if you haven't had the chance to see our other posts on "getting ready for baby" take the time to check them out:
co-sleeper or moses basket--
i personally never used either one of these, but know tons of mommies that have. in our home, the bedrooms are close together, so it is easy to get up and grab the little one when it is time to eat. my kiddos are amazing sleepers and great self soothers. i personally believe that part of the reason for that is because they always slept in their own rooms and cribs from day 1.....but i know that many of you will disagree, and that is *okay*! every mommy and every baby is different......find what works for you!
find a style you like, but my advise is do *not* spend a bunch of money on a crib. your baby will turn into a toddler that will chew on it. a crib is not an investment piece. it works for a small amount of time in your child's life and will be passed onto subsequent kids and when you are finished with it, you most likely won't be able to get a bunch of money for a used crib....so don't spend the money. also, i made the mistake of getting a convertible crib. a total waste of the money (in my opinion). if you are going to have more than one child, you will not even have the opportunity to use the convertible crib. what are your thoughts? do you agree?
we both actually believe that a good, firm mattress is something that you should invest in. the baby will sleep better and it will last through all of your kids.
get at least 2 (i say 3) extra sheets for the crib. in the middle of the night, when facing a blow-out diaper or spit-up you do *not* want to have to be doing the laundry. if you have two, you can have one for the bed and one for the laundry.
mattress covers (3)
same goes as we said above. you want waterproof mattress covers in the first place to protect the mattress. you want extra mattress covers for those middle of the night blow-out diapers or leaks so that you can quickly change the sheet and mattress cover and get back to sleep!
carters snuggle me boa blanket, green
i am a giant fan of swaddling. both of my boys were houdini-like in figuring out how to escape every one that i had purchased.....and then came the miracle blanket! it is like a swaddle/straight jacket all in one and is amazing. little ones wake themselves up by jerking their arms during their sleep. enter swaddling. problem solved.
(skip bed skirt and bumper for breathable bumper) traditional crib bumpers are in the news for causing all sorts of safety issues. i love the breathable bumper. it provides a border to contain the pacifiers, stuffed animals, etc and is safe for your little one. they come in all sorts of colors, so you will be able to find one to match your nursery colors. i know that the traditional bumpers are tempting, but pay attention to what type of crib that you are getting. if your crib had a solid back, you will have trouble attaching the bumper (this is the problem that i ran into with my first little one).
my sister received a nap nanny as a gift for her second baby, it actually seemed silly to me....but she *raved* about it and so my mother gave it to me as a gift for my second born. i fell in love. it is supposed to be amazing for babies for colic or acid reflux, but it also was soooooo amazing for my little one that had none of the above. it is lightweight and makes it a piece of cake during the newborn stage to pick up and move my little one while he was sleeping to other areas of the house....and most of all to keep him out of reach of his older, curious brother. it also came in super handy when traveling to not have to bring a pack-n-play or when we could go over to a friends home for dinner and he could peacefully sleep while we visited and ate. i recommend also getting a second cover for it in case of diaper mis-haps too. now that my little one is walking around, they both still love it as a lounge chair in front of the t.v. i don't see the nap nanny leaving us anytime soon, and seriously can't rave about it enough.
nellie was actually the one that turned me onto the idea of a noise machine. it is a wonderful addition to the nursery and will help drown out the noise of other siblings, visiting guests or simply of mommy loading the dishwasher. it now comes in handy for when we travel to drown out unfamiliar noises to the little ones in hotels or friends homes. i have used both of the ones below and love them both. the first one gives a fantastic white noise and the second offers many options from ocean waves to womb sounds.
this is certainly not a "must-have", but both of my boys have loved having this cute hard-shelled turtle on the floor in their rooms as a happy, soothing night-light that turns itself off after a certain amount of time.
space heater depending on where you live, it gets cold. heck, even in southern california it gets colder than little newborns can handle. instead of heating our whole house, we opted for a small space heater in the room with both of our boys.
the brand and style are up to you, but you will be happy that you have one. the peace of mind that it brings knowing that your little one is not going to roll over in their sleep is *well* worth it.
i have never used one, but lots of moms swear by them....and lots of drs recommend them too. it might be good to have one on hand for when your little one gets congested.
get one. whether it has a video or not is up to you (i have one with and nellie has one that is sans video). bottom line is that you will be happy that you have one.
boppy head support
my first born got the dreaded flat spot on the back of his head---agghh! it wasn't bad enough to have to wear the helmet, but i certainly didn't want to repeat the stress of worrying about it with baby #2. enter the boppy head support. i bought three and had one in the swing, one in the car seat and one as a floater for the vibrating/bouncing chair, etc. proud to say that my second baby boy had a round noggin with no flat spots. whew.
my option on binkies vs thumb/finger sucking is that (if you can help it) try to get your kiddo to like a binkie. my theory is that when the time comes to stop sucking on something....you can take away a binkie, but not a finger! try all sorts of brands and buy a ton when you find a style/brand that they like.
said before, here are our guidelines as mommies. we are not experts, we just wanted to take the time to pass on the knowledge we have gained from the experience of raising a total of 6 kiddos. if you have anything else to add to our suggestions, please comment and share your knowledge too.