I think anyone is hard pressed to find a better theme than a dinosaur nursery. There are so many options when it comes to decorating with dinosaurs.
In picking a theme, my first biggest lesson was if you are going to spend the time and money, make sure it will last years. You have time during pregnancy to really make a beautiful place for baby. It is much harder to find that time again when you have a baby or even a toddler. By picking a dinosaur theme, you can easily transition to a toddler room. I have yet to meet a toddler who doesn’t love dinosaurs.
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Make the nursery last longer by using decor that can turn into keepsakes. I really wished I had focused more on keepsakes as decoration. It is such a great way to remember all of those sweet moments in your nursery with your baby. They grow up seriously way too fast. There are so many ways to include a dinosaur theme with adorable keepsakes, which I will cover later.
As a side note, be sure to use all of your decorations at your baby shower to save money and to let everyone know your theme ahead of time so you can get dinosaur-themed items as gifts.
When you shop for baby shower decorations, this is a great way to save money by shopping thoughtfully and repurposing them for your nursery room decorations. My little one had a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star themed baby shower and many of the baby shower decorations were repurposed and used in her nursery. Today, her nursery remains to be one of the prettiest rooms in the house because the decorations for her baby shower were carefully thought out before they were purchased.
How do you accomplish all of this with your dinosaur nursery? Here you will find fun options and advice on dinosaur nursery bedding and decor to create a nursery that you will love.
Dinosaur Nursery Decor
The decoration is what will really set your theme. You can even do all bedding in a solid color but still have a theme if you do your decor correctly. Another way to ensure you are spending money well is to make sure most of your decor has a second purpose. Here are my favorite ideas on dinosaur nursery decor.
Spend your money on decor that will be keepsakes.
My favorite way to decorate is by creating keepsakes. Years from now, you will be so glad you have ways of remembering all of those special times with your precious baby.
If you have not done so already, one of the best ways to start preserving these keepsakes is by having a dedicated box that is just for your little one. The box you purchase can be a decorative cardboard one, or you can even use a sturdier material like a bamboo box. Whatever box you choose, this will be the designated location where all your little one’s keepsakes go. Everything from a sample of your nursery room decorations, to their going home outfit, to their first pacifier will find its home in his box.
- Dino Tracks Canvas by Pearhead
- Dinosaur Onesie by Beal Shopping
- Keepsake Dinosaur by SewBellaKeepsakes
- Dino 0-12 Month Necktie Stickers by Belly Doodles
- My first year frame by Green Pollywog
- Personalized Dinosaur Fleece Baby Blanket by Lovable Gift Co
- Grow Like a Dinosaur Height Growth Chart by EeBoo
Turn those feet into dino tracks
An absolute must no matter the theme is baby footprints. Nothing is cuter and I absolutely love the idea of dino tracks by your babysaurus. This canvas is a full kit so you could do them right when you get home from the hospital.
Turn the going home outfit into a lovey.
Before your baby is born. Buy a dinosaur onesie as their going home outfit. After you get plenty of adorable photos in it send it off to an Etsy shop to get it made into a stuffed animal. Most common is a bear onesie keepsake but some shops also do a dinosaur one.
There are so many different Etsy stores that you can choose from that will have your going home outfit turned into a stuffed animal. However, before you select an Etsy shop, make sure to do some research about it to see what other customers who have purchased from there have thought. This idea or repurposing the going home outfit may be hard for some moms because the going home outfit is so special. But, once you get over the fact that this outfit will be turned into a sweet object that they will grow with, you’re sure to love this idea just as much as I do.
Take photos each month in the theme and turn it into a my first year photo collage
When you take all of those photos each month starting with newborn, add your theme to the months such as these cute dino ties or a dinosaur onesie each month. Your other option is to get a cute little dinosaur chair or a dinosaur stuffed animal and take photos with it each month. Each month print one and add it to a my first year frame.
A Dinosaur Blanket with Baby’s Name
Other awesome keepsakes that will add to your dinosaur nursery theme include a dinosaur baby blanket. I really like the idea of adding baby’s name since that turns the blanket from just any dinosaur blanket into a keepsake.
There are some companies that will allow you to monogram the blanket when you purchase it. If you can, then you may want to start your shopping beforehand and select a baby blanket that you can then have shipped off to an Etsy store to have it monogrammed for you.
If you are into arts and crafts, that it might even be a fun activity to knit or crochet a baby blanket that follows the dinosaurs theme color palette. Going this route with the baby blanket can be super sweet because it’s an extra touch of love that store-bought blankets often miss. If you know someone who is expecting and is leaning towards a baby dinosaur themed nursery, this can be an equally great gift to give as well.
A Dinosaur Growth Chart
While it might be awhile before your baby is walking, buy a cute dinosaur growth chart because it makes great decor and then you won’t forget to start tracking their height starting at their first birthday.
Decorate with Toddler Dinosaur Items to Spend More WISELY
I was so excited to decorate my nursery that I bought a LOT. My mistake was buying only for baby. The baby phase goes by fast. You definitely need baby items but consider toys that your baby could still use when they turn 1. Not only will they add a lot of cuteness to the room but they will have a second purpose very soon.
Having a baby can get very expensive very quickly so it is always wise to take advantage of money saving opportunities. I found this to be one of the best ways to save money because the one-year-old toys will obviously be played with. And along with displaying them in the nursery, you can also display them at the birthday party too.
- OneSpace 4-Cube Organizer by OneSpace
- Dino Fabric Storage Cube Bins by Sweet Jojo Designs
- Rockabye Fossil Dinosaur Rocker by Rockabye
- Dinosaur Wooden Rocking Horse by Teamson Design Corp
- Dinosaur Kids Wooden Table and Chair Set by Teamson Design Corp
- Dinosaur Wooden Step Stool by Fantasy Fields
- Blue Dragon Children’s Chair by Sweet Seats
- Triceratops Bagosaur by Big Joe
Add dinosaurs to the play storage
You could do a dinosaur toy chest or cube storage with the bins dinosaur-themed. I am a big fan of cubicles because you can place dinosaur-themed toys or books on display in the cubicles without bins.
When you are shopping around for dinosaur play toys, keep in mind that your little one is going to explore these toys by touching them, and putting them in his or her mouth. Because of this, you want to make sure that you do your baby toy shopping wisely and purchasing only baby safe toys. I recommend shopping in your traditional brick and mortar stores because the toys that will be sold there will follow safety standards as required by law. When you shop online for toys, you run the risk of purchasing a toy that does not meet safety standards. The last thing you want in your baby’s dinosaur themed nursery is a safety hazard, so be sure to shop for toys carefully.
A Dinosaur rocker
A dinosaur-themed small table, chairs and stool
Whether it’s for snack time, arts and crafts or just a place to play with dinosaurs, every toddler needs their own tiny table. Before it’s in full use, it is nice piece of decor. You can also do just a solid color table in chairs in your color scheme as decor.
Another must-have toddler item is a stool. Buy one now in a dinosaur theme as decor. I promise it will get lots of use from just wanting to climb it, to using it to look out windows and then eventually to potty train.
A really comfy dinosaur chair or bean bag.
Toddlers love things their size and nothing beats their very own chair. You can start using it from day one by taking monthly pictures in it. The chair will provide a great size comparison. Once they do start to use it, it will encourage your little one to read.
Another fun item that will be used, while also adding a nice pop of color, is a bean bag in dinosaur form. My toddler loves these types of bean bags. They are fun to hug, lay on tummy-down or just tumble across.
Get Baby items and Toys in your Dinosaur theme
Getting small items that you can place on display or will be used in the nursery in your theme can just help to tie your theme together. Here are my favorite items to get in a nursery theme.
- Squirting Dinosaur Bath Toys by Neliblu
- Infant Pacifier Baby Dino by Wubbanub
- Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle by Melissa and Doug
- Dino Baby Lovey Blanket by Mary Meyer
- Toy Dinosaurs by 3 Bees and Me
- Gund Baby Ugg Dinosaur Baby Stuffed Animal by Gund
Toys for Baby
In a matter of months, your little baby will begin to have fun with toys in the tub. The traditional yellow duck now comes in so many different animals including dinosaurs. You could also leave some on display on a shelf, on a dresser or in a basket with all the bath items. I would get some along with a dinosaur baby towel.
Another awesome way to include your theme in baby items is to get a Wubbanub pacifier with a dinosaur. The dinosaur attached to the pacifier has a purpose which is to act as a lovey. Another popular lovey is a blanket/stuffed animal mix. You can even get one with baby’s name.
Try always nursing with the blanket lovey. The baby will associate it with you, milk and comfort. Most babies also love to hold something while they nurse. You will start to see this happen as baby gets older. If you don’t have anything for baby to hold, then they will hold your boob, hair or shirt. Avoid that with a lovey, which will help create a good sleeping environment for baby. However, don’t leave it in the crib until they are old enough.
Toys for Toddler
Here are my favorite first toddler toys: a classic stuffed animal, toys that zoom and a puzzle. These dinosaurs on wheels for sure zoom. They are so much fun. You pull them forward and then let go and watch them race off. Your toddler will watch with big eyes. Put them on a dresser, in a cube in a cubicle organizer or in a toy basket.
A wooden puzzle is really good for concentration and spatial memory. My favorite brand of puzzles and actually just toddler toys is Melissa and Doug. In case you haven’t heard of them, they are a must know brand for kids’ toys.
Use Dinosaur Books as Artwork
My absolute favorite (and my toddler’s favorite) is the Jane Yolen Series, How Do Dinosaurs _____? Jane Yolen has written so many children books you are sure to come across her in any children’s section of any library.
Another popular author of toddler books is Sandra Boynton who has two awesome books called Dinos to Go and Dinosaur Dance. Other fun books that my toddler loves which also have cute covers are Dinosaur Roar and Dinosaur Stomp.
Dino Tails is a very colorful fabric book that baby can chew making it the perfect first book.
- Dinos to Go by Sandra Boynton
- Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Stickland
- Dinosaur Dance by Sandra Boynton
- Dino Tails by Lohome
- Dinosaur Stomp! by Paul Stickland
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
Use Dinosaur-Themed Decals in addition to picture frames.
Decals have become very popular and for good reason. They are an awesome way to dress up walls and add so much color and cuteness to a room. I like to use decals to accentuate the theme. They are good to add your baby’s name or first name initial. There are even cute ones that have sweet sayings.
Just remember to pick ones that you will like for more than just for baby. With all of the cute dinosaur-themed decals available, achieving this is not difficult.
- Dinosaur Decal Custom Boys Name Nursery Art by Lovely Decals World
- Nursery Boys Name and Initial Dinosaur Decal by Decor Designs Decals
- To go to sleep I count Dinosaurs Decal by Ideemoor
- Sunny Decals Dinosaur Fabric Wall Decals by Sunny Decals
Dinosaur Nursery Bedding
Last but not least is to choose your dinosaur nursery bedding. At the very minimum, you will need a fitted crib sheet and a changing pad color. You could do just those in a dinosaur print or even just in a solid color that matches you other dinosaur accessories. Blues and greens are good choices.
A lot of bedding comes as crib sets. When looking at crib sets, pay attention to what pieces you are getting in the set and if any extra pieces are sold separately. For example, you might want to buy a crib set that doesn’t include a matching changing pad cover but that is sold separately.
Here are my three favorite sets:
- Trend Lab Dinosaur Roar Crib Bedding Set by Trend Lab
- Modern Dinosaur Baby Crib Bedding by Sweet Jojo Designs
- Roar Dinosaur Crib Bedding by Bedtime Originals
The Trend Lab set comes with a quilt, cotton sheet, skirt. You can add on or just buy a crib sheet, changing pad, plush blanket and a swaddle blanket. Depending on what items you want or don’t want this allows you to spend money wisely based on what makes sense for you. I love how the colors are bright and could easily go with many dinosaur accessories.
Sweet Jojo Designs is a beautiful modern set that comes in a 4 set and a 9 set. The nice part about this design is that you can buy literally everything in it. So, you can really make your whole nursery match very easily. You can get a lamp cover, artwork, laundry hamper, changing pad, decals and fabric bins all in the same pattern.
You can even buy the bedding set also in toddler, twin and double so if you really like it buy the bigger size now for when your baby needs a larger bed. This means you don’t need to update the theme and can instead keep all your accessories for years making your money well spent.
The Bedtime Originals set is in a beautiful blue. I love the blanket being a quilt which is so classic. You can also buy items separately, such as the crib sheet, and you can get extra items allowing you to have a more cohesive theme. The use of fabric designs such as stripes and chevrons allow you to use these patterns in artwork or other items in the room while still keeping on theme.
What will your dinosaur nursery look like?
As you begin to create that dinosaur nursery perfect for your style, remember to find ways to create keepsakes and have it easily transition from baby to toddler.
Be creative in how to add dinosaurs to baby and toddler items. A classic way is to find awesome books in your theme.
Lastly, tie it together with a dinosaur pattern or matching solid color fabric.
Once your nursery theme is complete, be sure to check out our post on how to set up your furniture for maximum organization and practical use. Trust me, you will want to know this or you might be re-arranging the first week home with baby.
Also, be sure to comment with a picture of your nursery, I can’t wait to see it!
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Trina Fitzgerald is a wife, mom, and blogger. She is the co-author of the Week-by-Week Bump Smart Course, the Nesting Planner and the Breastfeeding Handbook. She attributes her success at breastfeeding her own children with working with lactation consultants in the hospital in the early stages and on a weekly basis afterwards. By writing at MomSmartNotHard, she educates mamas-to-be on all things pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Read more about Trina.