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Planning a baby nursery can be an enormous task. With so many products on the market how do you choose? Most of your purchases will depend on personal preference but a few nursery basics will get you prepared for the arrival of your newborn. It’s important to make your nursery is as much functional as it is fabulous!
A crib or bassinet
This is the most essential item, your baby’s bed. Whether you pick a fancy crib or a simple bassinet, your baby’s sleeping spot will most likely become the focal point of the nursery. They both come in a variety of styles and price ranges. How much you spend and the style you choose is up to you, just make sure you are purchasing a quality item made of the best materials. Your baby will be spending a lot of time here!
Baby video monitor and mount
I can tell you from personal experience, one of the hardest things for a new parent to do is to relax when your baby is in another room. Baby monitors help relieve that stress by allowing the parents to have constant audio and visual contact with their baby. This is a top essential for most parents. Once again there are a ton of brands and price ranges. See our list of top baby video monitors and find what best suits your budget.
The VuSee by Beratek Industries is the only universal baby monitor mount on the market. It is quick and easy to install, compatible with most baby monitors and allows you to see the entire crib with perfect monitor angle. The VuSee also is a safety product that helps prevent strangulation from a monitor cord. It is a must have for baby’s nursery!
Lots of diaper changing will be going on during your baby’s first year. While you ae busy learning how to change a diaper on the fly it is incredibly helpful to have an organized, stationary changing table in the baby’s nursery. Having quick access to the essentials like diapers, wipes and ointments is a huge help during this hectic time! Whether you pick a table with shelves, drawers or a combination of both how you organize it is up to you. Most changing tables come with a comfortable changing pad for baby to lay on, if not they are available to purchase separately as well.
Hot in baby’s room? Maybe not but an electric fan does more than cool off the room during nap time. It provides white noise that helps mask household noises like doorbells or barking dogs. The hazy whirl that helps relax and put your little one to sleep can be a life saver! No room for a fan? Try setting a radio between stations to get that sweet sound of static, or download one of many cell phone apps with your choice of noises from hair dryers, vacuums and heart beats. As always make sure to keep fans and cords far away from baby’s reach.
Your little one will definitely go through several changes of clothing each day. Keeping all those tiny clothes in an organized dresser is a much needed thing. Dressers should have at least three drawers and should have several compartments to separate socks, bibs, onesies and other small items.
So your baby won’t be afraid of the dark right away (or maybe never) so mom and dad this one is more for you! A decorative night-light will help to guide you through the nursery for those 2 am feedings without bumping your toes! The night-light’s mellow glow instead of the glare of a light bulb also will help your baby learn to distinguish between night and day!
While not truly a night-light my youngest son loved his Glowing Seahorse (Fisher Price) Bonus, it searved a source of light AND it played soothing music which was a huge bonus!
With all the clothes that your baby will go through, you will quickly find a convenient hamper in the nursery is a huge help! Hampers are available in a wide range of styles, sizes and materials. Keep in mind that many bedding sets offer coordinating hamper designs.
Rocking chair or glider
A comfortable rocking chair or glider for feeding and rocking your baby to sleep is very important. You will spend countless number of hours bonding with your baby but you will be almost completely immobile. Consider a side table next to your chair to keep snacks, bottled water, a few magazines or a novel to help keep you comfortable while soothing your baby.
Mobiles have long been a nursery fundamental. They help to soothe babies to sleep and keep them entertained when they wake up. Most mobiles have a music feature and variety of moving figurines that range from lights, mirrors and figurines. Some crib bedding sets come with matching mobiles but there also is a huge variety of them on the market that can be purchased separately.
Now that you are set with the nursery essentials you can start adding those personal touches and themes that will make your nursery unique to your parenting style! Pinterest is a great resource for nursery themes. Congratulations and happy shopping!