It’s no secret you need a crib, a changing table, and somewhere to store baby’s sweet little outfits. But what else do you need?
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Now that Liam is 12 months old (holy moly!), I think I have a pretty good idea of what is absolutely needed in a nursery during that first year. Nobody told me this – it’s just what I’ve learned through trial and error.
If you’re bringing home baby soon, I highly recommend taking this list to heart! Your first year will go much smoother if you have these 5 things in your nursery.
1. A sound machine
I’ve mentioned this in previous posts (here and here), and I’ll keep mentioning it because sound machines are a life-saver! We have this one and it’s perfect – it has multiple settings, works on power and on batteries (so we can take it with us), and is small and compact so it doesn’t take up a bunch of precious space. A sound machine is necessary for baby - especially super young ones! It reminds them of the womb and it blocks out other sounds. White noise is our preferred setting, but your baby may like something else.
2. A camera and/or baby monitors
So we had monitors from day 1 but we didn’t get a camera until Liam was about 5 months old. I wish we got a camera sooner! It really gives you peace of mind to be able to see your little one wiggle around in the room. Not only that, but if your baby is crying or moaning, you can take a peek and see what’s going on before you go in. It’s super helpful! We have this extremely simple one from Amazon, but there are tons that have wi fi and even connect to your phone.
Baby monitors are great too, especially if you’re going to be on the other side of the house, or even outside. We take ours with us if we’re going to grandma’s so if he naps there we can still easily hear him. They’re so portable! We got these basic ones and have 0 complaints after using them for a year!
We’ve had this humidifier in Liam’s room since the first day and we use it constantly. His room isn’t as climate controlled as all the others (no idea why) so the humidifier helps keep it a little more regulated. Pediatrician’s recommend one to help in the winter months, since it gets so dry. This is especially important for babies prone to dry skin (which is a lot of them!)
4. A nightlight
I feel like a lot of people don’t think of this one! We have a nightlight and a salt lamp in Liam’s room. Trust me, in the middle of the night you’re going to be happy you have some sort of light in there. You don’t want to turn on the main light in the room and disturb baby while you go in there to feed them, so a nightlight is a perfect alternative. Honestly, Liam won’t sleep in total darkness now because of the nightlight, but that’s not an issue for us. We like it!
5. Black-out or darkening curtains
Okay, this seems to go against #4, but hear me out. When baby is adjusting to the world, it’s very helpful to make the room as dark as possible (aside from a small nightlight) during nighttime. Some people even suggest making it very dark during nap-time, to help baby sleep. Either way, it’s beneficial to block out all that outside light, be it from the moon or from street lamps. Anything to lessen stimulation is welcomed!
That’s it - those are the 5 things I think you NEED for your nursery before bringing baby home, no questions about it. Make sure to add these to your registry so you don’t have to worry about getting them!
Mamas, is there something in your nursery you couldn’t do without? Tell me in the comments!
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