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When it comes to nursery decor and nursery essentials, it's easy to get lost between what you need and what you want. That Eames chair is so pretty and will do just fine -- I mean, I probably won't even take that long to nurse the baby anyway. ndlet guess what... what looks good in your little one's universe doesn't always equate to essential or practical. I know from experience.

When I was pregnant with baby number 1, I had a love for all things babies and kids -- children toys, clothes, nurseries. So when it came to decorating my little bundle's nursery, I got carried away. So many things that I didn't use, not even once, and that, by the time she actually used her nursery, she had outgrown. And so, in retrospect, I wish I had made the difference between what I actually needed and what was just a cute addition to the room. Luckily, I had the chance to redeem myself, with my second baby's nursery.

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With two years of motherhood under my belt, I used my experience with Indie Rey to consciously picked each and every item for the nursery of her little sister, Sienna. Of course, every baby is different, but better prepared than not, right?

Here are 6 nursery mistakes that I didn't make the second time around.

1. Rushing to decorate her room before she was born. My firstborn, Indie, didn't even used her nursery until she was four or five months -- she slept in our room until then. So really, for the first few months of her life, all we needed were my boobs (for nursing), a nursing pillow, diapers, swaddles and water (lots of water, for me). So if, as the AAP recommends, you choose to room-share for the first few months of your baby's life, don't stress if you need more time to decorate your little one's room.

2. Buying an expensive crib and not protecting it. Guess what... Babies get teeth, and when they get teeth, they bite and chew on everything. And cribs that are made of wood make the perfect teether. With Indie, we had a crib by Oeuf, and she gnawed at it like a little chipmunk. So when I chose Micuna Life crib -- a stylish, minimalist, customizable crib that converts into a toddler bed -- I knew I wanted it for the long haul. And so I got crib protecters that I plan on putting up before Sienna can stand and use it as a teether.

3. Matching the dresser to the crib. There are so many options to choose from, so why limit yourself to a dresser that matches your crib. By mixing it up, you can not only add a little fun to your baby's nursery, but also pick a dresser that will grow with her. The Babyletto Eero was the perfect pick for us: stylish and sophisticated enough that we probably won't have to change it when Sienna grows into a toddler and even early school years. Make sure it's big enough so that you won't end up with crammed drawers. It's best to air it out if you want to organize your clothing in a way that's easy to grab.

4. Getting super-chic, not so comfortable rocking chair. Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in the look of your nursery, you forget you'll be spending hours upon hours in it. And often in your rocking chair. I was tempted to buy a new rocking chair for Sienna's nursery, but this West Elm one was so cozy, I kept it! Plus, there were so many memories made in this chair with Indie Rey that I wanted to keep it for Sienna, too.

5. Going too basic on the baby monitor. If you're not a monitor parent, then this isn't for you. But for us, a baby monitor was really important. I personally want images and wifi so that I can check on baby without having to go in the room (hello me-time and sleep training!) and so that I can also check on her when she's with the babysitter, and I am out running errands. We're trying out the Lollipop Camera, and it's a perfect fit for me to juggle Indie Rey and make sure Sienna is safe while getting her rest in her crib. You can loop it right on the crib to get a close up view - an important feature for the early months of their lives - and mount it to the wall once baby is standing. Plus, it gives you data on your little one's sleep patterns, so it's perfect for those who are wanting to sleep train.

6. A rug that's beautiful but a pain to clean. Two kids mean playtime, stains, spills... As much as you want to keep everything clean, kids live in their own world, and it often comes with inevitable messes. So this time, I chose a Lorena Canals rug, which you can wash in the machine and dried in the dryer -- perfect to clean small and big playtime accidents. to ensure I can clean the rug from any accidents easily.

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Annie is a mama to Indie Rey and two mini Australian shepherds, Maddie and Macaron residing in Austin, Texas. She is the founder of A Little Bundle, started as a subscription baby box turned e-commerce, and a marketing service, Unicorn & Rainbows. Annie loves traveling, online shopping, food delivery and anything gelato related.

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Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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