Are you decorating a nursery room to welcome home your little bundle of joy?
Once you have all your nursery essentials – crib, changing table, dresser, rocking chair, baby monitor, hamper, etc. – now it’s time to have fun putting the room together! Since it can be a bit overwhelming to create the perfect environment for your little one, a check list of must-haves is very helpful in making sure you’ll have everything ready for baby’s arrival. Check out our list of recommended items:
A small nightlight in the room can help comfort baby so it’s not pitch dark. In addition, the extra light can be helpful when you enter to check in on your little one during the night. If baby is sound asleep, you can tiptoe out of the room without having to turn on the light.
Have some soothing sounds on hand to calm baby before naptime. Our Sea Dreams Lullaby Soother attaches to baby’s crib and features 25 minutes of melodies from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and nature. It also has a “drift off” feature that will gradually soften the music to gently ease your little one into sleep.
You don’t want to have to carry dirty diapers from one room to another, so be sure to have a diapers-only pail next to the changing table. Diaper pails will also help contain unpleasant odors so they don’t escape.
Toys such as a clip-on mirror can engage and entertain your baby while she is laying in her crib. Our interactive Lights & Melodies Mirror will fascinate her with its changing lights, music and colors, and of course, her own reflection! You might also want to try one of our plush, cuddly Melody Makers. Just clip on and pull the handle to play nature sounds and music. Eventually, baby will start to pull the handle on her own to entertain herself.
Keeping a journal/notebook in the nursery can help you keep track of your little one’s schedule in the beginning. Record when baby napped or when she was fed. This can help identify and establish patterns and will also alert you to any changes.
Think Outside the Crib
Nursery playtime doesn’t have to be confined to the crib. Keep a few toys at hand in the room to sit on the floor and play with your little one. Baby can enjoy the fun features of our new Caterpillar and Friends Play Gym, a soft floor mat with motion-activated activities. The interactive Around the World Cradling Bouncer is also a fan favorite.
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