When I first found out we were having a baby boy, I wasn’t quite sure how transition my floral-loving, ultra feminine taste to all things boys. My husband said absolutely no florals or greenery. So needless to say, I had to figure it out fast! I remember sitting in church the next day waiting for the service to start and browsing through H&M’s boy clothes and having light bulb moments realizing I LOVED boy things as long as they were neutral.
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Enter my baby boy style: it’s mostly neutral with a pop of beautiful color (just like my home style, ironically) and has fun little touches of wood and leather.
Gift Ideas & Milestone Items
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Here are a few getting started/baby shower gift ideas for the neutral lover. Whether you’re the mom to be or a friend attending a shower, you can’t go wrong with any of these! They’re unique and a little outside the normal ideas but so so beautiful.
I knew I had seen so many monthly milestone pictures with pizza boxes, stuffed animals, milestone blankets where you circle the number. Honestly I felt like they were all overdone. I wanted something unique, beautiful, and timeless. So I partnered with a small shop I love to design a kit of laser wood number and month cutouts. I specifically chose the fonts to be neutral but modern and then paired it with my favorite real touch greenery.
Some of my favorite places to shop for boy clothes are H&M, Target’s Cat and Jack line, Old Navy, Gap Baby, Zara, and Kohl’s Little Co line with Lauren Conrad. Each of those places has their fair share of bright colors and characters. But if you look hard enough, you’ll find wonderful neutrals.
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Some of my favorite boy nursery rooms have a feature wall with a beautiful boy-appropriate paint color. You can pair wood tones and touches of cognac leather to tie together the rest of the rest of the room’s decor and give a boyish look. You don’t have to pick a “theme” if you go this route and your nursery will be much more timeless. Maybe it’s from my days at Hobby Lobby where I set up endless displays with matching dino, “be brave,” and bears and buffalo check, but themed rooms full of wood signs and decor all over the walls just kind of stress me out. I designed our nursery exactly like this and you can check that post out here.
To give that touch of “baby,” I would add one or two touches like a mounted stuffed animal head, basket, or stuffed animals. Here are a few examples below.
As my son has become a toddler, finding boy appropriate neutral toys has become one of my favorite pastimes. It’s a challenge but it’s so dang fun. Right now, he loves wood pull-along toys, watching his wood truck go down his slide, opening and closing the cabinet doors on his kitchen, and jumping into his ball pit.
There are so many good choices out there for neutral boy things! You just need to know where to look. I hope this post has been extremely helpful and I’ll list everything linked below in a more shoppable way if you’re reading this from your smart phone.