One of my favorite parts of my first pregnancy was walking through the baby stores as a new prospective parent and looking at all the wonderful things that are available for babies these days. Soon after we found out that I was having a girl, my mom and I made a trip to Babies R Us. We spent most of our time in the clothes section, filling our shopping cart full of adorable baby girl outfits.
It wasn’t long after that trip that my husband and I made our way back to the store to register. When we signed up for a registry, we were given a pamphlet with a guide of suggested items that we should consider registering for, a goody bag full of samples, and a scanner to make our selections around the store. As we started down the first aisle, I quickly realized that this was going to be no easy task… There were a million choices for everything! How would I know which one to pick?! And, what did we actually need?
Thankfully, I didn’t have to have it all figured out right there in the store… We could make changes to our registry online. So, we made our way around the store and got general ideas of what we were going to put on the registry and scanned a few things here and there.
The real research began when I made it back home and began making my way through online reviews, mom blogs, and forums to try and figure out what we needed, what we could pass up, and which brands were the best.
Getting ready for our second daughter was a little easier from when we prepared for our first’s arrival. Ok… A lot easier! We already have it all!
Here are my favorite things that worked so well the first time that I had ready to go for our second daughter as well.
DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib, White – I just love the vintage look of this crib. It’s held up really well for the two years that our oldest has used it. We love having the four adjustable mattress positions and have used all of them. It has the option of wheels, but we took them off. It also can convert to a toddler bed with a conversion kit purchased separately. For the mattress, we went with the Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer® Dual Firmness All Foam Crib Mattress.
DaVinci Jenny Lind Changing Table, White – This changing table matches the crib perfectly and has also held up well. The one negative for us has been the shelves. Once my daughter was at the age of getting into baskets and shelves, I’d often find all the stuff I had stored on the shelves on the floor. We are still using this table for baby girl #2, but I will probably switch to a dresser when she gets to the point of pulling stuff off the shelves.
Little Castle Kacy Collection Morgan Nursery Swivel Glider – This was our biggest purchase when getting the nursery ready for our first daughter. And we have LOVED it! It is super comfortable and barely shows any wear and tear after two years! It has held up beautifully, and we plan on using this for years to come. The matching ottoman is a must as well because it glides, making all the late night feeding and rocking sessions all the more comfortable. We’ve been really happy with this glider and ottoman.
Boppy Pillow – There are quite a few nursing pillows out there, but this one seems to be one of the most popular. I read a lot of good things about the Boppy Pillow, so I went with it. I found it to be very helpful for nursing and also used it as a support pillow for my oldest daughter when she began sitting up.
Baby Shusher – I came across this lovely item when I hired a newborn photographer. She used this shusher during the session, and I immediately asked her where I could find one. Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, suggests using “shushing” as a way to calm babies. Knowing this, I planned on using a white noise machine of some sort, but early on, my husband and I spent a lot time making the shushing sounds ourselves. What I love about the Baby Shusher is it has two timing options, 15 minutes and 30 minutes, and also has different volume levels. It’s portable and uses two AA batteries. We use it during nap time, at night, and take it with us when we travel. I put it on the lowest volume and keep it across the room, and it’s still a part of her nighttime routine two years later!
Diaper Dekor Classic Diaper Pail – This diaper pail is easy to use. I was looking for something that I could just drop the diaper in but would also contain odors. Overall, we’ve been very happy with it. It’s super easy to empty when full, and the step makes it easy to just drop the diapers in. It doesn’t contain the odors 100 percent of time, especially the fuller it gets, but I think that’s to be expected with any diaper pail. I would buy this one again and recommend it to others. We buy the Diaper Dekor Plus Refills as well.
aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus Blankets – These blankets made with 100 percent cotton muslin material are great because the fabric is breathable and lightweight. We use the blankets for swaddling and also as stroller blankets on walks.
Board Books – We made reading books part of the nighttime routine early on because we want our daughters to love to read and know how important reading is to their development. One of our toddler’s first favorite books was Snuggle Puppy. Now at two years old, she loves all of her books, and we often find her “reading” to herself throughout the day.
Lamp – With all the late night nursing sessions, a lamp near the glider was a necessity. We have a small lamp on the nightstand from Ikea that provides just enough light.
Mirror – A mirror has been so much fun to have on the wall in the nursery. Ever since our oldest was born, I’ve always enjoyed holding her in front of the mirror and talking about what we see. Sometimes it would help calm her; other times it would be a source of laughter. Either way, a mirror on the wall is must have.
What are your favorite things in your nursery? Leave a comment below!