Setting up your crib, finding the rocker you love, adding artwork to the walls, folding the tiny newborn clothes - all the feels of setting up your baby's room!
Here are my top 5 nursery item must-haves (plus a few to skip!)
Nesting is real. It has happened to me every pregnancy, at different times. I loved setting up each one of my girls rooms - even when some items were staying the same.
As a mom of 4, close in age, we did the room shuffle multiple times. Although the decor might have changed, there are some non-negotiable nursery items that I made sure each girl had.
Crib & Mattress
While this might seem obvious to have a crib and mattress in your baby's room, there are elements of the crib that need to be discussed. Your crib should not have a drop down side. Your crib should have different mattress levels. I also recommend a crib that has a solid back - it saves you from the inevitable - pacifiers being knocked behind the crib. You also should not use anything in the crib except a mattress and tightly fitted sheet - no cute bumpers (even the mesh ones), no blankets, no monitoring devices, no stuffed animals, no mobile attached to the crib, no camera on the crib, no shushing device in the crib. Note on mattresses - there are many that claiming to be breathable or 'better' for your baby's sleep. In the US, all crib mattresses are tested to the same standards, a $50 mattress is equally as good as a $200 mattress. High back and solid back crib
You will spend what feels like half your baby's life in that rocker. Choose one that you want and don't settle. While you may be offered one from family or friends, you are more than welcome to use that, but make sure it is something that you feel is comfortable. While it might feel unnecessary to spend the extra money on a rocker you love, your body will thank you! Features to consider!
I am a camera lover for the early days and beyond. It gave me peace of mind knowing I could see my baby. I recommend one that has a monitor and not just an app on your phone. I also suggest one that has multiple cameras. Having a dual (or more) option on your monitor is great in order to add a camera to the playroom or for future kids. Choosing one with wi-fi is personal preference. It isn't necessary but some parents find it useful for when they are out and want to check in on baby. Fav Wi-fi Camera Fav no wi-fi Camera
I have been using a sound machine since my oldest was born. There are so many on the market now, and my oldest is only 7! I am a personal fan of the Dohm White Noise Machine. There are no bells and whistles, just adjustable white noise. I also love their portable Yogasleep Rohm White Noise Machine for travel. I suggest white noise for naps and bedtime. I do not recommend using white noise while you are out and about. It is unnecessary to have one attached to your stroller.
There is also the ever popular Hatch. This is a great option as your child grows since it becomes an OK-to-wake clock when they are toddlers.
Children do best sleeping in dark environments. Blocking any outside light is beneficial for many reasons. Light won't interfere with melatonin production, the darker the better, for melatonin production. Early morning light won't wake the baby, especially when the sun rises between 5:00 and 6:00 am. I personally spend a little more on quality black out curtains since they can last for years. When buying black out curtains, buy ones that are longer and wider than your window - reduce the chance of any light getting in. Here is my favorite!
There are also some products on the market that I don't recommend for sleep. To reduce the urge to even use these items for sleep, just don't buy them or let them in your house.
Dock-A-Tot or any baby lounger
Mattress Positioner - You should never have your baby sleep on an incline
Setting up your baby's nursery, whether it is your first or your fourth. is exciting! If you want to start healthy sleep habits from day 1, you can schedule a 45-minute Consultation Call will me to talk about newborn sleep foundations, how to approach tough sleep challenges during the fourth trimester, how to get your baby to sleep and more.
Wishing you restful sleep,
About Danielle: Danielle is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Coach and founder of The Restful Haus, where she helps families 1:1 with their children ages 0 - 6 years old. She is a New Jersey native and currently resides in Colorado with her husband and 4 daughters (ranging from 21 months to 7 years old). She enjoys spending time with her family, the Jersey Shore, music, traveling with her husband + kiddos and on the rare occasion, sitting down to read a murder mystery book.
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