We all know that setting up your baby registry can be an overwhelming task. As first time parents, how can you be expected to know what you need and what products are best? I’ve been involved with the baby product industry for over 10 years, so at this point, I’m familiar with what is out there, but if you’re starting from square one getting ready for a new baby, you’re going to feel like you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
My #1 advice to you is to keep it simple. I’ve seen lots of recommended registry lists over the years, but you do NOT need everything on any of those lists. Making things modern includes keeping things minimal, so I believe in getting only what you really need and no more.
The first thing you’ll need is a car seat. You’re not going to be able to drive home from the hospital without it. Even if you have a home birth, be ready with the car seat at least by the time you get out for baby’s first check up! If you only want to buy one car seat, you can start off with a convertible car seat. If you want to carry the baby in and out of the car in their seat, if they’re sleeping, for example, you’ll start off with an infant car seat and then move up to a convertible car seat.
Pictured: Britax B-SAFE 35 Infant Car Seat
The next thing you must have is diapers. You can use disposables or choose cloth diapering. We don’t talk about cloth diapering here on the blog since I didn’t do it and don’t know much about it, but Babylist has a great guide to get you started and help you understand how it all works and what you need to know to make a great choice for cloth diapering.
Pictured: BumGenius All-in-One Cloth Diaper
Once baby is home and dry, they’re going to need a place to sleep. If you’re co-sleeping, this isn’t going to require any additional purchase, but you can choose a bassinet or travel bed for room sharing and nap time, or a crib for when you decide to have baby sleep in the nursery.
Pictured: Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper
To help baby sleep and keep them comforted, I recommend swaddling. There are lots of different types of swaddles, from simple muslin blankets, to specially designed zipper or velcro models. Pick what works best and makes sense to you, then try it out to see if it works for baby. Once you find something you both love, stock up on a few.
Pictured: Classic Swaddles from Aden + Anais
The next thing you may want to consider for your newborn is a bath. You could skip the infant tub by showering or going into the bath with your baby, but unless you’re willing to do this every time until baby is ready to sit up on their own, there are lots of different bathtub options specially designed to make both you and baby comfortable for an enjoyable bath time.
Pictured: Puj Tub
So, to sum it all up, in order of importance, my newborn registry list would include:
A handful of items are all you’ll need right off the bat to get started with your precious newborn. Babylist has put together a series of really great “Best of Guides” that include the top picks of thousands of parents to help you make a great choice in any of these categories. You can add your favorite products to your Babylist Baby Registry.
Thanks to Babylist for sponsoring this informative series. Next week, in part 2, we’ll share the most important pieces to help you prepare the nursery!
There aren’t many nursery furniture options right now that do this kind of conversion (I can only think of two others), so Oeuf’s Fawn is a welcome addition!
The two color combinations are White with Birch and Grey with Birch. The system comes with a bassinet mattress so you’re ready to use it from day one. Crib mattresses are sold separately and you can also purchase a toddler bed conversion.
I know everyone is clamoring for a co-sleeping option that will look beautiful in their bedroom, and since we’re out of luck with the Culla Belly co-sleeper, I’m going to recommend the Bednest. Read the information on their website to see all the reasons why the Bestnest is amazing, like the SafeBridge side panel, adjustable height, safety assurances and ease of setup. But you just need to get a look at it to know that you want one.
There’s also a special right now with the code USrental for up to 7 months with the Bednest, a new mattress, two white fitted sheets and free shipping and returns for $179.
We’re spending this week talking about our favorite categories in the Cribsies since it’s the last week to vote. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected and there’s still time to pick your favorites as the best for 2015.
Under the Nursery category, be sure to vote for the “Most Convenient Way To Be Close“.
The nominees are:
HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet
Chicco Lullago Travel Crib
Baby Home Dream Portable Cot
Monte Ninna Nanna
Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper (They don’t seem to specify any particular model but my favorite is the Arm’s Reach Concepts Cambria Co-Sleeper Bassinet)
If it were up to me, I’d add the Babybjorn Cradle to the list.
So, which bassinet are you voting for? Any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals?
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There are a few eye-popping new offerings from The Land of Nod. We’ve been waiting for this Spring 2015 collection since we saw previews of it on Instagram, and I’m just as excited about it now that I’m seeing all the pieces individually.
First and most notable is the Springwood collection. Designed by Maria Yee, each piece in the collection is handmade from bamboo and coated with a water-based finish.
The Springwood Rocking Chair is a unique, sculptural piece that adds a lot of style without taking up too much floor space.
The Springwood Crib anchors the collection, but I’m not sure why the back has to be higher than the front. I’m not usually a fan and don’t see the point unless it’s a crib that converts into a full bed, which this does not seem to do. $1500
Of course there’s a matching dresser ($1200) and changing top ($200). While the legs are beautiful, if you’re looking for a lot of storage, you might want to find another option.
Finally, there’s the gorgeous Springwood Bassinet. $550
The Land of Nod has really gone all out with bassinets this year and one might have to move from your “optional” list to your list of must-haves for baby!
In addition to the Springwood Bassinet, there’s the simple teak Olin Bassinet ($450)…
… and most spectacularly, the Norse Bassinet. This Scandinavian-inspired design is one of my favorite new baby furniture pieces in a long time. Other baby furniture brands are really going to have to start stepping it up in the design department!
There are a couple new small storage pieces that are worth mentioning. The Alto Bookcase comes in three colors with three base options that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect combo. I’m thinking we may need one in Walnut and White at our house. $250
I also like the little Next Chapter Bookcase. You can never have too many books nor too much storage. $250
Finally, the Neon Chalkboard Table is a fun pop of color for any child’s bedroom or playroom. It’s available with a hot pin or neon green base. $300
What new pieces are going on your wishlist?
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There’s a ton of baby gear on the show floor at the ABC Kids Expo and here’s the best of what I saw.
The Travel products from KidCo are no-nonsense, do what they need to do products, that work at home, while camping, or while traveling. The new items in the travel collection are the DreamPod Portable Bassinet ($150) and the TravelPod Portable Play Yard ($170). KidCo also added a lighter weight “Plus” model of the GoPod and updated the PeaPod as well.
For a limited time, this Dots by Karin BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft will be available exclusively at Kohls.com. If you want to go all in on the black and white for baby, you don’t want to miss this one.
Babyhome is coming out with another version of their Dream bassinet. The Dream Air has sides that unzip for ventilation and visibility. This type of mesh on travel sleepers and bassinets for air flow and ventilation was a huge trend across the board at the expo.
Regal Lager‘s newest brand, Qdos, has some great modern baby gate options including a transparent acrylic gate. I’d suffer a few hand prints on that thing rather than use a clunky unsightly gate, but that’s just me. Qdos is a whole line of safety products and I look forward to seeing the rest of the line when they launch.
In case there aren’t enough color options for your Maxi-Cosi Mico car seat, soon you’ll be able to customize your seat when you order it. It’s a great car seat to begin with and now buying your Mico has never been more fun.
There are all kinds of fancy special edition strollers out there with fun or fashionable fabrics and finishes, but this iCoo stroller is the first I’ve seen with a copper frame.
I got to check out Stokke’s Trailz, their heavy-duty all-terrain stroller. $1300
The Scoot is the compact Stokke stroller. I love that it it forward or rear facing and has an upright seating position. $600
Fisher Price seems to be heading in a good direction with this Comfort Curve Bouncer.
Nuna showed the Mixx stroller and the full sized Tavo stroller.
The new Wind attachment for the Leaf keeps the seat rocking automatically.
And here’s a new changing tray top for the Sena.
There was plenty of new stuff and many brands I didn’t even get to! For more baby gear and stroller coverage from the Expo, check out Growing Your Baby, Spilling the Beans, Baby Chic 101 and Baby Gizmo. It’s no wonder they had good coverage because I saw them all over the place!
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In the drool-worthy category at the ABC Kids Expo 2014 is the Rockwell Bassinet featuring a walnut base and sleek chrome frame.
A variation on the Ninna Nanna Bassinet, the Rockwell Bassinet is an even more spectacularly modern design.
In the glider section, two limited edition gliders make up the Wool and Walnut collection. Here’s a sleek Vola Glider in the wool and walnut combination.
This Luca Glider is shown in Oatmeal Wool with a solid walnut base.
The Joya Rocker looks amazing with a new sand fabric and natural maple base.
While we may dream of handcrafting our baby’s first furniture and imagine it being passed down through the generations, this just isn’t reality for all but a few creative individuals. Fortunately, those with the time and ability can sometimes be found sharing their skills with us on Etsy. Every so often I scan the site to see if the woodworkers and furniture makers have created anything for their littlest customers. This time I’ve found two handmade walnut bassinets worthy of the most fortunate babies as well as their babies and their babies’ babies.
From Fine Woodworking of SC, this beautiful hand-sculpted curved walnut cradle will someday be in a museum. Until then (for $6000), it can be yours. You can admire your precious creation sleeping in this precious creation– at least for a couple months until they outgrow it.
A little more realistic is The Sleeper Walnut Bassinet from rydenDESIGN. Pull this beautiful bed into your master bedroom and you’ll always want to have a little one to occupy it. $800
This bassinet from Turner and Branch is made to order and can be customized with your selection of woods. The one shown below is Walnut and Ash. $395
Which would you choose? What about if price were no object?
The co-sleepers currently on the market are not the most beautiful bedroom accessories. I KNOW (based on my blog stats) that you all are looking for a better options. Unfortunately, there are some serious safety issues to consider when it comes to baby sleep arrangements (remember drop-side cribs?) so manufacturers tread very carefully when considering and developing products that support co-sleeping arrangements.
If you search the web, you can find numerous creative individuals have designed lovely co-sleepers for use by their own families, but for those of us who don’t have a wood shop or don’t even have the first clue how to approach a project like that, there are a couple etsy sellers who are sharing their skills and creations. Would one of these fit your bedroom decor?
From Old New House, the Little Mod Co-Sleeper Wooden Baby Bed ($550)
From Rosette Custom Furniture, the Cherry Sidecar Co-Sleeper Baby Bed Attachment ($319)
The big question is, would you be comfortable using one of these handmade creations?
I’m merely posting this for your entertainment… at $16,320,000, the Dodo Bassinet Solid Gold from Suommo has got to be the most expensive bassinet of all time. I imagine it being the bed of choice for the offspring of ancient Pharaohs.
Fortunately, the bedding is included. How about throwing in the child’s college education while we’re at it?
For the older baby, the Bela Luxury Cot Gold Edition is merely $62,288 but I’m afraid the bedding is an additional $5,168. For some reason they throw in a free bottle of water.
I’m not even going to mention the pacifier– oh wait, I just did.
Have I sufficiently knocked your socks off?