What your nursery REALLY needs
As Thriving Mommies we learn a lot as we go. There have been so many things we have thought we wanted/needed as parents only to have them go untouched. For example, have you ever noticed that your kids want to play with the tissue paper their gifts are wrapped in more than the gift itself? Welcome to parenthood. Had we known all the things we know now before our first we would have saved TONS of time and money. When our fellow TW Mrs. A asked us to whip up a nursery post, we were happy to share what we have found along the way. First up...Nic's Mint & Grey Neutral Nursery.
- Comfy rocker or glider
- Should have high arms to help support you during feeds
- High back
- Recliner is a plus
- Back "wings" are a plus (not pictured) in case you need a quick snooze
- For your phone, ipad, drinks/snacks - you won't want to get up!
- I like things that do double duty, so I just stuck a changing pad right on top of the cute vintage dresser I had custom painted to match my marvelous mint nursery. No need for an expensive "changing table", you can get a second hand dresser instead!
- Some people simply change their babies on the floor or any nearby surface, so I'd say this one is optional.
- As you can see here, this room gets pretty bright, but that's not so good when trying to regulate a newborns backward sleep cycles, or when the time changes and it's still light out at 8pm. Any dark curtains or blinds will do, "blackout" is optional.
- Totally up for interpretation based on your nursery design. I put clothes in this dresser but the supplies could've gone in one of those top drawers as well. If you are faced with a blowout, you want those things easily accessible!
Granted, Em had a bit of a different story with her twins, but agrees with all of Nic's picks above. Heck, you could even wait on the crib for a few months if you plan to co-sleep like she did!
~Even though your baby(ies) won't be sleeping in here right away, I used mine all the time to put down a baby (or in my case two) so I could do things around their room. They loved relaxing in there and looking up at their mobiles or just watching me while I bustled around while singing to them. I had three requirements when crib shopping: safe, plain and cheap. These were a steal at only $89!
2. Organic sheets
~There is something about my babies rubbing their faces on fabric that made me hard core organic only...that of course is a personal call...
3. Changing table with storage for cloth diapers/covers
~This changing table met my requirements of safe, cheap and plain as well and matched perfectly with the cribs. It came with a pad (and belt for wiggly babies) and was perfect for holding all my cloth diapers and covers. I used baskets in the shelves underneath so I never had to go far to change a diaper.
4. Changing supplies that can move from room to room
~I filled a basket with wipes, sanitizer (for poop parties) and tushy cream. I could grab it with some diapers and change the boys in any room. You want to be mobile if needed.
5. Cozy blankets
~I loved cuddling with the boys when they were teeny tiny and nothing was better than cocoonin us both in a soft cozy blanket, we had them in every room!
6. Crib dust ruffle (to hide under crib clutter)
~Babies come with a lot of stuff. Stuff can easily transform into clutter. I love these dust ruffles I was given (thanks Mrs. A) because they did a wonderful job of hiding the storage bins full of extra clothes, socks, blankets...(the list continues). They were close enough for me to grab at a moments notice but out of sight keeping the nursery tidy at all times.
7. Comfy chair
~I knew having two babies (and a rather large TH) meant needing a more than average chair. Enter the Costco recliner. LOVE this and was easily the best thing we bought for the nursery. Super comfortable, had a rocking feature, reclines and allows you to kick up those aching feet!
8. Side table/bookcase
~There is no doubt wherever your chair is located you need a place to set down your "stuff". Nursing requires constant water and often times, snacks. If you are super data collectors like we are, then the iPad should be handy too so record information from the feedings. The bookcase was a plus since we did (and continue to do) a lot of reading.
Still have more questions on where to start shopping for your nursery? We would LOVE to help. Baby shower essentials are coming soon, so start brainstorming your lists future mommies!