’s more to the modern nursery than primary-colored plastic. You just have to dig a little bit deeper to find it. Independent designers, modern boutiques, and stores that sell stylish goods for the rest of the home often offer surprisingly chic high chairs, rockers, cribs, bassinets, and other items for the newest members of our families.
Here’s a look at nine modern baby items that will bring sleek minimalist flair to your nursery in progress.
Monte White Rockwell Bassinet — Crate & Barrel
No clunky silhouettes or chintzy materials here. Crate & Barrel’s offshoot Crate&kids offers the gorgeous handcrafted Monte Rockwell Bassinet, featuring a copper-plated steel frame, walnut rockers, a removable microsuede cover, and 100 percent cotton sheets.
Mid-Century 3-Drawer Dresser — DwellStudio at AllModern
Your midcentury style doesn’t have to stop at the door to the baby’s room. The Mid-Century 3-Drawer Dresser by DwellStudio presents clean lines, vintage hourglass-inspired drawer pulls, and space for a changing pad on top. It’s made of solid wood and comes in crisp white and dreamy french gray.
Midcentury Crib and Mattress Set — West Elm
This midcentury crib by West Elm is pleasing to look at, and it’s made from Fair Trade certified, sustainably sourced wood and finished with a water-based sealant to boot. It’s even GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means it either meets or exceeds stringent chemical and VOC emissions standards, and it comes with a GREENGUARD-certified mattress, too.
Dottie Bookcase — Babyletto
Here’s a piece you’ll wish you could scale up to use in the living room. The Dottie Bookcase by Babyletto is a stylish way to keep the nursery organized, and it comes with an anti-tip kit for extra safety. It’s made with sustainable wood and non-toxic water soluble paint finishes, with customizable pastel accent buttons available to bring in some subtle colors if you please.
Babycrib Lola — Bermbach
Sculptural, breathable, and just plain beautiful, Bermbach’s Babycrib Lola takes inspiration from traditional basket weaving, with a little added transparency so baby can gaze around the room.
TIBU High Chair — Charlie Crane
Not only will the TIBU High Chair by Charlie Crane look amazing at your dining table, but it’s also multipurpose, transitioning from a high chair for babies as young as six months (when used with an add-on baby set and tabletop) to a booster seat for kids up to eight years of age. Optional washable floral cushions switch up its look and provide a little more comfort, but all of the surfaces on this simple seat are easy to clean.
Compass Rocker — Nursery Works at 2Modern
Chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting in a rocking chair after your baby is born, so you might as well go for max comfort and style. The Compass Rocker by Nursery Works offers padded support for your back, neck, and arms, and its arched metal legs make soothing baby to sleep as smooth as possible.
Mint Green Crib with Gray Felt and Matching Baby Gym — &Me
Handmade in the Netherlands, this crib by &Me harkens back to the 1960s with its fuss-free shape and comes with a felt guard for safety. Pair it with the brand’s sweet baby gym, which itself has been outfitted with beads and rings for visual and tactile stimulation, for a harmonious effect.