You’re expecting your first baby, what could be more exciting? Planning for a new baby is fun and decorating the nursery is even better, What kind of crib should you buy? Do you need a swing?  Should you buy a high chair now or later?  Questions, questions and more questions. There are so many products to choose from and each year  something new comes on the market that every parent thinks she must have.

The first rule of thumb when planning your nursery is to sit down and make a list of items you think you will need. Some of the items are must-haves. But it’s not always easy to know what will actually make you and your baby’s life simpler or what’s just the newest trend.

Once you have your list, set a budget and try your hardest to stick to it. You can buy baby furniture and equipment for as little as three dollars and up into the thousands. Many times you will find yourself returning items you thought you would need but realize aren’t necessary once the baby is born.

The following list will help you create a well-outfitted nursery for your precious baby.

  • Convertible Car seat with two bases(one for each car), to safely bring baby home.
  • Standard-sized crib. (30”x 54”)
  • Standard-sized crib mattress (27 ¼ “ x 52”) Organic crib mattresses are available.
  • You may also use a co-sleeper instead of a crib, if desired. This allows parents to have baby at arm’s reach but in her own bed.
  • Waterproof crib mattress pad
  • 4 fitted crib sheets (28” x 52”) for standard crib.
  • Musical crib mobile with remote for turning on and off
  •  Glider, Rocker or big, comfortable chair. Rozzie from Scottsdale says, “ having a big, cushy chair in the nursery allowed me to sit Indian style while feeding baby Dylan, making us both really comfortable.”
  • Armoire for storage if the room has no closet.
  • Changing Table or Chest of Drawers with Changing Pad on top.
  • Baby swing
  • Musical bouncy seat with vibration and above-head toy attachment.
  • Baby positioner to cradle baby’s head and neck in swing, stroller or car-seat.
  • Exercise ball to help with a colicky or cranky baby. Jill from Arizona says, “ Logan stopped crying as soon as I held him and gently bounced up and down, a real life-saver!”
  • Diaper pail and replacement bags, available in different styles.
  • Baby hamper.
  • Trash can.
  • 3 binky’s
  • 4 swaddling blankets
  • 1 small and 1 medium sleep swaddler with Velcro for easier swaddling (if desired)
  • 6 long-sleeved newborn sleepers or onesies.
  • 3-4 newborn long-sleeved outfits. Babies grow fast!
  • 4 of booties and/or socks to keep those tiny feet warm.
  • 4 receiving blankets.
  • 6 burp cloths.
  • 6 bibs with snap or Velcro fasteners.
  • Baby bathtub or bath sponge for sink.
  • 3 hooded baby bath towels.
  • 6 baby washcloths.
  • Baby shampoo, bath wash and lotion.
  • Mild laundry detergent for baby clothes.
  • 2 boxes of newborn diapers or 12 newborn cloth diapers with covers, to start.
  • Baby monitor (comes with or without video function).
  • Night light.
  • CD player with repeat button.
  • Lullaby CD’s for naptime.
  • Stuffed bear with heartbeat sounds and/or white noise machine. Amy from Phoenix says, “every nursery should have a white noise machine in their baby’s room. It’s so calming!”
  • Baby wipes.
  • Tissues.
  • Infant thermometer, baby pain reliever drops, nasal syringe, saline nose spray and first aid kit including ipecac syrup.
  • Poison control number posted in clear sight.
  • Cotton swabs, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, diaper ointment and baby oil.
  • Nail file for baby’s nails and toenails.
  • 6 BPA-free baby bottles, bottle warmer, bottle brush and drying rack. Paula from Georgia says, “It’s great that baby bottles are now labeled as BPA-free and I know I am keeping baby Rose safe.”
  • If nursing, breast pump, pads, storage bags or bottles and lanolin cream for soreness.
  • Diaper bag with changing pads and pockets to hold supplies.
  • Baby window shade for the car.
  • Attaching travel mirror to view car-seated baby in back. Karen from New Jersey says, “having this mirror provided me with piece of mind. Knowing I didn’t have to turn around to see my baby made it safer for all of us.”
  • A few rattles and newborn toys. Young babies respond to the color red.
  • Camera
  • Thank-you notes.
  • Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions book  by Blythe Lipman. A great parenting book with quick and easy tips to help make that first year with baby a breeze! www.babyinstructions.com
     
    You will need to purchase other items as your baby gets older. But the above list will give you a head-start and prevent unnecessary trips to the baby store during those first few months. Have fun and enjoy your new little bundle!Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working in the field for over twenty-five years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at  www.babyinstructions.com,,Amazon.com and all major bookstores . You can hear Blythe’s weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST @ http://www.toginet.com  Blythe is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. Become her Fan on Facebook and Twitter at Baby Instructions.©Blythe Lipman 2011

     

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