Stay away from the tacky and gawdy baby stuff with these 8 stylish nursery essentials
The amount of stuff you need for your baby can be overwhelming. I mean, have you ever walked into a Buy Buy Baby? It feels like the ceilings are 100 feet high and there are products from the floor to the ceiling.
It’s hard to know what is important and what isn’t. It’s also hard for me because I friggin’ love a gadget. But I know half the gadgets out there are nice to haves, not need to haves.
There are so many products on the market, it’s hard to tell which ones will actually make life easier, especially if you’re just overwhelmed at all the cuteness.
I’m no parenting expert, but I have been around the block a time or two so I’ve researched all the best nursery essentials for you and sharing them with you here!
I’m Team No Tacky Baby Stuff!
8 Stylish Nursery Staples
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1. Crib mattress
Did I want a Newton baby mattress for Collins? Absolutely. Did I get one? Absolutely not. Why? Because I didn’t have $300 or whatever to spend on a baby mattress.
Instead, I got this awesome mattress from Amazon. It was roughly 1/3 the price of a Newton mattress and had great reviews on Amazon. The springs have some give, while still being firm which is great for babies. I looked at a lot of baby mattresses before settling on this one, and I’m so happy with it!
2. Crib sheets
I feel like crib sheets are a dime a dozen, but they’re 100% essential.
I would say to get at least 3-5 crib sheets, just so you always have several clean in case of middle of the night blowouts or something else cute and gross babies do. If you’re searching for a neutral sheet set, I love these from Amazon. They’re super soft, durable, come in tons of colors, cheap and have great reviews.
Seriously, what else could you ask for?
3. Ubbi Diaper Pail
This was a no brainer for me. We have had one since Char was a baby and have loved it.
The biggest selling point is that the Ubbi diaper pail uses regular trash bags and not any special bags like some others on the market do.
Our white Ubbi diaper pail that we got lasted through Charlotte and Josiah, but we bought a new one for Collins because 5 years of diapers with the poop of our kids took its toll.
4. A changing pad
But I actually love this neutral changing pad because you can use it as a changing pad or lay it on the ground and use it as a safe play space for your baby. If it gets messy, you can simply wipe it right off instead of having to deal with taking a changing pad cover off.
5. Wipes tray
Wipes are 100% essential. 2 things babies are known for are eating and pooping so you gotta be prepared for them both.
I actually have the OXO version of a wipes container that I’ve had since Charlotte was a babe 6 years ago, but I really love this one from Ubbi because it’s white and simple. The reason I say you need a container is they come with a weighted insert that holds them so when you’re pulling one out, the rest stay put. So you aren’t grabbing a handful of wipes that fall to the dirty floor.
6. Cute Storage
This is a must have. You’re gonna have baby crap. You just are.
Depending on whether or not said crap is in a closet or in the room itself will determine what kind of storage you need.
7. White noise machine
Some parents will try to steer you away from getting a sound machine for your kid because they’ll get “addicted”, but I think it works. I will take my kid being addicted to a sound machine over some random street drug any day.
We used sound machines for both of our older kids and they are still great sleepers. They help lull them to sleep, yes, but for us, our sound machines are more so helpful for us drowning out the sounds of us living our adult lives after they’ve gone to bed every night.
My favorite is the Hatch Rest sound machine because it has an app that you can use to control it and a built in night light. It’s come in clutch more times than I can count.
A white noise machine is a must-have if you’re planning on co-sleeping with your baby in those first few months too.
8. Video Monitor
You guys, there are SO MANY BABY MONITORS on the market.
I went through almost 6 of them before finding the one I love. I finally settled on the Infant Optix from Amazon and I’ve never looked back.
It’s lasted us from Charlotte up to this day. I love having my video monitor set up so that I can tell if Collins is just stirring around during her daytime naps or if Josiah is getting up to get into something he shouldn’t be.
Sometimes, it’s nice to sneak a peek into their room and see them sleeping and not have to walk through the house tiptoeing in sock feet (unless you’re lucky enough to live where your carpet is super soft).
Bonus Item: Glider or Rocker
Another one of those items that I would suggest you spend money on because it really does make a difference.
I still love the glider we have in Josiah’s room but it was just too big and bulky for the girls’ room and didn’t match their decor.
I had my doubts about this white rocker since it was so new it hadn’t been reviewed yet, but I’m EXTREMELY happy with it! It creaks a little bit but I think I can probably spray some WD40 on it and it’ll be perfect.
Whether you are creating a baby room for your first child or adding to an already full room like us, these 8 necessities will help keep the space looking stylish and functional.
Now go and snug up that baby of yours or if your baby hasn’t made it to your arms yet, go take a nap. I know you’re tired 😉