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Cute vintage baby nursery furniture & decor from the fifties (1955-1957)

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Look back at adorable vintage 1950s nursery decor and furniture from the fifties, plus get advice from interior decorators about that to put in old-school baby bedrooms.

Vintage 1950s nursery tips: How to make the room practical & colorful

Article from The Times (Munster, Indiana) May 1, 1955

The matter at hand: how to decorate a nursery.

“All right,” interior decorator Sidney Liberman said. “Let’s start out with this premise. The baby is going to grow. And if the room doesn’t grow with him, it’s going to cost more money and more time later. So we’re going to decorate the nursery in its most flexible manner.”

1950s nursery furniture style from 1958 (3)

1950s nursery furniture style from 1958 (1)

1950s nursery furniture style from 1958 (2)

Color in the baby’s nursery

The old coupling of blue for boys and pink for girls is silly. Choose the colors that are the easiest to live with, and the easiest colors are the simple tones.

For wall coverings, the Libermans use washable paints of the late variety because children soon learn how to smudge and crayon.

Yellow vintage 50s nursery furniture - Crib and playpen

Wall decor for the baby’s room

On a simple, washable color, the decorations are hung. Nursery story pictures, maps, posters, and even advertisements and illustrations are fine. They can be changed from time to time to give variety to a familiar setting.

1950s baby changing table with Kleenex

Look up to the ceiling

This is where the Liberman creativity begins to gallop. The ceilings in many of the nurseries they have designed are papered. The Libermans use tea box paper, marbelized paper, paper with photographic effects, and even texture.

Yellow 50s baby nursery with low crib

Vintage baby nursery furniture

Besides the crib, there should be at least one piece of adult furniture. The Libermans recommend a convertible loveseat or sofa like Turn-a-Bed.

It gives visitors a place to sit. It gives the child a feeling for the adult world into which he will grow. And it makes extra sleeping space for a nurse or mother.

1950s baby nursery decor in yellow and blue with a chair for mom

The upholstery should be finished with a silicone treatment to resist spots and stains.

In addition, there can be long, low shelves with adjustable pegs for toy storage and later on for books. There can also be a coffee table covered in some wear-resistant tile like rubber.

The only piece of children’s furniture should be chairs. These, along with the crib, are the only items that need be discarded later.

Giving baby a bottle - 1956

Retro tips for storage space

Everything should be put into the closet. Clothing rods can be moved higher as the child grows. Drawers ‘should be built into the closet to leave the nursery clear and uncluttered.

If it’s {impossible to get the drawers into the closet, the Libermans suggest either an old “lowboy” or a new, unpainted chest of drawers. Suggestion: It can very profitably be covered with a vinyl-coated paper like Con-Tact.

Retro baby closet storage (1950s)

What to use on the nursery floor

Stay away from rugs. They can be dangerous to an adult carrying a squirming infant.

The Liberman idea: vinyl tile or rubber, cork or linoleum covering that is resilient, scarproof and easily cleaned. Sometimes, even a spatter-painted hardwood floor makes a fine finish.

Vintage vinyl flooring catalog from the 1950s (9)

Vintage baby nursery window decor

Drapes gather dust, and so do Venetian blinds. For the nursery, the Libermans often use old-fashioned window shades which they spray-paint in matching color and flat-paint with a decorative border.

1950s baby nursery - pink bassinet

Bunny Suite baby nursery furniture & decor, including custom handles (1955)

Vintage baby nursery decor from 1956 - Bunnies

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Sweet vintage Mother Goose crib & more nursery decor from 1955

The Thayer “Mother Goose” crib is a wonderful new model, with exclusive Snap-Fast hardware.

Mother can assemble it in minutes, with no tools! Double drop sides, moving on chrome-plated rods with bar toe treadle… In maple, wax or honey birch, or white, gray or frosted gray enamel.

Vintage baby nursery decor from 1955 - Duck on crib

Adorable vintage crib and baby bedroom furniture

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Vintage baby nursery decor from 1955 - cute furniture

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Vintage 50s nursery furniture with little ducklings (1955)

The beautiful Thayer “Duckling” crib

Vintage baby nursery decor from 1956 - Ducklings

Million dollar baby sale (1953)

Save, mothers and mothers-to-be. Save while the saving’s good!

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1954 Thayer baby gear and nursery furniture for the home

Retro 1950s layette and nursery decor in blue

Retro 1950s layette and nursery decor in blue

Poem: Is there a baby in the house? (1953)

Is there a baby in the house poem from Nov 1953

Look there,
there by the door,
there where a shoe and a crumpled sock, and a bright
red block, and a short fat elephant clutter the floor,
and the signs are clear…
A baby is near.

Look there,
there by the stair,
by the cellar stair to the washing machine, there’s a
stack of diapers that ought to be clean and a clutter
of strange looking things to wear,
and the signs are clear…
A baby lives here.

Look there,
there by the table,
there where the milk drips down in a puddle, and fruit
and cereal mix in a muddle, and a soiled bib swings from
a silver cable,
all signs that are clear…
A baby eats here.

Look there,
there in the bed,
there where a red-faced cherub lies, thumb in his mouth,
and tight-shut eyes, and his bottom higher than his head.
Quiet, quiet, it’s perfectly clear…
A baby sleeps here.

Look there,
look in the eyes,
and look in the hearts
of those who watch while a baby sleeps,
who will come at a call if he wakes and weeps,
who forget the diapers and broken toys,
who remember the tears and fears and joys
and the catch in the throat, and the hearts clutch
when small hands fumble, and reach, and touch —
Yes, look in their hearts, and the signs are clear…
A baby lives here.

Dedicated to mothers and fathers of America by Johnson & Johnson – makers of Johnson’s Baby Powder, Baby Oil, Baby Lotion, Baby Cream, Baby Soap and Cotton Buds.

Father with newborn baby (1950)

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