Making your list and checking it twice…don’t start hyperventilating. The holidays are not quite upon us! But, if you’re a new mom-to-be, you’d better believe you’re doing this – and more – to get ready for your baby’s arrival. Everything either is about to change or already has, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, that’s more than normal. As you’re prepping and planning, we’ve got an easy-breezy new mom Nursery Essentials Checklist so that you’ve got the must-haves that every new mom needs. So, take a deep breath and relax – we’re here to help!
The Big Stuff: Obviously, you need furniture for your baby’s nursery, and there are a few pieces we deem essential — those being a crib, a changing table and either a rocker or glider, based on your personal preferences. When purchasing a crib, definitely do your research and double-check that it adheres to all safety guidelines. For this reason, you may want to avoid purchasing second-hand or used cribs as guidelines often change. A glider or rocker is great to have for those late night or early morning feedings. Right now, it’s easy to say you’ll have the energy, but give yourself 7 days with a newborn, and you’ll welcome the chance to lay your head back while you rock and feed. A changing table will be your new best friend as once you’re holding an infant, you suddenly need 6 extra hands to support her head, hold her firmly and then grab the diapers, wipes and more. One note of caution – even with a changing table and the safety strap that comes along with it, you never want to leave your child unattended. Always have one hand on your baby, leaving your second hand free. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how adept you get, using just one hand to reach everything!
It’s All About the Bottom: Once you have a newborn, you’ll be wowed with how much revolves around your baby’s bottom – diaper changing, diaper creams, diaper wipes and more. Yes, poop and pee will become a major component of your days and nights! So, it’s no surprise how many nursery essentials involve meeting your diaper needs. On your changing table, we recommend a changing pad and a changing pad cover for those leaky, messy diapers. You’ll also want a diaper caddy to organize everything for you – after all, when you’re handling a squirmy, fussy baby, the last thing you want to do is search. Your diaper caddy will conveniently and neatly hold your diapers and wipes, as well as creams and ointments that you’ll need. Creams and ointments, you ask? Definitely-as you want to protect your baby’s bottom after each changing, and more diligently at night. Of course, we love Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm for your daily regimen and Pibu’s Intensive Bottom Relief, also recommended by Moms OnCall (diaper rash products). These products – hypoallergenic and tested – were developed by dermatologist mom, Dr. Amy Kim to help you prevent and quickly clear up unwanted diaper rash. As long as we are on the topic of diapers – and it seems every new mom is – let’s talk Diaper Genies. No, this isn’t a magical being that comes and changes the diaper, but rather a storage system for dirty diapers. Whether it’s a Genie® or some other type of odorized diaper pail, you definitely want something in your nursery; after all, they fill up quickly!
Bedding and Beyond: You’ve probably gotten or will receive a beautiful bedding set for your new nursery. But beyond all the prettiness, make sure you have extras! We recommend 2-3 sets of crib sheets as well as 2-3 changing pad covers in your nursery; this way, you can have one in the laundry, one in the nursery and one available for that inevitable accident that will happen. You also want your nursery to have several blankets so that you can swaddle and wrap your newborn, as well as several burp cloths and a nice supply of onesies. The importance of swaddling is to recreate the tight, comforting environment of the mother’s womb. A hanging closet organizer is very helpful in keeping everything neat, as are baskets and bins that go on your changing table. Organization is key, as there will come a time when you barely remember your name no less where you put the extra blankies! Last but not least, don’t forget a hamper or dirty clothes basket as your new little one will create piles and piles of dirty laundry!
Sound, Music and Lights: Let’s face it – you’re going to spend a LOT of time in your baby’s nursery. So, make it safe and comfortable. Many new moms like music, be it an iPod or CD player, for when you’re trying to sleep or when you’re feeding your little one. A sound machine can also be soothing and drown out extraneous noises. A sound machine playing white noise mimics the ambiance a baby hears while in mommy’s tummy. We also recommend a night light for those sleepy nights when you’re stumbling into the room, ready to feed or change your baby. There’s no need to use overhead lights and fully wake your child, but you want to be able to see what you’re doing and where you’re going. And, of course, don’t forget a good monitor to help you know what’s going on with your baby, even when she’s asleep. Do your research and read the customer reviews about what moms liked and didn’t like to find the model that best suits your needs.
The Little Things: You’ve almost got your nursery fully stocked, but there are a few little extra items you might want to have on hand. Keep a baby cream to moisturize your newborn after bath time and when changing them each day. The more you lock in moisture, the healthier your child’s skin will be. Then there are binkys! “What’s a binky?” a mom-to-be may ask. These precious items – also called pacifier, paci, woobie and more – can be your best friend if your baby takes one (and your worst enemy if you lose them all). Be smart and stock up on these as you never know when they might come in handy and give you a few moments of peace. Other items you might want on hand include: hand sanitizer for those moments when you can’t escape to wash; books to read to your baby because reading’s wonderful at any age; and a few favorite, eye-catching toys that your baby will enjoy.
By now, you’ve hopefully breathed a nice sigh of relief and realized that you have almost everything that you need for your nursery. If not, don’t panic – that’s why baby showers, mothers and mother-in-laws are here to help. Before it’s all done and your beautiful baby makes her debut, you’ll have everything you need – and can cross one more “to-do” off that New Mom checklist.
The Baby Pibu Team