Some people will tell you that blackout curtains aren't necessary for a nursery, but I disagree. Especially if you live in an apartment, condo, or on a busy street. We live in a condo and Oliver's window opens into the parking lot. At night, when car's drive in to park, their lights shine in his window and wake him up. The blackout curtains also help with afternoon napping in his room. They may not be the most fashionable pieces of hardware, but they are functional and smart.
We got Oliver's from Amazon for free, but also bought another pair for our bedroom because they work so well. They also help kids sleep in past sun rise *hallelujah*
2. Drawers over Closets
Hanging baby clothes is the cutest, but it also isn't practical in the long run. It takes twice as long to hang clothes as it does to fold them, and if they hang low, baby can pull them off the hangers. Make sure you nursery has plenty of drawers for storing clothes. We have two large dressers in Oliver's room. One functions as a changing table top, and the other has enough drawers to hold excess toys, blankets, etc. I hang special dress clothes in the closet, but the majority go in the drawers. Just because you have time to hang those tiny outfits while waiting for baby doesn't mean you will have that luxury when baby gets here.
There is never such thing as too many storage bins! Every time I see bins in the dollar spot at Target or on sale I pick them up. The shelf in Oliver's closet as 5 basket that hold: socks, crafts, baby books, extra wipes, and important paper work. This keeps his room from getting cluttered.
4. Toy Baskets
Another organizational necessity is toy baskets. I hate toys littering the nursery at night. I am so scared I am going to step on one in the dark. However, I don't want to just shove toys into a corner. That would drive me insane! Instead, I got 3 basket for the nursery. 1 holds stuffed animals, 1 holds superheroes, and the third holds plastic toys. Every evening I throw all of the toys in their basket and the room looks neat and tidy.
Geometric design is so popular right now, but that can also introduce sharp edges into the nursery. You never want to worry about safety while your child plays in their room. If you have cute geometric pieces, put them up high so their corners aren't in reach of your child. I put a large stuffed animal against the sharp corner of one of his dressers, and the other one has rounded edges. I also got basket that were rounded (see above) and rounded dresser knobs. Kids will find ways to get hurt, but don't let your design introduce additional dangers simply because they are fashionable.
A cute nursery is something that most mother's crave, but a functional space will make your nursery a safe place for baby instead of simply a show room that takes good photos.