Nursery Baby Essentials

Putting together the baby’s nursery is one of the things that helped the reality of “we’re going to have a baby!” set in for me.  We transformed our guest bedroom into a cozy place where we spent many hours after Jeremiah was born.  While some people use the nursery from day one, others like to have their babies sleep in their room with them for a while.  Regardless, these are baby items my friends and I have found to be invaluable for the nursery.

Essential:

Night lights – these are great for lighting the way for those midnight feedings.  I’d recommend one for your room, the baby’s room, and the hallway.  I really like these LCD lights…they give off a gentle light that helps you see, but doesn’t make the room bright.

Crib Mattress – There are SO many options when you search online!  And while you can easily spend over $100 on one, I found the best was this one from walmart.com.  It’s a little bigger so it fits the crib snugly and got great reviews.  For under $40, I was excited to get such a great deal!

Waterproof Crib Pad – Get two of these so when you need to wash the sheets, you will have a clean one to put back on the bed right away.  These are great for protecting the mattress and make washing up messes in the crib easy!

Changing Dresser – I found a great deal on ours from Craigslist!  Get one with lots of drawers (I like to keep all the current baby clothes and diapers stored there) so everything is within arm’s reach while you’re changing diapers/clothing.  You can buy one that is marketed as a changing table, or just look for a nice well-made dresser you can use after the baby is potty trained.

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Crib – This is another one I found for a great deal on Craigslist.  We got one that will turn into a toddler and then full size bed, so it will last us a LONG time!  Note: if you buy one used, make sure all the bolts and screws are included (it’s even better if you can help disassemble it).  If not, you may be running to Lowe’s to get extra bolts or special-ordering them online.

Crib Sheets – Get two or three sets of these as well.  That way when you need to wash bedding, you have one ready to go for the next nap or bed time without being in a hurry to wash them up.

Rocking Chair – I don’t even want to think about the number of hours I spent sitting in that chair during Jeremiah’s first year of life.  You can buy one for cheap, but honestly, you will use it so much, it’s worth splurging on if you can!  Here is a link to my “dream” rocking chair.  Getting one that reclines is a great feature so you can lean back and doze while feeding/snuggling your baby in the middle of the night.

Black Out Curtains – These are so good to have for nap time!  At first, infants can sleep anywhere, but eventually they will get sensitive to light and having a nice dark room for them to sleep in is so helpful.

Nice to Have:

Breathable Mesh Crib Liner – This gave me a peace of mind while Jeremiah was little that it would keep his little arms and legs from getting stuck between the crib bars.  These are much safer than the traditional bumpers, which may be linked to SIDS deaths.

Clock – This is nice for keeping track of feeding times, sleeping patterns, etc.  I found this one at Target and love the simplicity of it as well as the price.  It comes in a variety of colors, so you should be able to find one to match your nursery decor!

Well, there you have it!  I’m not going to give any advice in decorating (definitely NOT my strong point), but here are some pictures from Jeremiah’s room just for fun.  I am thankful to Pinterest for giving me most of the decorating ideas for his room!

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If you want to see my entire list of Baby Essentials, you can click here: Baby Registry List Also, I’d love to have you follow me on Pinterest. Here’s the board I made to help me visualize all the baby essentials my friends recommended to me (along with a few favorites I’ve added along the way).

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